Sue Smith is Managing Director of Specialist Support Solutions and qualified counsellor providing private therapeutic work.
Many people experience difficult life events from time to time, and sometimes people need help to work through and recover from the effects of those experiences.
We are all different and we all respond to challenges in different ways.
Sometimes we move on relatively easily and at other times we may feel stuck, as if our experience and feelings are going to define us forever.
The human brain is conditioned to preserve life, and when we experience ‘out of
normal life events’ the more primitive areas of the brain take over to protect us.
In these circumstances we may be left with traumatic memories that remind us daily of the event, even though our logic tells us that it happened in the past.
The type of experiences that most often impact on us include Traumatic Childhood Events, Abusive and Controlling Relationships, Being Harmed and Witnessing Harm.
They can occur due to natural disaster, traffic accidents, sudden death, sexual violence, domestic abuse, and other violent incidents such as being assaulted.
Perhaps you simply want to understand your own emotions and behaviours, what triggers them, where they come from and how to use them effectively to build a positive future.
Regardless of the cause or what we call the problem: depression, anxiety, trauma, stress. The ability to understand and manage our emotions is a desire that many people seek in order to develop into the best version of us that we can possibly be.
Sue Smith Counselling – Sue’s Approach
Counselling is a talking therapy that enables you to process experiences and find ways to move on, it is also a useful journey for understanding self.
I have a relaxed and welcoming approach with all my clients. We are all individual with our own unique needs and experiences. Words regularly used to describe me from both staff I have managed and clients are ‘real’ and ‘grounded’
Being ‘real’ and ‘grounded’ helps me to help you as we work through your journey together. Counselling is not about advice or me telling you what to do. The answers and the learning lie within you and I am simply helping you to identify them.
One of the most important factors in any therapeutic relationship is that you feel safe and comfortable with your counsellor. This is important if we are to explore at a deep level to help you to find meaning and gain understanding.
At an initial assessment you will learn about the measures I have in place to help you feel safe and at ease.
This includes how I protect your information, my confidentiality agreement, membership of professional bodies and other boring but necessary things like insurance. But most importantly you will get a feel for how we will work together and whether you feel comfortable with me.
You took a big step getting in touch and I respect that – its important you trust me to help you through the next steps.
I use a range of tools and techniques depending on your circumstances, but I always maintain a person-centred approach which means you are the heart of all we do.
My extensive knowledge of working with trauma and maintaining a trauma focus has proven useful for many clients.
Please check out my client testimonials >
The outcome is different for everyone as everyone has a unique set of needs:
Many people access counselling because they have current difficulties that they would like help with.
Some decide the time is right to work on recovery from historic issues that they have lived with for some time.
Others have a commitment to looking after their mental well being by having regular counselling support sessions as an ongoing check in opportunity.
Frequency of sessions vary depending on the need. They can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly check ins. This will be discussed at initial assessment.
Counselling is traditionally thought of as a face to face meeting in a quiet and uninterrupted environment, usually an office or a room within a building or clinic.
It is more recognised now that as individuals this may not meet everyone’s needs. Some people work differently and during Covid-19 lockdown many people found alternative ways of working.