Virginie Sussest MBACP
Due to the current extraordinary public health situation regarding the ongoing pandemic Covid-19. I am reviewing my way of working to ensure we all stay safe in accordance to best practice guidelines.
Therefore, I have taken the decision to offer sessions via audio visual links such as FaceTime/WhatsApp/Skype/Zoom and/or via telephone Call.
I am constantly reviewing the government guidelines and once this will be possible I will return to face to face sessions in my consulting room.
This is an unprecedented time, the coronavirus pandemic may affect us in all aspect of our life. Lock down, Isolation, the increases of death rate, the lost of loved ones, health’s consequences, job loss, and uncertainty might cause stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement difficulties in many people’s. I do think that having the right support is now more important than ever.
Thankfully to media, technology and internet we have now the possibility to continue therapy so people can still have access to the help they need.
Taking the decision to reach out and finding the right counsellor is a very important step in a person's life. I am passionate about giving people the supportive space they need to restore their equilibrium and explore what is important to them
Are you feeling depressed, anxious and unworthy; suffering loss, bereavement, abuse, or just wanting to make sense of the world and know yourself better? Counselling can help. As a psychotherapist my main concern is to provide you with an environment where you fell feel safe and accepted. A place where you can speak freely and reflect without been judged regardless of who you are.
A safe place where you can grow and blossom - I will not offer advice, but will offer a response appropriate to the material you have shared, perhaps offering a new perspective.
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. “ Sigmund Freud.
I value each person as a unique being who is just trying to do the best they can use the resources that they have as they respond to the world around them in the way they have learn to subsist. I enter every relationship with a deep sense of respect and compassion. I believe in the inherent potential growth in each of us.
My approach is integrative.
What I like about integrative counselling is that it brings together different component of specific therapy, allowing me to be flexible and focus on the whole of an individual. By integrating different approaches I can adapt to meet individual needs and concerns. I have integrated some Humanistic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy into my practice.
I will use the core condition to create a warm therapeutic relationship, providing in turn a safe holding environment - Everyone should be let to tell their story.
“The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.”
Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
Sometime our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which can be too difficult for the conscious mind to deal with. This approach can help can give you a better understanding of your issues and gain self-knowledge in addition to symptom relief.
“Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you” Donald Woods Winnicott”.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPPD, Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
- CPPD, Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Place 2 be, Level 3 Certificates in Children Counselling
- Cruse Bereavement Care, Certificate in Bereavement counselling
- Chrysalis, Advance Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Chrysalis, Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I adhere to the BACP code of ethics. I have also been practicing privately as well as with Cruse Bereavement care, for the past six years.
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
On your first contact we will agree on an initial consultation. This initial session will give us the opportunity to decide if therapy is the right path for you.
This might be the fist time that you will be given the possibility to express yourself openly and without feeling judged or this might be the fist time that you finally have a space that is just for you.
I can offer short term or opened ended integrative psychotherapy and counselling; for some people one or two sessions might be enough to tell there their story, to clarify their issues and think about ways of moving forward. Others might have deeper issues that will require long-term work, which can take months or even years. Everyone is different and will need different support.
Appointments are on a weekly basis, but this will be discussed at the first meeting.
Low cost counselling.