Whether you’re thinking about counselling for the first time or you’re coming back to it after a break, it can be helpful to have some idea of what to expect and how it all works. To start with some basics about me; my name is Susanne Hart and I am a qualified counsellor with a diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC).
I’m an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (NCS); a leading professional body for counselling in the UK. This means that I'm also registered with the Professional Standards Authority so you can be reassured that the work I do is fully regulated.
As a counsellor, my aim is to establish safe counselling relationships that are built on respect and trust.
The therapeutic model I use is called the person-centred approach, which means that I consider you and your experience to be unique, with no set of rules that fits you exactly.
My role is to walk alongside you as you explore your experience and how it is impacting your life now so that you can reconnect with who you really are, rather than the person that you have become due to difficult circumstances or because other people expect you to be that way.
I take the same approach with realtionship counselling for couples. You are both unique, so your relationship will be unique too. Understanding the bedrock of your relationship along with the hopes, expectations and assumptions that you’re both bringing to it, is important if you’re hoping to move past whatever is getting in the way of being happy together.
I also use other techniques and theories that I feel are compatible with the way I work.
This is known as an integrative approach because I am integrating other theories from outside of the person-centred tradition.
What will happen if you make an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment, I will invite you to come to my counselling room in Knowle, Bristol for an initial consultation.
This first session is as much about you checking me out as me seeing if I might be able to help you. Contacting me in the first place might have been a big step so you need to be sure that the service I offer is right for you before we agree anything further.
If you’d like to book more appointments, there’s no specific number of sessions that you need to sign up for.
Some people feel able to support themselves again after only a few sessions, while others might want longer. I usually suggest that we meet for eight sessions as a starting point. Eight sessions is usually enough time to work through something more short term but is also enough time to get to know each other and build a strong therapeutic relationship if you’d like to go on to explore something that may be more complex in nature.
This is just a guideline though and how long we might work together is entirely dependent on what you feel you need and is something that we will agree together.
Counselling Sessions and fees
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and costs £45 for individuals and £55 for couples. If you are meeting with me at my counselling practice in Knowle; fees are payable at each session. If we have agreed to work online, payments should be made by BACS in advance of each session.
I also offer online counselling sessions. You might consider online counselling if you have limited mobility, have difficulty accessing transport, feel safer talking to someone from your own home or you simply find it hard to fit a one-to-one meeting into a busy schedule. If you would like to access my online counselling service, please call on 07592 593 734 and I will be happy to discuss whether it might be right for you.
Online counselling isn't suitable for everybody. One of my key aims in counselling is to provide a safe environment for you to share your experience so it's essential that you still feel safe if we are talking via video rather than meeting face-to-face in the same room. For that reason, it’s really important that we discuss your options fully before we book any sessions.
• Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (DipHIC) - BCPC (2013)
• Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy - BCPC (2010)
• Certificate in Couples Therapy - Centre for Relational Couples Therapy (2014)
• Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness - British Mindfulness Academy (2016)