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Susanna BrownI am Susanna Brown. It can be confusing when you are searching for a counsellor. I think it helps if you have some information about the person you will be seeing, so I have put together some information that I hope you will find useful.

About my qualifications and experience

I specialise in Person Centered Counselling because it is widely used for a number of difficulties that many people experience in their daily lives.
Person Centered Therapy (PCT) was developed by Carl Rogers in 1940 and still sets the standards for all counselling and psychotherapeutic therapies. The core principles of the are:

  • Congruence – this means not acting, but being myself, which allows you to also be yourself.
  • Unconditional Positive Regard – this means I accept you as you are. I listen and try to understand. I don’t judge or give advice.
  • Empathy – this means that try to accurately understand, and appreciate what it is like to be you.

Being a person centered counsellor also means that I have a humanistic and holisitic approach. I work with you as a person, and I help you to rediscover your natural drive to live creatively and fully using your potential.

There have been many advances in counselling and therapy including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, which are perhaps the most well known.   I incorporate CBT, Mindfulness and other therapeutic resources into my work so you can be confident in being able to have access to a wide range of solutions that might work for you.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with 10 years experience and have worked with more than 1,000 individuals.  I continue to build on my training and experience and specialise in relationship counselling for individuals and couples.  I am a member of the Association of Independent Practitioners (AIP), the International Centre for Clinical Excellence (ICCE) and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

You can find out more information about my training and experience on my membership page at the BACP.

About me and my interests

I have a strong interest and enthusiasm for learning, and a particular interest in the recent developments in neuro-psychology and philosophy of mind, including spiritual aspects of psychological health and wellbeing.

I write a number of articles for publication and print.  Many of these are available through my blog, and I hope provides an extra resource for information and advice on a number of different topics.  My relationship website Someone to Love provides information and resources for people who are looking for help with romantic relationships.

I am a Trustee and Director for the Manchester Branch of Mind, acting as a volunteer to support the tremendous work of Mind, in tackling the stigma of mental illness, and providing advocacy, advice and support.

If you have any questions, large or small, please do contact me. You can talk to me, and I would be pleased to help.