Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website

I'm Suz, I have been working in private practice since 2014.

I am a qualified person-Centred Counseller I hold a foundation and BA in counselling. I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and psychologists). I am also a qualified supervisor and offer supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors.

I have vast experience of working with the LGBTQIA community. I also have experience in working with Bereavement, anxiety, depression and much more.

Sexuality or gender may not be the issue leading you into counselling. You may feel more comfortable working with a therapist who can identify with you. I am that therapist and am aware from personal experience how important finding the right therapist is. Please get in touch to arrange an appointment.

I am a person centred counsellor

This means that I work alongside you each session is led by the client and what you bring to the session. I will help you to explore these issues which in turn will help you to become self-empowered.

Everyone is different and only you can truly know what it's like to be you, therefore you are the expert.

I am here to work alongside you as you discover your own path.

LGBTQIA affirmative counselling

I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to experience it more fully. I am an experienced LGBTIQA+ affirmative Therapist. I have worked as an associate counsellor in the NHS as part of Healthy Gay Life (umbrella). I am passionate about working with gender identity issues, sexuality and issues that may be experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community.

Don't hide your pride.

It is my belief that LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy can help people truly accept who they are by owning your own identity and being confident with your true self.

Counselling for gender and sexual identity

I understand the issues faced by those within the LGBTQIA + community, as I’ve worked with many clients to develop confidence with their identity.  Counselling for gender and sexual identity can have an enormously positive impact on mental health, as understanding and accepting one’s identity can lead to being happier and content during your daily life. I have extensive experience of working with the community and I am also part of the community.

Sexuality or gender may not be the issue leading you into counselling. You may feel more comfortable working with a therapist who can identify with you. I am that therapist and am aware from personal experience how important finding the right therapist is. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an appointment.

Clinical supervision

I offer supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors on an individual bases. Either online via zoom or in person at Regus Park House, Rubery, South Birmingham. I have worked in private practice for 10 years and have vast experience of working with the LGBTQIA client group, I am a Person-Centred Counsellor, and this underpins my supervision work along with the BACP Ethical framework. I am however open to working with other modalities. I became a supervisor in 2019 and hold OCN Certificate in counselling supervision.

Supervision provides a safe, reflective, learning space in which we will work collaboratively to inform your practice. I offer a free 30-minute meeting where we can discuss what your needs are from supervision at this time. This can be in person or via zoom.

Gender and sexual diversity

Our identity is something we spend most of our lives trying to discover and define. Our gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation form a key part of our self-image. While greater acceptance of diversity has become a cultural norm, we live in a society where our stories and communication are still grounded in heterosexual and traditional gender expression such as “boyfriend, girlfriend, he and she”. This language can create feelings of exclusion and isolation.

For some people, coming to terms with being different to the majority of their peers is in itself a journey filled with difficulties and challenges. When someone has come to a place of acceptance over their diversity, being surrounded by peers who can’t empathise or relate to the challenges they are facing can feel like a very lonely place. Making people aware that you are different from them can feel like a very stressful experience. You may not know how they are going to react in advance. It might be the case that your peers may have even said things in the past which indicate they will struggle to accept your identity.

As the reaction of those close to you can’t be fully known in advance of coming out, there will likely be some level of stress or fear of rejection involved. If your friends and family aren’t supportive, this can lead to confusion, doubt, depression, anxiety and low self-worth. Many individuals have also had to deal with conflict or abuse, both verbally and physically. Talking with a professional counsellor can help with all the issues discussed, giving you a healthy space to talk about the challenges, stresses and conflict encountered in regards to identity.

How can therapy help?

Although I work predominantly with the LGBTQIA community, I also work with individuals outside of this community. People come to me for help with a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to:

Coming out

Cross-cultural relationships

Religious conflicts

Transitioning or not transitioning

Gender fluidity

Questioning sexuality

Internal homophobia







Childless Not By Choice

Please contact me for further information.

Fees, availability and location

I offer sessions in-person in Rubery, South Birmingham. I also offer sessions via zoom; therefore, I am able to work with you were ever you are based within the UK.

All sessions are fifty minutes long. I charge £50 per session if working via zoom this payment can be made via BACS.

In person sessions can be paid for via card or cash.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my counselling or clinical supervision services. This enables us to discuss whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07747576372 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

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