Hi, I'm Suzy, a person-centred therapist with a deep trust in the healing capacity that a counselling and psychotherapy relationship can provide.
I strive to build counselling relationships in which clients feel empowered and listened too, as I offer an attentive, understanding and accepting space.
I am a naturally empathic person and this helps me in my endeavour to form genuine and prizing relationships. I believe we always understand the other via ourselves, through our kinship as fellow human beings.
The nature of my counselling practice allows people to explore their difficulties; acquiring compassion, patience, and gentleness for self, the ability to feel in the present, to develop healthy boundaries that allow personal growth and healing.
How I work.
I am extremely attracted to the Person-Centred Approach, in which I'm trained, as it comes from a position that emphasises the uniqueness of each individual. Seeing beyond labels to the person, I recognise that it is you that knows yourself best. Each session is guided by what you want to do. I won’t say what we should be doing or talking about. My aim is to create an environment where you can work through your difficulties at your own pace.
My own experience as a client is valuable in enhancing my awareness, I know that the following qualities are especially important if you are to feel comfortable in sharing your difficulties: trustworthiness, honesty, being kind, supportive and respectful of you. There are profound benefits in experiencing a therapy relationship which is co-created and emerges out of equal, genuine, empathic caring and where these attitudes are perceived by both.
What to expect.
A sufficiently safe and trusting atmosphere is fundamental to growth. I will take you and your difficulties seriously, I am a good listener and I am willing to invest the time into building a relationship. I am open-minded and non-judgemental. Having someone to talk to who understands is an important part of counselling and recovery. Whatever is done and spoken about in the session is confidential (unless of course I feel somebody is at risk of harm).
By fostering therapy relationships where you are encouraged to speak in your own voice, in a climate of exploration; my experience is that you can develop the confidence and self-belief and an enhanced awareness of how to work through problems as they arise ~ guiding you in the exploration of possibilities and impossibilities. I offer a realness that is rarely available to us in our everyday lives, this kind of presence can be deeply therapeutic and ultimately lead to change.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision 2019, Nottingham Women’s Counselling Service & Counselling Xtra
- Certificate in Group Facilitation 2019, Temenos Education Ltd
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy 2007 – 2014, Temenos Education Ltd
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy 2014, Middlesex University
As well as working as a person-centred therapist, I am a trainer with an interest in anti-discriminatory practice. I have published several well received chapters in recent psychotherapy texts specifically dedicated to work within the diversity field.
- I am Chair of the Person-Centred Association in England and Wales.
- Accredited Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society.
I receive regular supervision and attend continuing professional development training. I also offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
I often work with clients who are in crisis and I work with clients who are experiencing particular areas of difficulty including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse and sexual violence, low self image, self-injury and self-harm, suicidal thoughts, PTS and post traumatic growth, diversity and identity issues, relationship difficulties and domestic violence.
I also work with young people who are living within social care settings and with mothers who have had children removed to this system. I work with people who are struggling with difficult family and friendship dynamics and with bullying and exclusion. I have knowledge, experience and understanding working with autism and neurodiversity. (Age range 16+)
I have a nuanced appreciation of the complexities of oppression in areas of diversity and an innate understanding of identity trauma and the human condition in all its intricacies. This is helpful in therapy where it is crucial to comprehend issues pertaining to power and powerlessness and the ways these factors are heightened in traditional hierarchical systems.
My standard fee is £45 per session.
I am still accepting new clients, I am currently working from home offering online counselling via Zoom.
I currently have a small number of free sessions I can offer to NHS, police, people working in the fire service, RM postal, retail workers etc. I am sometimes able to offer reduced rates for those on low income. If you think this applies to you, please ask for further details.
Please contact me to check availability, I offer evening appointments also.