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Suzanne Fricker

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Suzanne Fricker

PGDip, MA, MBACP

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Suzanne is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling; she draws on extensive training and experience to work with individuals facing varied challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you train in Psychotherapy and Counselling?

Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in the commercial world of buying and business management. I always enjoyed the people side of my work, and I wanted to understand myself better and find out more about what makes us who we are – as individuals and in relationships, personal or professional. As I became more immersed in my studies, I came to see the potentially transformative value of the psychotherapeutic relationship and I began training to make this my career.

Where did you train and what was the course like?

Over the course of four years I trained at Regent’s University London, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. My masters research considered aspects of the maternal relationship.

Continuing professional development is important to me in providing the best care that I can to the individuals that I work with, and I have completed several issue and client group specific training courses, including Mentalisation Based Training in working with adolescents at The Anna Freud centre.

Tell us about your career so far

I trained and continue to work with a well-established and respected local charity, I also have a private practise in Henley. Having initially qualified to work with adults they still form much of my client base, however I do work with young people and I am also involved with work to help support parents.

What type of clients do you work with?

People often seek counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives, but you don’t have to be in crisis to seek therapy. Perhaps you sense that something doesn’t feel right and is unsettling you but you don’t know what, or maybe you just feel ‘stuck’. Talking to someone outside of friends and family who can offer a professional, confidential and non-judgmental space, so that together you can press pause and focus on you, can be transformative.

I work with all sorts of experiences and challenges including but not limited to: Specific problems such as anxiety, depression, anger management, obsessive compulsive disorders; Relationship challenges; Identity issues; Periods of change and life transitions; Ongoing and non-specific feelings that create unease.

What is your style of practice?

I work relationally within an integrative framework which means that I draw on several different therapeutic approaches to work with you as an individual, and consider the therapeutic relationship key in effecting change.

I work with clients in both time limited and open-ended therapy; the number of sessions will depend on you and your needs and what you are comfortable with. In certain settings I also offer SST (single session therapy).

Generally, I work face to face, but currently I am offering telephone and online counselling. I have undertaken additional training to support this.