Real Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hi I am Sue. I am a qualified therapist and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy member.

If you are reading this, I imagine you are experiencing some challenging issues in your life. Whatever your circumstances, counselling can provide insight a safe space and support to find a happier you. I work with individuals and couples on a wide range of issues. If you would like further information please get in touch.

Welcome to ‘real counselling and psychotherapy’

A place to express your feelings and explore what is happening in your life in a safe, supportive environment. It may be life has recently changed, new challenges have appeared, or you may have always felt life was difficult and you need to explore issues that are causing you pain and making you feel unhappy.


It takes great strength to realise that life’s issues are becoming overwhelming, and together, we can explore your situation and help you understand yourself. The work we do together is not about me giving you solutions but helping you gain insight and knowledge to move forward and make choices throughout your life that enable you to be happier and more fulfilled.

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The work we do together is not about me giving you solutions but helping you gain insight and knowledge to move forward and make choices throughout your life that enable you to be happier and more fulfilled.


I work with people from all backgrounds and with diverse problems. I am trained to work face-to-face or online.


I am non-judgemental and accept you as you! Working with any client is a privilege as I share a time of change and discovery with them.

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A place to trust

At our initial session, we will discuss our counselling relationship. Our sessions take place in confidence with empathy, and without judgement. I will listen and view your life from your perspective to explore your thoughts and feelings freely.

Although I work with you holistically, how we work together is based on proven, highly respected methods and theories that have been used, researched and evaluated as effective.

Sharing for long-term results

When we are confused, anxious, distressed or have a sense of loss, it is hard to express our innermost thoughts as we are worried about being judged or think people may feel we should just get on with things! The reality is that many people I meet face difficulties in their everyday lives that are hard to manage. By sharing your concerns, we can work on methods and understanding that help.

A life that is yours

Sometimes, we go through each day on auto-pilot, or each day may cause us pain. We don’t get the pleasure from life we hope for, and often, there is a disconnect between how we are seen, what we want and how we feel. It is a feeling that can be unsettling and exhausting. Working together, we will hope to rediscover or discover a life that feels like it is yours.

Working with clients

Of course, we cannot pigeonhole our emotions and behaviours into a specific issue; many concerns cross over. For example, trauma may cause anxiety. So please don't feel that your challenges are simply a list of references and issues. Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any part of the counselling process.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief, loss, bereavement
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Issues relating to sexuality
  • Work-related concerns
  • Family issues

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07780 606420 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.


All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.