Su WallaceCounselling for Couples, Individuals and Families

Qualifications and theory bases

> I hold a Masters Degree with Distinction in Relationship Therapy from The University of Hull via the Relate Institute (2015). This is a Level 7 qualification. This course is BACP Accredited, and had an integrative stance, blending psychodynamic theory and systemic theory on a person-centered platform.

> I am Relate couple and family counselling trained and qualified, and worked for Relate in Leeds for 7 years until they closed their doors.

> I hold a University Advanced Diploma in Couple Therapy from the University of Hull via the Relate Institute (2012). This is a Level 6 qualification.

> I hold a University Certificate in Integrative Counselling from the University of Leeds (2001). This was an integrative training blending person centered and psychodynamic theory. This is a level 6 qualification.

I am a trauma-informed counsellor and have taken several specialist advanced training courses to equip me for this work.

I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)* and Internal Family Systems (IFS) techniques to reach deeper and wider changes.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework .My major training is an integration of psychodynamic therapy (how the past shows up now); systemic therapy (how the families, work groups, friendships we are in affect us and inform our thinking) and solution focused/goal oriented techniques to get you to where you want to go.

*Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and a branch of behaviour therapy from the same family as CBT. It is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. I use elements of this therapy in most of my work; as a whole scheme of work it's particular goal is to enable an acceptance of the hardships we find in life to improve the overall quality of life, remove negative thinking or ruminating, choose a direction and implement mindful strategies to get there.

I am a trauma-informed counsellor and have substantial training and experience in working with trauma responses to both childhood and adult events.

I receive referrals from an expert in sex addiction, to help partners process and understand what is happening and how they might respond to their significant other who is taking addiction therapy, so if you have struggles in this area I can help you to regain your sense of self in a shifting world - this requires a commitment to a series of sessions.

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