• Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to answer the questions you have avoided all your life Shannon L Adler
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand Abraham Lincoln
  • And a rock feels no pain; and an island never cries Paul Simon, songwriter
  • Self care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel Anon
  • You were born to be real, not perfect Anon
  • If you don’t start it’s certain you won’t arrive Anon
  • Life isn’t waiting for the storm to be over, it is about learning to dance in the rain Anon
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step Lao Tzu
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Susan Rusdell
Susan holds the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and is a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition she was from 2001-2012 a part-time member of staff with Samaritans in London supporting clients who are struggling emotionally and often experience suicidal thoughts. Her experience with Samaritans began in 1986 when she became a Samaritans volunteer.


Susan was also one of the associates of Dudley Road Counselling Practice in Tunbridge Wells from 2005-2012. She is pleased to be back in this part of Kent having been brought up in Deal before moving up to London in her 20s and latterly to Tunbridge Wells.
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Ann Stirrup
Ann has been working as a counsellor since 1998, initially in couples counselling, gaining a Certificate in Marital Therapy. Subsequently she gained a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and an MSc in Counselling Psychology at Keele University, Staffordshire which equipped her for all types of counselling with individuals as well as couples. She is a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and she aims to keep her skills and knowledge up to date with continuing professional development.

Her intention is to tailor her approach to the needs of the individual. To this end she works in an integrative way, combining the Person Centred approach with elements of the Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. As well as a considerable amount of experience with relationship difficulties she has counselled individuals on a wide range of issues including bereavement, stress and anxiety, cancer support and general personal development.
Susan Rusdell professional counsellor at A & S Counselling Services in Eastry, near Canterbury, Kent.
Ann Stirrup professional counsellor at A & S Counselling Services in Eastry, near Canterbury, Kent.
A & S Counselling Services in Eastry near Canterbury, Kent
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What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

It is a model that uses psychoanalytic concepts to explain human growth and development, and the nature of psychological problems. Counsellors are not analysts and they can expect to work in a broad range of settings, with both long and short term clients.

Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns. The process of change occurs as clients become more aware of the power of the unconscious, including defence mechanisms, instincts and rules for life, to influence behaviour, and hence more able to control their actions and responses.

The therapeutic relationship in contemporary psychodynamic counselling is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding, with an emphasis on developing a good working alliance that fosters trust. The counsellor takes account of the real world of the client, including the impact of trauma, cultural difference, sexual orientation, disability and social context.

Source: University of Leister

(www2.le.ac.uk/departments/lifelong-learning/counselling/info/therapeutic-models/psychodynamic)

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