My name is Sue. For the majority of my working life I was a qualified general and paediatric nurse working in the NHS in Brighton and Gloucestershire. I have been a Staff Nurse, Ward Sister, Clinical Nurse Specialist and School Nurse. Although retired now I continue to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
I trained in psychodynamic counselling with Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS), the largest counselling provider in Gloucestershire, and also completed their Associate course for qualified counsellors and therapists. The training was accredited by the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).I have taken further training in Time Limited Dynamic therapy and regularly attend CPD training.
I am an experienced counsellor and currently work as an Adult and School Counsellor,and also as a Trainer and Assessor.
I am an Accredited Registrant with the British Pyschanaltical Council (BPC)and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Pyschotherapists (BACP) both are registered and accredited with the Professional Standards Authority.I adhere to their code of ethics and ethical framework repectively.
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What is Counselling ?
Counselling is a talking therapy held in a safe confidential and contained space between yourself and a counsellor. As a client you are free to talk safely without judgement, fear of rejection, criticism or blame.
Appointments are usually held weekly at the same time and place but can also be adapted to suit individual needs or shift patterns.
My role as your Counsellor is to help you gain understanding and insights into aspects of yourself previously unknown. This is achieved by bringing unconscious processes, resistances, defences, conflicts and feelings to the surface.
I will not tell you what to do, give advice or guidance but I will help you to become free to make your own choices
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor influenced by Psychoanalytical theory and Object Relational theory.
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviour. The goal of therapy is to enable a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the potential influence of the past on present behaviour. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships or occurrences that manifest themselves in emotional distress.
Psychotherapy is routed in Freud, but Object Relations was first articulated by several British analysts, among them Melanie Klein, W.R.D. Fairbairn, and D.W. Winnicott According to this theory, human beings are always shaped in relation to the significant others surrounding them. Our struggles and goals in life focus on maintaining relations with others, while at the same time differentiating ourselves from others. Our sense of identity and representations of self and others acquired in childhood are later played out in adult relations. Individuals will repeat old object relationships in an effort to master and become freed from them.
How can Counselling help
There are times in our lives when we may feel confused, anxious, lonely, stressed or struggle with difficult memories, relationships or situations. When we have problems it simply helps to share and talk of it to someone who will listen
Counselling gives you the space to explore and reflect on your feelings, worries and experiences enabling you to find a way forward. You will have the opportunity to express the thoughts and feelings you may not be able to share with friends of families.
Counselling has been evidenced to be helpful with
Lack of self worth and self esteem
I have a particular interest in Trauma and it's manifestation and expression in physical health symptoms .