Susan O'Sullivan MA

Counselling & Psychotherapy

for emotional wellbeing and healthy relationships

Parsons Street, Banbury OX16 5LY and Online

About You

Perhaps you’re looking at this website because there is a specific issue that is troubling you, or perhaps you’re experiencing difficult and unexplained feelings leaving you feeling lost or “out of sorts”. You’ve tried "getting a grip" but these feelings continue. Counselling can help you make sense of these feelings and give you insights into your own and others’ behaviours.

About Therapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy are called "the talking cures". The relationship between the client and therapist is one where open and honest dialogue is encouraged in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. You may find it difficult to speak of your "true" feelings because you feel guilty, disloyal or feel that you are just being stupid, weak and should "get a grip". It is my job to provide a supportive arena where all your emotions, thoughts and feelings can be freely explored and expressed.

How Long Does It Take?

This is difficult to answer. For some people a few sessions may do the trick; for others longer term therapy – anything from 6 sessions may be needed but you, as the client, always have the final say as to how much counselling you receive.

My approach to counselling involves

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): used for those presenting with a range of difficulties including anxiety and depression. The work concentrates on identifying your thoughts (some of which you may not be aware of) that fuel your feelings. Once these thoughts are identified we can than work on challenging the unrealistic beliefs you have about yourself, others and the world. It is a collaborative approach to therapy and we would work as a team in order to make you feel better. The work usually takes between 6 to 12 sessions.

Classic or Traditional Therapy - (Psychodynamic): Sometimes before the CBT model can be usefully used it may be helpful to take a deeper look at particular life events that may be responsible for unhelpful repeating patterns of behaviour or situations you may find yourself in. Together we would work to uncover the underlying causes to gain deeper understanding of all your difficulties and then we would work to resolve these difficulties which will allow you to make the necessary changes. The work is open-ended with regular reviews.

About Me

I am a UK Council of Psychotherapy accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor practicing at The Banbury Therapy Centre, Banbury OX16 9AJ. The Centre is within easy reach of Stratford, Leamington Spa and Chipping Norton. I also continue to offer online sessions.

Prior to my professional training in psychotherapy I worked in the medical film industry and later the prison service. I have also worked for the charities Sane (mental health), Aricas (domestic violence) and The House of St Barnabas in London offering support to the homeless and disadvantaged.

A countryside lover I enjoy spending my free time exploring the area with my labradoodles, Jimmy and Paddy who were, until recently, therapy pets and occasionally joins client sessions if appropriate.

As a professional member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy I am bound by their strict code of ethics, have regular supervision and undertake ongoing CPD (continuing professional development) in order to maintain high therapeutic standards.

Qualifications

Master of Arts Degree, Integrative Psychotherapy (Middx 2000)

PG Diploma, Integrative Counselling

PG Diploma, Integrative Psychotherapy

PG Cert, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

REWIND Trauma Therapy Training for Trauma and PTSD

EMDR Practitioner Level 1/3

Living Life to the Full Practitioner 2013

Remote Counselling & Psychotherapy

Video counselling using either Zoom or Skype is face-to-face therapy conducted over the internet as a video phone call. The past year has seen an increase in clients requesting this due to its convenience. Video counselling has benefits traditional face-to-face therapy does not have. It breaks down physical mobility and geographical barriers, providing flexible appointment times. Perhaps you would be more comfortable discussing significant issues without someone sitting in front you as you can express your feelings openly from comfort of your own home or office.

Who Uses Video Counselling?

Due to the pandemic many people are now familiar with this way of working. But it is a useful tool for those who suffer from shyness, live in remote areas, maybe you are trapped in the home due to disability or a phobia. Also, people on the autistic spectrum who sometimes have difficulty relating find this method of communication more comfortable. If you're unfamiliar with Skype or Zoom please visit the websites and have a look around. If you opt for video counselling we will agree fixed appointments and I will call you at these agreed times. Sessions are 50 minutes long and will be weekly depending on your needs.

Get in touch

with Counselling & Psychotherapy in Banbury

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services. Find out more by reading my Privacy Policy.


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