Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Newton Aycliffe

Newton Aycliffe DL5
Sessions from £55.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, thank you for reading my information.

Deciding to access counselling can be a big step and choosing the right therapist is an important factor in that journey. 

The first meeting can be daunting and many new clients feel nervous on arrival. Most are put at ease quickly but please do read the information provided here which will hopefully give you a little more insight. 

If you have any questions relating to any of my information please do get in touch.

I am a qualified counsellor and fully insured to provide trauma therapy and counselling. I work from home which is a quiet location in the South West Durham area. 

I work with a range of issues and presentations utilising many therapeutic tools to fit the needs of my clients. 

My main focus is working with adults who have experienced traumatic life events. I am a trained EMDR and Rewind Practitioner and regularly use these trauma focused tools in therapy.

I have worked therapeutically with individuals for over 26 years specialising in work with clients who are recovering from traumatic life events.  I have experience of working with people traumatised by sudden death, life changing events, major incidents and those who have experienced personal assaults.

For 16 years I specialised in working with survivors of Domestic Abuse and controlling relationships and those who have experienced sexual violence including childhood abuse.

Many of my clients have long term trauma symptoms, PTSD or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). EMDR has proven an effective tool for many and can be used for other presentations including phobias and anxiety.

All counselling work is undertaken subject to acceptance at initial assessment.

Outreach is available in some circumstances. Remote counselling on request.

Session fees £55 per session, inclusive of all preparation work and interim support call when necessary.

Concessionary rate of £40 per session for counselling students requiring personal therapy as part of their training.

Practice description

My therapy room is a summerhouse located in a tranquil garden overlooking fields. We named it Esperanza which is the Spanish word for hope.  

Specifically designed to create a safe, relaxing and confidential environment, client feedback has been positive. It is warm and inviting and although I can book rooms at nearby health centres, most clients prefer to attend here. 

The pace and methodology used in the therapeutic journey will vary from client to client. Your specific needs can be discussed at our initial meeting.

My first session

Your initial appointment will last around 30 - 40 minutes, is free of charge and gives you the opportunity to get a feel for where we'd be working along with a sense of if I'm the right therapist for you. 

This session also gives me the chance to discuss how I might be able to work with you and details of my contract.

There is no obligation to continue beyond that initial appointment but if you choose to go ahead sessions are £55 for an hour.

Frequency of sessions are dependent upon circumstance and need.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Development coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Eclectic, EMDR, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited