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Sue Lewis

Sue Lewis

Abdominal-Sacral Masseuse in Chipping Norton

Sometimes life can just feel overwhelming, and we can feel lost. Maybe there's been a loss, or something difficult to deal with. Sometimes patterns reoccur from the past, or we need to face something that can't be avoided any more. I believe that we all need meaning, connectedness, pleasure and satisfaction from our lives, and often this is sadly lacking.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help with these things. I provide a boundaried, safe place to talk about, and explore, your feelings, and work out anything you'd like to change in your life.

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and have been working one to one with people both short and long term for nearly 20 years. In my counselling and psychotherapy practice in a beautiful area just outside Oxford, I work with people who want to discuss things such as stress, bereavement, relationship issues or depression. In working through these issues in counselling, a more fulfilled and happier life is possible.

I am accepted by the following private health insurance companies to provide therapy for their members : Bupa, Aviva, AXA, WPA, Vitality Health.

On a personal note, I really love my work. Whilst people often have painful and sometimes harrowing things to tell me, and may be in a very difficult time of their life, it is so inspiring to see them deal with it, change what they need to change and come through it, often in a much better state than before the difficulty. It is so rewarding - a privilege, really - to be alongside them as they find the courage and inspiration to deal with whatever it is that is troubling them. I also learn a lot myself and am usually immensely moved by our meetings.

I also believe in developing myself and have recently completed and qualified in a 3 year course in Pesso Boyden, a new approach to therapy which is extremely effective. I'm now one of only 8 accredited therapists in the UK using this powerful method, and I use it with individual clients and in workshops. It's a very effective and beautiful method of therapy - come and try it!

Background & Qualifications

My qualifications are as follows :

BA Psychology
MSC Psychotherapy (UKCP accredited)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Accredited in Pesso Boyden

I also teach counselling, am a supervisor and run workshops for therapists and coaches. I co-founded and was a Director of the Banbury Counselling Academy which trains people in becoming counsellors, wrote most of the course material there and was a Programme Director and course tutor on the Diploma course.

I have recently completed and qualified in a 3 year course in Pesso Boyden, a new approach to therapy which is extremely effective. I'm now one of only 8 accredited therapists in the UK using this powerful method, and I use it with individual clients and in workshops.

My Specialisms

I see people with a variety of issues they would like to explore. I am experienced in working with loss in all its forms, mid life difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety and depression, work-based stress, repeating patterns in life, past traumas that affect them in present life.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I am trained in gestalt psychotherapy, which means listening to and responding to someone's, thoughts, feelings, body and soul. I try to see the whole of someone, rather than focus on reducing symptoms - our difficult feelings usually mean that something is wrong, and rather than try to make them go away I aim to uncover what is underneath, to find what is unfolding in someone's life. When the underlying things are explored, symptoms usually fade.

I am also trained in Pesso Boyden, which is a powerful new body-focused method which is great for resolving childhood issues and trauma. This usually has a large impact quickly.

Finally I like to be creative in my work if I can, and if the client is comfortable with that.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £55 per 50 minutes
Counselling In Person £55 per 50 minutes
Abdominal Sacral Massage In Person Please Call

Additional Rate Information

I have a few places for low-cost counselling and psychotherapy; pelase contact me if you would like to enquire about that.