Suzanne Whiteman

MBACP Counsellor

About Me

Welcome, my name is Suzanne. Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. A bit about me, I am 38 years old. I have a diverse background and I am used to tackling the more complicated sides of life. I have matched my professional skills to be relevant to my experience, so that I can assist others on their journey when things are tough, in the hope that something of our time together will embed itself securely enough that it promotes forward movement and an easier path.

I am currently working with clients from various settings and with a variety of presenting issues, such as having been bullied in school either currently or in the past, separated families, acting out behaviour (including any addiction or compulsive behaviour) that is impairing their ability to stay connected in a relationship or at the extreme end, has caused them to commit an offence. I have been working in a rehabilitating way with people coming out of abusive relationships and looking at complicated and complex family dynamics, with the said and seen and the unsaid and unseen forms of communication that take place. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • DipHE Counselling – Level 5, Roehampton University (Waverley Abbey College)
  • DipHE Sex Addiction – Level 5, Steph Palin, The Cedars Therapy Institute (deferred/current study)

I have experience in addiction recovery and mental health, working often with families that have been separated because of the chaos that accompanies substance misuse. I am trained both in secular and Christian counselling and work in an interpersonal way, that facilitates the exploration of the whole person, and looks at different parts of their identity and studies reactions and actions to understand more what might be happening when it comes to the area of choice. 

I am trained in the Waverley Integrative model of counselling which uses a framework that’s relational in its approach and emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship and adherence to the core conditions: genuineness, unconditional acceptance and empathy. 

The Waverley Integrative Framework can be described as a holistic approach that reflects on the client’s history and all current circumstances, and on all core aspects of human functioning, relational, physical, spiritual, and existential issues by considering core needs each person has for security, self-worth and significance. 

I am a member of the following professional bodies: 

Areas of counselling I work with

  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Bullying (adults)
  • Chronic Illness and Pain
  • Depression
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Faith and Culture
  • Loneliness
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Personality Disorders
  • Physical abuse
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Sexual Identity and Gender Dysphoria
  • Sexual Performance/Drive
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Stress management

Fees

  • Please contact me directly to discuss fees

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