Frequently Asked Questions
What are your qualifications?
Foundation Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling (1999)
Post-graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2002)
Master's Level Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004)
BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist by BACP MBACP (Accred).
Accredited counsellor by Cruse Bereavement Care
As an accredited member of BACP, I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (which means that I regularly attend workshops and seminars and also read widely to keep me up to date with the most recent research and recommendations for practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy).
How experienced are you?
Counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care (5 years)
Counsellor at Leicester Counselling Centre (10 years)
Counsellor/Psychotherapist in private practice
18 and over (no upper age limit)
I have been practising in Leicestershire for 17 years
I work with individuals and couples who contact me directly and also those referred by their workplace or doctor.
I have many years of life experience concerning the relationships between men and women (and have also published in this field). This gives me, perhaps, a broader perspective than most.
I am co-director of Coach House Counselling, a therapy practice which provides counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families.
How do you work?
As a qualified, experienced practitioner, I am here to help you to make sense of your past in a way that may help you move forward into a more dynamic, fulfilling present.
Age is no barrier to this. Older people who feel they have "missed the boat" or are anchored in the past may find they are able to move forward in ways they had not previously envisaged (one client expressed it as, "It feels as though a stream was blocked and now is flowing again").
How many sessions will I need?
This very much depends on you. Some clients are able to move forward after only 6 sessions, others need (and prefer) longer. We will consistently assess progress, so the number of sessions is tailored to the individual.
Clients often ask, "What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?" Many experienced practitioners believe there is no difference; some counsellors are practising psychotherapy without realising it. A qualified psychotherapist will be more aware of the theory and the impact his/her practice may have on the client.
How does psychodynamic counselling differ from person-centred counselling?
"Psychodynamic" means, literally, the dynamics within the self (or soul) and is partly about looking at the past as it impacts on the present. The practitioner will have a comprehensive knowledge of child development, and will use this to help the client understand why (s)he behaves as (s)he does in the present.
Person-centred counselling is very much about the here-and-now relationship with the counsellor. The counsellor will focus on whatever the client brings to counselling and accept this without judging.
There are many other kinds of counselling. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is particularly popular just now as, rarely exceeding 8 sessions, it is more cost-effective to those providing it - for example, the NHS. It is directive (rather than following the client's pace) and engages the cognitive (thinking) part of the client by setting "homework", tasks, etc. This can be useful for some people, but others find it distinctly unhelpful. Many often return for therapy that addresses the root of their problems and proceeds at their own pace (rather than the therapist's).
What is important is that you find the therapy that best suits your needs. In an initial session, you will be able to discuss what your needs are and how they might best be met.
As a highly experienced practitioner, I act as a consultant to trainees or experienced practitioners who wish to gain perspective on their work with clients
What is your fee?
My usual fee for individuals is £50.00 per session (50 minutes). Where a person genuinely cannot afford this, yet I feel I may be able to help, I will negotiate a fee.
My fee for couples is £70.00 per session (1 hour 20 minutes). An hour's session is £50.00.
Where is The Coach House (182A London Road, Leicester)?
The Coach House - which is a dedicated space where clients are able to explore their difficulties ( i.e. not a residential address, where people actually live) - is situated between St.James the Greater Church/The Old Horse Inn and Evington Road, opposite Victoria Park. It is approached via.a short cul-de-sac, Victoria Terrace. There is limited parking to the left of 182A. There is parking alongside Victoria Park (for a small fee) outside the hours of 4.00 - 6.00 p.m. There is also some parking on St.James Road and a public car park on Granville Road, both a short distance from 182A. See map on Home Page or, for a live map, visit www.susanbyrnecounselling.co.uk