As a fully qualified therapeutic 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 heal past hurts, understand ourselves more and 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. I have experience of working in a secondary school environment as a school counsellor, I have worked for Cruse as a bereavement support volunteer and within a recovery agency with clients who have issues with substance abuse. I have also gained experience in other areas of addiction including gambling addiction.
I am keenly aware of how our life events from early childhood can affect our mental wellbeing and for me it is not ‘what is wrong with you?’, rather ‘what has happened to you?’. I also have experience in offering counselling to clients with anxiety, depression and low self esteem/confidence issues.
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, I also can work creatively if this is something the client wishes or may be beneficial.
My qualifications include a Level 4 diploma in humanistic integrative therapeutic counselling, CACHE certificate in bereavement care, and a BSC (hons) in Social Science. I am currently taking an advanced diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling which enables me to integrate psychodynamic theory into my counselling work with you (due to be completed June 2019).
I have practices in two different locations, Leighton Buzzard and Pitstone. Please let me know which location you prefer when you contact me.
Sessions with me cost £40 per 50 minute therapeutic hour. Payment can be made either by BACs transfer or by cash on the day. Please ask me about concessions/low cost places.
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