Human Givens Therapist
I work as a Human Givens Psychotherapist. Here is a short video (1.5 mins) I made so you can check me out and see me explain a bit of what I do.
I offer a free 15minute Discovery Call for you to explore if what I offer is what you want. I'm happy to do this with the parent of a child or young person.
When we meet I will listen carefully to what you are concerned about and together we will work out whatever it is you would like to change and to get support with. You choose what to work on in each meeting we have. We will have a clear agreement and boundaries to create a safe place in which to work together. Our sessions are confidential unless otherwise agreed.
I have worked in a range of settings within health and social care, in the NHS, in charities, and in my private practice.
More about me:
Here is a link to an interview about my approach to being a therapist and why I do it Sue Gray | www.hgi.org.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have undertaken various trainings and continue to do professional development and attend professional Peer Groups. I have an HG Supervisor to ensure that I offer a safe and effective service.
I am a qualified and registered member of the Human Givens Institute (HGT) www.hgi.org.uk which is also accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) https://www.hgi.org.uk/find-therapist/therapist/sue-gray
I have an MSc in Rehabilitation Counselling from London University. I am open to work with people with all types of disabilities – do contact me if you have questions about this.
I am an accredited teacher of Co-Counselling International (CCI) - a self-therapy peer-run organisation.
I also work as a mental wellbeing trainer for a mental health charity.
I started my career as a neurological physiotherapist, moving on to run a Brain Injury Unit in which I also worked as a psychotherapist for people with brain injury and their families. I became director of a hospital, followed by business and service development in the NHS and the charity sector. Throughout this time I have been a psychotherapist working with individuals, and a trainer in emotional health and mental wellbeing.
I actively encourage people to increase their knowledge and skills so they are more confident and successful in creating a life that works well for them. And to help them feel empowered to ask for help when they need it, and create effective systems to maintain balance in their life.
To learn more about my career in organisations visit my LinkedIn profile or give me a ring.
I have been married, have two children and a number of grandchildren.
How I Work
Individual Therapy - I begin by finding out about you and the difficulties you are experiencing. Often from the first session we will begin using relaxation methods, together with a range of techniques to help you as you deal with things in your life. These tools activate your own natural resources and are key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress and give you hope.
We will also work out some achievable and realistic goals, starting with small manageable steps and continuing at a pace to suit you. Together we will set goals that are clear and meaningful to you.
From here we can activate your resources to help you to feel better and take back control of your life.
At each session we check what impact the treatment is having and, if necessary, work through any unanticipated difficulties.
Treatment ends when you are happy that you have made enough progress to continue living a healthy life without regular assistance from me. Human Givens Therapists do not encourage people to become dependent on therapy.
How long will it take? Everyone’s situation is different, but we aim to take as few sessions as possible and you can fully expect improvements to begin from the first session. The average number of sessions is between four and six.
For further information on Human Givens go to: www.hgi.org.uk
What else do I do?
As well as therapeutic work I undertake projects as a Trainer, Consultant and Researcher. I am a consultant for EastSide PrimeTimers Charity Consultants | Eastside Primetimers | Charity Recruitment (ep-uk.org).
I also work for workplace counselling services such as Red Poppy and PTSD Resolutions, where the payment is managed via the external organisation. I am an approved provider for AVIVA Health Insurance.
The therapeutic background I use most often in all aspects of my work is the Human Givens Approach.
Per 60 minute session
Individuals: £75 Face to face and £65 Online.
Couples: £120 Initial session and £100 follow up sessions (£110/£90 online).
I also see Couples with my partner Steve Roche: Couples Coaching | BWIS
Two Coaches for Couples: £160 First session which is 90 minutes plus a pre session questionnaire, further sessions £110 for 60 mins (£150/100 online).
Preferred is bank transfer to Santander, Sort Code 09-01-28, Account Number 67891505. Otherwise cash or cheque at the end of the session. I do not have a card machine. Receipts provided. Bursaries may be available - please talk to me if cost is an issue.
NB: Except in exceptional circumstances the full fee is charged if you cancel your session with less than 24 hours or do not attend.
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Sue taught me that what I think effects how I feel - and then supported me to apply that knowledge to take back control of my life and be a more confident and calmer team leader. She was kind and I felt she 'got' me and understood what I was saying.