Susan Ricketts Bsc (Hons) - Integrative Therapist & Life Coach - Anxiety Expert
1a Gatland Lane
01622 721389 / 07801783236
I am an integrative therapist and I draw upon a range of theories and techniques in order to assist my clients. My work incorporates elements of psychotherapy, person-centred counselling, clinical hypnotherapy, CBT, life coaching, Reiki and mindfulness to form the most personalised and beneficial treatment programme to suit each individual.
In addition to running my private therapy practice, I am also a qualified teacher and assessor. I work with a variety of issues and my specialist areas are both stress and anxiety disorders (including OCD, social anxiety and panic attacks).I have been the visiting 'expert' on Radio Kent's morning show with Julia George for both stress and anxiety, offering advice and guidance.
Self-Referrals. Individual short and long-term therapy available.
- Are you finding it hard to deal with everyday life and feel like you can't cope?
- Do you need to talk to someone?
- Are you looking for non-judgemental support?
- Do you often feel anxious, stressed, angry or experience any other unwanted negative emotions?
- Do you conduct unwanted behaviours? e.g. drinking too much, taking drugs, conducting avoidance, seeking reassurance etc
- Are you held back by self limitations?
- Is your past influencing your current life in a negative way?
- Are you striving for happiness and contentment?
- Do you need support to find the motivation to make changes in your life?
If you can say YES to any of above please get in touch and start your journey towards the life you want today.
I am particularly effective and passionate at helping clients gain an insight into current maladaptive behaviours and negative emotions that are generated from childhood origins by working in a psycho-dynamic way, utilising CBT strategies. This approach will allow you to gain an understanding of the limiting beliefs and assumptions that were generated in your childhood, which often result in not only negative emotions and maladaptive behaviours, but may also manifest in physical ailments. Gaining this awareness will empower you to begin to make changes in your life and release you from limiting beliefs and ideas, resulting in new behaviours and balanced emotions, ultimately impacting positively on physical health and well-being .
I also work in a psycho-dynamic way with health issues, investigating the psychological message behind the physiological manifestation. Our mind and body are not separate entities, they are connected and therefore influence each other.
- Maladaptive behaviours might include (but not limited to): conducting avoidance, seeking reassurance, checking, people pleasing, being a 'yes' person, excessive drinking, taking drugs, being short tempered, comfort eating, having angry outbursts, shouting, crying, conducting safety rituals, conducting comparisons to others, self criticism, self labeling, mind reading (thinking you know what others are thinking about you), over thinking or analysing past conversations, being over focused on outward appearance, giving significance to what others think etc.
- Negative emotions might include: high levels of anxiety, depression, unreasonable levels of guilt, fear, panic, anger, frustration, stress, annoyance etc (please note all emotions are normal and are a consequence of life experiences, it is when these emotions get in the way of leading a healthy life that they may require investigation)
- Physical impact might be: IBS, ulcers, acid indigestion, headaches, migraines, tiredness, skin irritations, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, weight gain or loss, hair loss, etc
Gain an insight into your past programming and allow yourself the opportunity to create a new future.
Get in touch and start your journey towards becoming the best YOU possible.
"I felt very comfortable with Sue, realising my issues for myself and working through solutions of how to control and overcome them. I realise how my past has affected my thought process and the unrealistic goals I had laid upon myself. After just one session I felt more positive and by three I have gained a true understanding of myself. I feel a lot happier and clearer in my thought processes" FC,Canterbury
"Susan has been very helpful in me meeting my goal, which is to understand myself and my behaviour in more detail. Susan trained me to learn the answers myself by asking the right questions and giving me activities to do that allowed me to discover the understanding I need. I would not hesitate in recommending Susan to others, it's been time and money well spent". P of Maidstone
"Thank you so much for all your help. In hindsight I should have sought out help earlier (typical man!) Your help and guidance has returned my confidence to do the simple and enjoyable things in life that I had irrationalised and blown out of proportion and begun to fear/dread". JB of Maidstone
"Naturally intuitive and caring therapist"
"Brilliant listening skills, sensitive"
"I have benefited enormously from Sue's knowledge and experience"
Disclaimer: Results may vary
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I am dedicated to Continual Professional Development within all my practice fields, which I believe allows me to continue to offer the most up-to-date and relevant treatment plans.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling (Psychotherapy, CBT and Person-Centred Counselling) - awarded by Greenwich University.
Bsc (Hons) Degree in Clinical Hypnosis - awarded by St Mary's University, London.
Diploma of Higher Education in Clinical Hypnosis - awarded by St Mary's University, London.
Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Life Coaching
GQHP - Awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice by the GHR in collaboration with the GHSC
SQHP - Awarded the Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice by the GHR in collaboration with the GHSC
ADPR - Awarded the Advanced Practitioner status by the GHR in collaboration with the GHSC
PTLLS,CTLLS & DTLLS Teaching in the LifeLong Learning Sector qualification awarded by - Canterbury Christ Church University - 2009
QTLS - awarded by the IfL December in 2010
TAQA award: level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement - 2015
I am registered with the GHR as a Supervisor for Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Volunteering history: Place2be working with primary school children utilising play-therapy between September 2015 and June 2016.
Relevant work history: MidKent College as a Personal Tutor, supporting and teaching over 120 students on an annual basis. Teaching the elements from the "Every Child Matters" Policy, including subjects such as: Study techniques, dealing with stress, STi's, alcohol, self esteem, smoking, CV's, interview techniques and health and safety to name a few. The role also included working with parents, agencies and staff members whilst dealing with various issues experienced by the students, from child abuse to teenage pregnancy. During my time at Midkent College, I completed additional training for Child Protection issues, Behaviour Management and Brain Friendly Learning.
Continual professional development attended includes (but not limited to):
Oct 2016 - Herne Bay Counsellor Training: Self Harm
Dec 2015 - Place2Be eLearning: Working with Children and Young People with SEN
Dec 2015 - Place2Be eLearning: Speech Language and Communication Needs
Nov 2015 - Place2be Children's Emotional Wellbeing
Sept 2015 - Place2be Safeguarding Training
Aug 2015 - Place2be Introductory Training Play Therapy
April 2013 - CBT Master class. Psychological treatment of OCD, facilitated by Rob Willson.
May 2011 - A Master Clinician workshop on OCD, facilitated by Professor Paul Salkovskis.
2010 - Past Life Retrieval Therapy - The Kent College of Hypnotherapy.
2009 - Child protection - MidKent College
2009 - Behaviour Management Training - Pivotal Education
2009 - Challenging Homophobia - MidKent College
2009 - Brain Friendly Learning - MidKent College
2008 - Diversity in the workplace - MidKent College
Additional training completed:
2006 - Indian Head Massage.
2003 - Reiki Master Practitioner awarded in the Usui Shiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing.
2004 - Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles).
1999 - Reiki Level 1 and 2
Full Membership with The Hypnotherapy Association
Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist - Registered with the Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations
Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register
Registered with the Complementary and Natural healthcare Council for Hypnotherapy
Validated Practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
CRB (DBS) checked
Accredited register membership
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Exam stress
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Public speaking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Because I work in an integrative way, I am not limited to hypnotherapy but instead my work incorporates elements of psychotherapy, person-centred counselling, clinical hypnotherapy, CBT, life coaching, Reiki and mindfulness, therefore expanding treatment options for all clients. Based on this approach I also work with the following (but not limited to):
Mental health issues
Troubling patterns of thinking and /or behaviour
Questions about spirituality
Problems at work
Problems with anger
Problems making decisions
Pre and post-op support - combination treatment of CBT, Hypnotherapy and Reiki
Finding direction/balance in life
OCD - which can be a very debilitating condition, often leaving sufferers embarrassed to admit to the problems they are experiencing. Please do not continue to feel this way. There are ways that you can move forward from OCD. Please get in touch and start your journey towards symptom relief today.
Initial consultation: 1 hour and 15 minutes (max 90 minutes) @ £69.00.
Each session thereafter last 1 hour.
£69.00 per session.
I run a selection of workshops which include:
Self-Hypnosis, Meditation, Mindfulness, insight into unconscious programming through self-applied CBT, an introduction to NLP, the power of affirmations, The Law of Attraction, inner-child therapy, effective imagery for CBT therapists, and a fully comprehensive anxiety workshop.
Spiritual awareness training and Reiki treatments are also available. Please get in touch for session prices.
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Various days and times of the week available .