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About me and my therapy practice
I'm Sue and I have 15 years experience of counselling individuals in East London from a diverse range of backgrounds.
I believe that we all deserve to be heard. My counselling practice is based in person centred theory so I aim to create an environment in which clients feel valued and understood.
I work with a range of issues: anxiety, childhood abuse, depression, family problems, relationship issues, self esteem, social anxiety etc. I also have a great deal of experience in bereavement counselling. I believe that my own life experiences and the therapy and counselling that I received as a result of these help me to be able to help others.
I have also worked with trainee counsellors to provide the therapy element required by the counselling course.
I am guided by the BACP ethical framework for counselling practice. I have a supervisor who I am in contact with every 4 weeks and I meet monthly with a group of other qualified therapists so that I can address any issues I may have in working with my clients and to gain support and continuing professional development.
I offer short term or more open ended therapy. A client may opt for short term work of 10 weeks and this can be reviewed as the sessions progress and we move to an ending when appropriate. Longer term work of 20 sessions or more usually needs a longer period of review before completing the sessions.
My interest in counselling began after receiving counselling and therapy for some of my own life issues. I qualified as a counsellor in 2006 and joined the BACP register of counsellors in 2013.
The current situation of a world wide pandemic has impacted on everyone and some have found it more difficult to deal with than others. I am able to support people who are finding this a difficult time to be living through.
I use person centred theory as the basis of my counselling practice giving clients respect for who they are. My training was as an integrative therapist and covered different counselling theories, CBT, psychodynamic theory, Gestalt, Existential counselling and transpersonal theory. I believe that hope is part of the human condition and that with help we can find hope and strength to recover and move on from challenging situations.
Our childhood experiences and the family we were brought up in help to shape the adult we become. Difficulties as we grow up can lead to patterns of behaviour that we may not always feel comfortable with. A good counselling relationship can help overcome some of the difficulties we carry from childhood. Feeling better about ourselves can help our relationships with others to change.
Life can be confronting and problems can seem insurmountable at times. The help of an experienced therapist is often invaluable.
My first session
The first session I have with a new client involves an assessment to find out what areas the client feels they need help with. I like to find out a little about a client's family background, living situation and any work s/he does. This gives me a picture of what the client's life is like.
At present I like to conduct the first session on Zoom so that the client can see me and I can see him/her! Further sessions can then go ahead using Zoom or telephone. As Covid restrictions begin to ease it may be possible to return to face-to-face counselling and that is my preferred way of working. This can be daytime or evening and I work from a location in Stratford and also a location in East Ham.
I explain my price for counselling sessions in this first assessment session. I explain boundaries in counselling and that counselling is confidential except in certain circumstances. Any personal information about the client is stored safely with respect to the GDPR, General Data Protection Regulations. This first session allows the client to see if they feel that I am someone they would feel happy to work with as a counselling client.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling