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Counselling, Trauma Therapy & Personal Development

Sue Smith is a qualified counsellor accredited with BACP, and EMDR Europe.  Sue provides private therapy in person and remotely via video using predominantly EMDR, Unblocking and Rewind techniques.

Sue Smith Counselling is also known as County Durham Counselling.

Many people experience difficult life events from time to time, and sometimes people need help to work through and recover from the effects of those experiences.

We are all different and we all respond to challenges in different ways.

Sometimes we move on relatively easily and at other times we may feel stuck, as if our experience and feelings are going to define us forever.

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Sues Approach

Accessing counselling can be a big step to take. I ensure my approach is relaxed and welcoming. This is your journey and I work hard to provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and fears.

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Sometimes clients want to provide feedback about their counselling experience. Click the link here to read anonymised comments shared with permission of those clients. 

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Counselling Options

I regularly use EMDR when working with client trauma. However, everyone is individual so we will explore the best methods and tools for you when working together. Check out the link to see options beyond face to face sessions.

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Sue's Approach

Counselling is a talking therapy that enables you to process experiences and find ways to move on, it is also a useful journey for understanding self. 

I have a relaxed and welcoming approach with all my clients. We are all individual with our own unique needs and experiences. Words regularly used to describe me from both staff I have managed and clients are ‘real’ and ‘grounded’

Being ‘real’ and ‘grounded’ helps me to help you as we work through your journey together. Counselling is not about advice or me telling you what to do. The answers and the learning lie within you and I am simply helping you to identify them.

One of the most important factors in any therapeutic relationship is that you feel safe and comfortable with your counsellor. This is important if we are to explore at a deep level to help you to find meaning and gain understanding.

At an initial assessment you will learn about the measures I have in place to help you feel safe and at ease.

This includes how I protect your information, my confidentiality agreement, membership of professional bodies and other boring but necessary things like insurance. But most importantly you will get a feel for how we will work together and whether you feel comfortable with me.

You took a big step getting in touch and I respect that – its important you trust me to help you through the next steps.

I use a range of tools and techniques depending on your circumstances, but I always maintain a person-centred approach which means you are the heart of all we do.

Please check out my client testimonials >

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'Sue helped me to reflect on my inner self to a level which would have otherwise not been achievable. I would highly recommend Sue to anyone seeking help.’ 
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Fees & Options

Our fees and options have been specifically created with you in mind.

Free 30 minute initial consultation

60 minute session either in person or remote £55

90 minute session either in person or remote £75

Discounted rates for Trainee Counsellors who need personal therapy as part of their course requirements

Frequency of sessions vary depending on need & circumstance. They can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
This will be discussed at initial assessment.

Counselling Options

Counselling is traditionally thought of as a face to face meeting in a quiet and uninterrupted environment, usually an office or a room within a building or clinic.

It is more recognised now that as individuals this may not meet everyone’s needs. Some people work differently and during Covid-19 lockdown many people found alternative ways of working.

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