NOT AVAILABLE Susan is not taking on any new clients until 1 February 2022.ANNOUNCEMENT
My role is to provide confidential support and guidance to help you resolve personal, social or psychological challenges. Put more simply – helping you to find ways to deal with the things in life that trip you up, so you can live the kind of life that you want to.
I work toward creating a safe non-judgmental environment where you can talk about struggle and difficulty in ways that you really feel heard. I try to balance that with a forward-looking focus as to what will be helpful to you now in dealing with these issues. My intention in a counselling session is that you leave knowing that you have been heard as well as leaving a counselling session with one or two key actions points that you can take to help you on your wellness journey.
My practice is based on the belief that you are the expert in your own life – so it is important to me that we work together to understand what you want from counselling. You choose the destination and we work together on the journey to get there. I can work with you to identify emotional triggers, unhelpful thinking patterns, helpful and unhelpful stories we tell ourselves, barriers or blockers that are currently in your life. Together we can look at ways at how you can get the better of the things that trip you up – rather than them getting the better of you. You may call this developing helpful strategies to manage your life more effectively.
My background is in Narrative Therapy: Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
I work with a range of different clients across different therapy areas as the need arises. I have expertise in Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have extensive experience working with clients around trauma and grief and loss – both physical loss such as a physical injury as well as bereavement.
Coaching and mentoring corporate clients. This includes managing large workloads, managing stress, improving communication within the workplace, work life balance. This is very helpful for private clients as well.
I believe that supervision is an opportunity to reflect on one’s practice in a non judgmental exploratory way. Important for me is that it includes reflecting through the lens of current developments in our field. Hence my own professional development and staying abreast of what is happening in our field is very important.
I have completed supervision papers at a post graduate level. As previously indicated, I have a Masters degree in counselling and a Masters degree in Social Work.
My work on Grief, Loss and Hope has been published as well as work I have done in the area of Sex, Intimacy and Spinal Cord Injury. I have presented at a number of conferences on these topics.
I supervise a range of Health Practitioners including counsellors, nurses, social workers, peer support workers, school guidance counsellors and students. I have supervised people for over 15 years.
My areas of particular expertise include: