I decided to become a counsellor when I began to see the difference made to people’s lives when they were able to talk to someone in a safe space.
Feeling valued and heard changes people and counselling changes lives.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am proud to have worked, both in training and after qualifying, with WAVES Counselling Agency, Kooth and Cruse Bereavement Care.
Before I became a counsellor I worked in London within Hospitality Management then, after becoming a parent, as a Teaching Assistant working in primary schools. As well as my private counselling practice, I continue to work with WAVES Counselling Agency and Action for Children as a Children Services Practitioner.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My counselling practice is in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall. I work face to face with clients here as well as nationally in the UK with video and telephone counselling.
Counselling is a therapy where we can safely talk through things that are happening in our lives that are causing us pain, confusion and anxiety.
Counselling provides a way for us to deepen our understanding of who we are; why we think and act in the way we do. It can help us to grow individually as we begin to see ourselves in a clearer light and learn how to challenge ourselves to work through the areas of our lives that are either holding us back or causing us to feel stuck. We will become more accepting and supportive of ourselves, learning how to take care of ourselves so that we can live more freely and fully.
Life is usually full of ups and downs, wonderful moments and challenges. Counselling allows us to find ways to live the best parts with a more uplifting and energised feeling while allowing us to walk through the harder parts with more ability to negotiate the darker paths, with less fear and compassion, and confidence in who we are.
What happens in counselling?
Counsellors usually have different ways in which they work. Some may integrate various forms of therapy to support each client individually.
The most important element of counselling that will help with your therapy is the nature of the counselling relationship that we form together.
In our sessions, you will be able to safely, at your own pace, talk about and work through the issues that you are facing. I will be listening and trying to understand your thoughts, feelings, motivations and above all how your life is for you.
By being understood and knowing that you are truly accepted without any judgement or without someone trying to tell you how you should or shouldn’t be living your life, you will develop a sense that it is safe to explore those places in your mind and body that cause discomfort and distress.
I will be beside you in this exploration, supporting and holding the safety of the space wherever you choose to go in your memories, feelings and thoughts.
When will I feel better?
Counselling is a brave journey to undertake.
Sometimes we tend to block out pain, feeling it is better if we shut it away or don’t talk about it. This may work in the short term but usually the pain and distress will come out somewhere else, in another form or at another time when we least expect it.
Some people feel lighter straight away after the first session, others may start to feel uncomfortable as they start to look at different aspects of their lives. Then gradually as they unravel issues and begin to put them back together in a more comprehensible way, they will start to feel more comfortable and sure in themselves, growing in confidence and in their ability to live their lives more freely and contently.
Counselling is a commitment toward your wellbeing.
What I offer
I like to work with any issue a client brings to sessions.
I have particular experience in working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS), bereavement, loss, all forms of domestic abuse, childhood abuse, sexual abuse and assault, change and transition, stress, work related problems, bullying, loneliness, parenting issues, divorce and separation and co-parenting.
In Cornwall, I offer face to face counselling, home visits for those with accessibility needs, and walking or outdoor sessions. I offer video and phone counselling throughout the UK as well as in Cornwall.
I am able to offer sessions during the day and evenings Monday to Fridays, and Saturday mornings.
Fees will be discussed on our first contact.
Thank you, I don't know what I would have done without you. You've made such a difference in my life.
You really listened to me. I finally felt validated and have worked through so many things.
I feel different inside. I actually feel happy and I wasn't sure I would ever feel that again.
Suzanne Hutson MBACP