Suzy Cole BEd, PG Cert, MEd, MSc
I offer therapy to children, young people and families.
I am a cognitive behaviour therapist, teacher and trainer. I work in private practice and in schools. I have worked with children and young people for 27 years.
Work with children and young people
Therapy for children and young people (up to the age 20), as I practice it, provides a safe space to explore and understand complex issues at a pace and in a way that engages young people. In order for children and young people to be helped they need to be heard, accepted and supported non-judgmentally.
The therapy that I offer is tailored to suit the needs of the individual, taking into account their age, ability, gender and cultural and religious background. I usually see clients for a minimum of once per week, people can be seen for shorter or longer periods depending on what is agreed by us all.
I draw on a wide variety of approaches, including CBT, psychodynamic therapy, family therapy and mindfulness.
I am experienced at working with a range of issues including:
- Exam stress
- Social anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Separation anxiety
- Self harm
- Bereavement and grief
- Eating disorders
- Low self esteem
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Peer on peer sexual abuse
Work with parents and carers
I work with parents and carers of children and young people of school age directly on issues such as conduct problems, anxiety disorders, depression and self harm. I have frequently worked with parents and carers of adolescents to negotiate through this often challenging period.
I am experienced in working with families whereby the most effective intervention is to work holistically with the family members to bring about positive change, for example this may be the case with eating disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
BEd(Hons), PG Cert (Family Therapy), MEd, MSc (Child & Young People CBT)
I have undertaken considerable training in child and young people cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy and mindfulness. I have had extensive experience of working with children and young people since graduating with a degree in religious studies and education in 1992.
I continue to work in secondary schools teaching religious studies and sociology up to A Level. After several years on the senior leadership team at a secondary school in Southall, London, I retrained at the Anna Freud Centre in cognitive behaviour therapy for children and young people studying for an MSc.
I have completed the foundation training in family therapy at St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, as well as studying and practising mindfulness having completed an eight week programme and a summer school with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
I have completed training in child and adolescent development with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, mentalizing at the Anna Freud Centre and peer on peer sexual abuse.
I am DBS checked and fully insured.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Peer on peer sexual abuse
Sessions run for 50 minutes and start at £60 per session for individual work and £100 per session for family work.
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