HCPC Registered Psychologist | Psychotherapist
The demands of everyday life can be difficult to deal with for all of us at times, often leaving us feeling a bit stuck, anxious and unable to cope as well as we would like. Talking about your mental well-being with someone who is comfortable and familiar with such issues, who can listen without judgement and who is trained to help you overcome the difficulties you face, may be a helpful first step.
As a chartered psychologist (registered with the Health & Care Professions Council), working with adults with various concerns, belief systems and lifestyles; I can offer you a safe, confidential and professional space to explore what may be causing or maintaining your distress, with a view to working closely with you to make helpful changes to overcome these.
While the psychological approach and techniques used in treatment are often determined by commonly accepted research based 'treatment guidelines' for specific difficulties, a person's unique experiences and personal preferences may influence this. Although a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) approach to treatment is often favoured given it's effectiveness with a wide range of conditions, other approaches or techniques are also used if required.
Our first appointment: The first time we meet will be a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to gauge how you feel about working with me.
The first meeting is 90-120 minutes and focuses mainly on assessment, giving you the opportunity to explain why you decided to seek help at this time, when you think your difficulties started, how they impact your life and how you are trying to cope with things. In addition to noting any past traumas, losses or events in your life, I will ask you to complete a few questionnaires to help me get a better sense of how things are for you at the moment. By the end of the first appointment we have usually establish some initial treatment goals, discussed briefly how these may be achieved and agreed on a few simple things to do at home in preparation for our next appointment.
An important goal of the first consultation is to decide whether the services I offer are well suited to assisting you with your unique concerns and the changes that you would like to make. On those rare occasions where it is agreed that the services I offer are not a good match, I will make suggestions regarding what service/s may be better suited to your needs and, where possible, provide contact details to facilitate referral.
Further appointments: If we decide that my services (and experience) are well suited to your needs, and that you feel comfortable working with me, then we will schedule additional appointments. All future appointments (sessions) will typically be 50-60 minutes long, although 80-90 minute consultations are available on request and are sometimes required for certain treatment procedures (e.g., techniques used to work with phobias, obsessions/ compulsons, etc.).
Although assessment is an ongoing process, appointments after the first one usually begin to focus increasingly more on treatment. Weekly sessions are usually required for psychotherapy to have the best chance of success. When you have made sufficient progress in therapy and feel that you are managing to cope better, sessions may be spaced further apart to fortnightly or monthly.
Given the current pandemic face-to-face appointments have been temporarily suspended although online appointments are available using a variety of software programs (e.g., Skype or Zoom). To make an appointment please email email or call.
Standard appointment: (50-60 minutes)
- £70 (self paying clients)
- £90-120 (health insurance)
First appointment: (90-120 minutes)
- £105 (self paying clients)
- £135-180 (health insurance)
Should additional time or a brief report be required, it is charged pro-rata of the standard appointment rate.
Payment can be made by:
- Cash (paid at the appointment)
- Bank transfer (BACS, paid before the appointment)
- Health insurance (claimed directly from your insurer)
To pay by health insurance you will first need to check that your provider pays for our services, then provide your health insurers name, your policy number and the authorisation code (claim number) before booking an appointment.
Crisis/ emergency information±
This practice does not offer a mental health crisis or emergency service. If you feel extremely distressed and and in need of urgent care (e.g., have suicidal thoughts and fear you may harm yourself, or feel that you may be a danger to others), please seek immediate medical assistance.
For NHS information: dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency please click here. It discusses possible options to consider depending on your situation, such as:
- follow your mental health team’s advice, if you are under their care (such as a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT))
- telephone an NHS helpline: phone 111 (urgent care) or 999 (emergency care)
- go to your local hospital's 'accident and emergency' (A&E) department
- contact your medical doctor (GP) for an emergency appointment
- call Sussex Mental Health Line, phone 0300 5000 101
- call The Samaritans who operate a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, phone 116 123
Assist adults (at least 20 years old) with:
- Anxiety (e.g., post-traumatic stress (PTSD), generalised anxiety (GAD), health anxiety, panic, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias)
- Low mood (e.g. feeling sad or depression)
- Adjusting to significant life events (e.g., the end of an important relationship)
- Loss and bereavement (i.e., grief)
- Low confidence or self-esteem
- Impact of dysfunctional parenting in childhood focusing on emotional neglect and the relationship difficulties and unhelpful relationship patterns that result from this
Although I work with clients having difficulties concerning their important personal, family and/or work relationships, I do not offer couple / marital / family counselling.
Services not offered:
- Child, family, couple/marital counselling
- Forensic (psycho-legal) assessments/ reports for expert witness
- Some mental health difficulties (e.g., eating disorders, psychotic disorders, drug or alcohol addictions, personality disorders)
Psychotherapies or interventions offered:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- Person centered therapy (Rogerian)
- Brief Psychodynamic therapy
- Transactional analysis therapy (TA)
- Relaxation training
- Basic mindfulness
Registrations and supervision:
- BPS registered (chartered status)
- HCPC registered (counselling psychologist)
- Data Protection (ICO Registered)
- Supervised by a DPsych, BABCP, HCPC & BPS accredited psychologist
Practice summary information±
Guy Suter | Chartered Psychologist | HCPC RegisteredIndependent psychologist in private practice offering a psychotherapy service for adult clients (20+) in Crawley, Horsham and East Grinstead
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Monday – Friday | 09:00–17:00
Monday - Thursday | 17:00-20:00
Closed public holidays