Sue Seager

Sue Seager


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07368590416
Website

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Therapist - Bourne End

Bourne End SL8
07368590416
Sessions from £50.00

Features

Availability

I work Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5.30 pm and provide some evening sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays between 6 and 8 pm.

I do not work weekends.

About me and my therapy practice

I am now providing some face-to-face sessions as well as online and phone counselling. Please visit my website at www.life-chance.co.uk for my safe working policy and COVID-19.  

I offer a safe, private non-judgemental space to listen and collaboratively explore problems, relationships and the emotional impact of difficult experiences so that you can feel more positive, resourceful and find ways of moving forward. 

It sometimes takes time and always takes courage to seek help, so I offer a an introductory meeting up to 30 minutes which is free of charge and without obligation. This can be over the phone or in person for anyone who would like some support but needs to find out a little more.

I also offer group and individual clinical supervision for counsellors in training and experienced therapists. Student therapy and supervision rates are available for counsellors in training and I offer concessions for NHS front-line workers and for people experiencing financial hardship which might otherwise prevent them from accessing therapy. 

Please visit my website www.life-chance.co.uk for more information. 

Practice description

I work one-to-one with young people aged 13 and above and with adults of all ages. As an experienced therapist, I support clients experiencing  common emotional wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and relationship difficulties. I also have experience with a broad range of more complex mental health concerns and the impact of childhood adversity and neglect. 


I have particular experience in working with survivors of trauma including post-traumatic stress and dissociative disorders associated with abuse and harmful relationships,  and with ‘teenage issues’ such as anxiety, anger, depression, peer relationship problems, self-esteem, identity including sexuality and gender, self-harm and bullying.

For issues that need exploring in depth or are complex, I offer long term therapy. I also work on a short term basis and include approaches such as solution-focused brief therapy and CBT tools where there are specific issue to examine or where time is more limited.

Some people find that alternatives to talking therapy can be helpful for approaching problems or gaining insight so as well as using listening skills, I can introduce creative or written resources, Mindfulness, somatic exercises and grounding and relaxation techniques.

What is most important is finding a way of working that best suits you and one where you feel comfortable, understood, supported and safe.

My first session

A first session involves us making a working agreement about expectations and limits of the therapy and getting to know each other to build trust and rapport. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions and clarify anything. I send a written agreement in advance which explains confidentiality, professional ethics and other administrative details and I will go through it with you when we meet.

Usually a first session involves you outlining what help and support you might need or summarising difficulties that have brought you to counselling. However, I respect that this may take time to share, particularly with traumatic experience and you may not have a clear sense of what exactly is troubling you. We will work at your pace and I won’t have an agenda or tell you what to do. The therapeutic space allows freedom for you to reflect, explore and express yourself.

A first session can also be approached as a taster to see if you find the 'chemistry' works, are new to counselling or not sure. I do not generally impose form-filling or 'outcome measure' as experience tells me that between us, we will identify when goals have been met, what progress is being made and when you are ready to finish. However, I have a range of simple measures to track progress if you wish.

I also use the first session to check that I have the professional competence to support you effectively. For example, if you need turned out to be something outside the therapeutic scope such as housing or financial management, I would sign-post alternative help. If I gauged that you were in a mental health crisis and needed more intensive psychological intervention than counselling could offer, I would also help in making a referral to an appropriate service that provided this specialism.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Supervisor - Bourne End

Bourne End SL8
07368 590416
Sessions from £60.00

Features

Availability

Monday to Friday 9-5.30 pm

6-9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

I do not work weekends

About me and my therapy practice

Sue provides clinical supervision for trainees and experienced therapists working in charities, agencies, CAMHS service and in private practice.

 Previously she worked as a tutor in counselling skills, teaching the person-centred approach at an FE college and as an affiliated counsellor to the Psychology department of a Young Offender Institute, as a senior practitioner for a national children’s charity counselling vulnerable teenagers and in school counselling roles including in state schools and at a prestigious independent school offering support to pupils and staff.

As well as her general counselling experience, Sue has particular experience in working with more complex mental health issues, psychological trauma, attachment issues and dissociation including working with abuse survivors so brings a trauma informed perspective to supervision. 

Sue uses the person-centred listening skills of her originally training in combination with knowledge gained from extensive CPD to offer an integrative approach that meet the needs of individual supervisees. This can includes perspectives on CBT, solution-focused approaches, attachment-based approaches, psycho-education and a trauma informed approaches.  

As a group supervisor, Sue offers a unique blend of creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge and facilitation skills drawn from her work as a counsellor, prior experience as a trainer for a national charity, her private sector marketing career and service delivery experience in Children's Services in the public sector. 

My first session

First sessions involve negotiating a supervision contract to cover how we will work together including ethical boundaries, administrative processes and preparation for supervision.  It is informed by the BACP ethical framework and specifically the Good Practice guidance on supervision. 

We will also look at your specific needs as a supervisee which may differ according to experience level and any specialism in your client work or setting, for example requirements for multi-way working such as report writing for training providers or local protocols for volunteers in counselling agencies. 

Typically counsellors in training will want a greater level of educative input and practical support as they begin placements with clients and experienced therapists  will look for a more consultative approach, deeper examination of client process and additional perspectives on client material and therapeutic modalities. 

I will explain my approach and expectations as a supervisor so that we can check we are a good enough match to form a successful supervisory alliance. 

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Humanistic, Integrative, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Telephone counselling