Balance Counselling and CBT

in Clevedon                   

Balance Counselling and CBT

in Clevedon

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to Balance Counselling and CBT

with Sue Phillips-Clarke

Most of us at some point in our lives will find life challenging and difficult to cope with. Stressful life events, now or in the past, might have difficult and unexpected practical and emotional effects on us. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed, stuck or out of control; not knowing quite which way to turn. We might just feel as though we’re not ourselves and wonder whether we’ll ever feel like ourselves again. At times like these, it can feel really helpful to access a supportive talking therapy like counselling or CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) to help find a way forwards, and just to get some relief by talking about the difficult thoughts and feelings.

Welcome to Balance Counselling and CBT

with Sue Phillips-Clarke

Most of us at some point in our lives will find life challenging and difficult to cope with. Stressful life events, now or in the past, might have difficult and unexpected practical and emotional effects on us. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed, stuck or out of control; not knowing quite which way to turn. We might just feel as though we’re not ourselves and wonder whether we’ll ever feel like ourselves again. At times like these, it can feel really helpful to access a supportive talking therapy like counselling or CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) to help find a way forwards, and just to get some relief by talking about the difficult thoughts and feelings.

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go

Services

Services

The Way I Work

The starting point for counselling or CBT is to conduct a careful assessment. This gives you space and time to tell your story, to discuss openly how you’re feeling and to check for any symptoms that you might be experiencing. I’d usually expect this to take one session, at the end of which we can talk about what might be best for you. The way I work is flexible and will very much depend on you, your story and what would be suitable for you.

Counselling provides a safe space and time for your voice to be heard by someone who is impartial and not involved in your life outside the counselling room. Counselling is non-judgemental, honest and compassionate; whatever the problem. Counselling is led by you at your pace and this can help you make better sense of your difficulties in order to start to feel calmer and happier.

A cognitive behavioural therapy approach also starts with time and space to have your voice heard. In addition, I would discuss with you some specific behavioural or cognitive techniques which you could try. This might involve home-practice with some reading and use of worksheets to fill in. It’s a more structured approach which can be really effective for common mental health difficulties like stress, depression, anxiety or phobias.

Sessions are confidential. Each session is one hour long and normally delivered weekly over a period of time agreed between us. I provide support that can be flexibly tailored to your needs.

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Calmness and clarity

Calmness and clarity

Calmness and clarity

About Sue

About Sue


Hello, I'm Sue.

I started my working life as a lecturer in social sciences in further and higher education. I lectured for 14 years, during which time I developed an interest in counselling, so decided to retrain.

In 2008 I started training as a counsellor and worked for 3 years at a college of further education as a counsellor-in-training. I worked with clients who were struggling with low self esteem, family problems, low mood, loss, bereavement, self harm, stress and anxiety.

 

Since 2011 I have worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at the NHS service Positive Step.
This role involves:

  • Individual sessions and group work
  • Helping people with common mental health problems like depression and anxiety using mainly a cognitive behavioural therapy approach.
  • Working with clients struggling with physical health problems like pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and lung disease.
  • Another area of special interest is weight management. I’ve run a course to help with weight management for over four years. This course introduces a holistic approach to weight management to help break the diet cycle, using ideas from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy.

My Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, 2011, Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies (CBT), 2012, Exeter University
  • MSc Medical Sociology, 1993, Royal Holloway University of London
  • BSc (hons) Sociology, 1992, Portsmouth University

Continuing professional development training:

  • Risk awareness
  • Working with self harm
  • Low intensity CBT for OCD
  • Behavioural experiments in low intensity CBT
  • Generalised anxiety disorder in low intensity CBT
  • Case management supervision
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Safeguarding
  • Psychological approaches to physical health conditions
  • Long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms
  • Association for the Study of Obesity, UK Congress on Obesity
  • Abuse, trauma and dissociation

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work according to their framework for ethical practice. I am fully insured.

Hello, I'm Sue.

I started my working life as a lecturer in social sciences in further and higher education. I lectured for 14 years, during which time I developed an interest in counselling, so decided to retrain. In 2008 I started training as a counsellor and worked for 3 years at a college of further education as a counsellor-in-training. I worked with clients who were struggling with low self esteem, family problems, low mood, loss, bereavement, self harm, stress and anxiety. Since 2011 I have worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at the NHS service Positive Step. This role involves:

  • Individual sessions and group work
  • Helping people with common mental health problems like depression and anxiety using mainly a cognitive behavioural therapy approach.
  • Working with clients struggling with physical health problems like pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and lung disease.
  • Another area of special interest is weight management. I’ve run a course to help with weight management for over four years. This course introduces a holistic approach to weight management to help break the diet cycle, using ideas from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy.

My Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, 2011, Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies (CBT), 2012, Exeter University
  • MSc Medical Sociology, 1993, Royal Holloway University of London
  • BSc (hons) Sociology, 1992, Portsmouth University

Continuing professional development training:

  • Risk awareness
  • Working with self harm
  • Low intensity CBT for OCD
  • Behavioural experiments in low intensity CBT
  • Generalised anxiety disorder in low intensity CBT
  • Case management supervision
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Safeguarding
  • Psychological approaches to physical health conditions
  • Long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms
  • Association for the Study of Obesity, UK Congress on Obesity
  • Abuse, trauma and dissociation

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work according to their framework for ethical practice. I am fully insured.

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Keep a balance in your life,
acknowledge the great powers
around us and in us

 

 

 

Keep a balance in your life,
acknowledge the great powers
around us and in us

Keep a balance in your life,
acknowledge the great powers
around us and in us

Contact

Contact

Contact details and making an appointment

Telephone:

Mobile: 07742 061 977
Fox Hall Clinic Reception: 01275 877359

Email: sue@balancecounsellingandcbt.co.uk

Address:

Fox Hall Clinic
9a Teignmouth Road
Clevedon
North Somerset
BS21 6DL

Sessions can be delivered at Fox Hall Clinic or over the telephone.

Appointments are available on Fridays and some evenings.

Fees:

Sessions at Fox Hall Clinic £45 per hour (payment by cash or transfer)
Telephone sessions £25 per hour (payment by transfer)

Get in touch.
I'll be pleased to contact you
to see how I can help.
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