As an experienced, psychotherapeutic counsellor, I am acutely aware how important it is for us all to look after our mental wellbeing. I believe that counselling can really help us to understand ourselves and our needs more and therefore live more contented and personally fulfilling lives. This is why I trained to do this work and to be in a position to offer this service to you.
I started my private practice in 2018 and since then have helped clients presenting with a range of mental health issues, anxiety, addiction, relationship difficulties, bereavement, low confidence/self esteem and childhood trauma.
I have experience of working as a placement counsellor in a secondary school environment as a school counsellor. I have worked for Cruse as a bereavement support volunteer and also as a counsellor within a recovery agency with clients who have issues with substance abuse. I have also gained experience in other areas of addiction including alcohol and gambling addiction.
I teach Level 3 counselling studies one evening per week and I welcome student counsellors who are seeking therapy as part of their course requirements.
I am keenly aware of how our life events from early childhood can affect our mental wellbeing. For me, it is not ‘what is wrong with you?’, rather ‘what has happened to you?’ Exploring our pasts and making peace with them can enable us to live in the present and make the most of our lives in the ‘here and now’.
I work in an integrative way, which means that my training involved studying and understanding the personality utilising different theories. My core therapeutic approach is person centred, based on humanistic theory, however I also integrate psychodynamic, transactional analysis, and CBT. This blend, which is my integrated approach to therapy, is adaptable to my clients needs and what they want to achieve from therapy.
Whilst I offer a talking therapy, some clients may prefer to work more creatively. For instance, by drawing, or using mood cards, or taking you through a guided visualisation. Visualisation is particularly valuable in Inner child healing work which I have a particular interest in.
My qualifications include CPCAB Level 5 advanced diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling, CPCAB Level 4 diploma in humanistic integrative therapeutic counselling, CACHE certificate in bereavement care, and a BSC (hons) in Social Sciences. I also hold a diploma in Inner child healing. I am currently studying a Level 6 diploma in clinical supervision.
My practice is based in dedicated counselling rooms in Leighton Buzzard and I work from home one day per week, seeing clients in my cosy garden cabin in Pitstone, near Tring.
1:1 sessions face to face sessions with me cost £45 per 50 minute therapeutic hour. Couples counselling £60 per 60 minute session. Payment can be made either by BACs transfer or by cash on the day. Please ask me about concessions/low cost places.
I also offer on-line counselling using Zoom software and telephone counselling at £45 per 50 minute session. Do contact me to find out more.
Low cost supervision offered from £25 per hour. Please contact me to enquire further.
I hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
I am registered with the ICO and your personal information from the moment you contact me will be stored in accordance with GDPR requirements.
Thank you for finding out more about me. Please contact me if you would like to book an initial appointment. Warm regards Sue