Susan has over thirteen years counselling experience in both a Higher Education and NHS setting.
Her approach is primarily person-centered, however, over the years she has developed tools that are now integrated into her practice such as solution focussed, transcultural and brief therapeutic ways of working.
Susan believes that counselling can provide an opportunity to explore issues, make sense of difficulties in order to make informed choices, gain clarity and make progress about a situation and take greater control of your life. Developing into a person with the power and freedom to change.
Her aim is to improve student’s well-being, such as they are then able to improve and actively engage in student life and enhancing all aspects of their learning.
Susan’s role will be to facilitate Widening Access specifically in the areas of Black and Minority Ethnic UK and International students. She believes that all cultural groups have an equal right to benefit from counselling and that cultural difference needs to be acknowledged.
Susan has undertaken a significant amount of training in the area of counselling BME clients and is passionate about working towards building a society that is even more inclusive and enables equal opportunity to succeed in education through learning.
She has delivered training, in the area of cultural competency and communication for various organisations and has a specialised interest in the development of cultural awareness within the department.
Susan works in both the Student/Staff counselling service and currently holds the post of Joint Chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic Support Network Group for Cardiff University