Experience change with
Dr Susan Jacques
'It is during our darkest moment that we must focus to see the light' Aristotle
Services I Offer
As a psychologist I offer one-to-one talking therapy that focuses on supporting you to understand and manage emotional challenges and mental health issues that may be affecting day to day life and functioning. I can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, a lack of purpose and meaning, difficulties with relationships, attachment related issues and health conditions.
I specialise in offering psychological support for those who have directly or indirectly experienced the effects of COVID-19, such as health anxiety, stress, sleep disturbance, lack of focus and concentration, or changes and adaptations to work environments.
Ecotherapy - Taking therapy outdoors
Ecotherapy is a therapeutic approach that involves the practice of increasing mental and physical wellbeing through accessing the outdoors. It rests on the idea that we are positively influenced by our natural environment. Research has shown that when we mindfully connect to our environment by spending time outdoors, it helps to improve low mood and promote a sense of calmness.
My approach to therapy is integrative in that I draw from a number of theoretical frameworks which are used at different times where appropriate to understand your experience, needs, values and goals. This includes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT), Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), and Transactional Analysis, an approach that focuses on how our communication behaviours impacts our relationships, both personal and at work. Regardless of the approach I employ, I work in a holistic way that allows me to explore all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing. Importantly I work relationally, creating a safe environment that will allow us to engage with each other, and thus provide a space that will enhance personal growth and meaning.
I am a HCPC registered Doctor in Counselling Psychology with over 12 years of experience of working within the NHS, voluntary services, and in private practice.
I have worked with both children and adults in a wide variety of settings, including a local Wellbeing Centre, CAMHS, a university counselling service and more specialist services such as an obesity and a chronic pain clinic. More recently I have worked in the areas of cancer recovery, and with those learning to manage the psychological and physical effects of COVID-19.
I have advanced specialised training in the Psychodynamics of Human Development (MSc from Birkbeck University), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies, and Transactional Analysis (TA) with the Berne Institute.
I am approachable and authentic, and offer a genuine and compassionate understanding of your emotional experience. Importantly, I am non-judgmental, respecting and accepting you as an individual regardless of what you may bring to therapy. I fully embrace difference, be it as it relates to race, social class, gender-role identity, sexuality, age, disability, religion and spirituality. My areas of interest include exploring the deeper or higher aspects of the self, and encouraging people to recognise and their strengths and accepting themselves through the process of learning to be self-compassionate. I also have a specialist interest in health psychology and working with people who struggle with the effects of having a long-term condition.