Sue is an Integrative Child Psychotherapist who has been working in the field of mental health, counselling and psychotherapy for more than thirty years. Sue attends carefully to what is communicated by the child, young person, adult or adults she is working with to support them to articulate something of their experience. She works in a way that suits each client drawing on a range of approaches. Sand tray, play and use of images can be brought in to explore thoughts and feelings and help begin to name and share them when it is hard to find words. Naming and sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences contributes to a growth of self-understanding and capacity for choice. Given time, difficult life events and history can be processed or digested through such shared exploration and so lessen the way they can sometimes leak into and adversely affect present day to day life.
Sue initially trained as an adult counsellor and worked with young adults in the voluntary sector and held posts in psychiatric settings in both health and social care mental health services. She has also worked with children and young people in a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, a multi-disciplinary voluntary sector Children’s Service and private practice. She works with parents and is a trained parenting support programme facilitator with experience of individual and group work with parents. She has also worked as a manager of counselling and psychotherapy services in schools and for adults and as a supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists. She has trained to deliver a Mindfulness curriculum for secondary school students.
Sue currently works in private practice with children, young people and as a supervisor. She also offers psychotherapy for adults and parents.
Sue draws on her adult and child trainings and experience of parenting programmes in her work with parents. Her approach is to offer pragmatic support as well as a space to think about the child/children and family life. She works with the parental couple to support them in their relationship and in their parenting. She has a great deal of experience of working with parents whose children are having difficulties. These may be for a range of reasons such as conflict or relationship issues between the parents, family break up, bereavement.
Sue has a strong interest in working with neurodiversity and supporting children and parents of children who have received a diagnosis of autism or ADHD for example or who are beginning to think about assessment.
One to one child psychotherapy and adult psychotherapy, parent work, ASD, ADHD, trauma, divorce, bereavement.
MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, Diploma in The Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, Diploma in Counselling, Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists, Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.