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I started counselling training in 2004 whilst working in mental health advocacy services, I have worked in voluntary and statutory sector services for more than twenty years. I am an experienced trainer and developed and delivered training to voluntary sector agencies for several years. I have been in practice as a counsellor for around15 years. I have worked in rape and sexual abuse services, primary care mental health counselling, addictions services, as a children’s hospice family counsellor and bereavement service counsellor, and have been in private practice since 2017.


Following completion of my Counselling Master’s degree I started teaching counselling in an FE college, I later moved into HE, where I have been lead academic and Personal and Professional Development Tutor to the MSc in Counselling in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. I have more than 10 years experience in the development and delivery of counselling programmes from introductory courses to Masters level. My particular specialisms are in skills development and assessment, personal and professional development, groupwork and managing risk. 

photograph of Sue

Current work & Practice:

In addition to my counselling and supervision practice, I am employed part-time as a Professional Standards Development Facilitator with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) the largest of the counselling and psychotherapy membership bodies in the UK. This work involves the development of competence frameworks and curricula for specified areas of counselling practice. I also undertake an external assessor and verifier role for a national counselling qualifications awarding organisation.


I am particularly interested in the impact of the outdoors and well-being I lead women-only bike rides through the British Cycling & HSBC Breeze initiative, and inTandem mountain bike rides, which is a partnership

enabling individuals to engage in physical activity to support psychological well-being.

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Qualifications & significant CPD activity:

I hold the following relevant qualifications:

Counselling Master’s degree - Bangor University

Therapeutic Counselling Supervision qualification (CPCAB L6)

CBT skills for Counsellors (CPCAB L5)

CPD Online & Telephone Counselling (CT 80 hours)

Walk & Talk Therapy trained - (Creative Counsellors CPCAB Endorsed CPD)

Fellow of the HEA

Couples Counselling - Eilian Counselling Training - Diploma in Relationship &

Couples Counselling (CMAA Accredited L4)

Schema therapy systems - Introduction to schema therapy

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