Susan Utting-SimonTherapy and Supervision | Online or Face to Face
Hello, My name is Susan Utting-Simon
I provide therapy and supervision services for individuals, couples and groups.
I work online and face to face with children, young people and adults of all ages.
I also offer training to counselling services and the wider helping professions.
I have many years’ experience in private practice and have served on the BACP Private Practice executive committee for 7 years, latterly holding the post of Divisional Chair.
BACP Senior Accredited
Senior Accredited Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have been approved by ACTO to provide Therapy and Supervision services Online. Click here for details
I provide supervision for groups & individuals in a wide variety of settings. Click here for details
Face To Face Therapy
I’m based in Leeds. If you’re local, make an appointment and visit me in person.
My therapy services are available to individuals and couples. I am qualified to work on a wide range of issues and together I hope we can find a positive way forward for you.
As a BACP Registered Senior Accredited Supervisor, I am qualified to work with both individuals and groups. This service is available to Counsellors, Psychotherapists and anyone in the wider helping professions.
I am qualified to provide professional therapy and supervision services around the world. We can use tools (like Webcam, Instant Messenger and Email) to complete meaningful work online.
Book Your Appointment
Your initial consultation will be free of charge. Contact me today and request an appointment to start the process. This page also explains my fees and also the code of ethics I abide by.
Areas Of Specialist Interest
I have been working as a Therapist since 2000. My training means I can help you with a wide range of issues, problems or concerns.
Over the years I have gained significant experience and undertaken additional training in areas of particular interest to me, including:
Children & Young People
Following my Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, I completed a specialist training in Working with Children and Young People (PCCS Manchester). I feel passionately about the importance of providing respectful and empowering support for clients, regardless of their age, in a safe and confidential environment.
My ethnic origin is White British, however my immediate family members are Black African and Dual Heritage. My personal experience of cross-cultural relationships has enriched my life and also helped to inform my work in cross-cultural counselling relationships.
Complex Mental Health Problems
Having previously worked as a Manager in an out of hours Crisis Service and Telephone Helpline, I am experienced at working with clients experiencing short term emotional distress as well as those with severe and enduring mental health problems.
I can provide bespoke group workshops and training for practitioners in a variety of settings, on a wide range of topics, including many of those above. Please contact me to discuss your requirements
People affected by HIV & AIDS
How I Work
I will not tell you what to do, or give advice, but will aim to provide a safe and confidential place in which you can talk about yourself, your problems, concerns and hopes, and where you can decide what, if any, changes you may wish to make in your life.
I will endeavour to help you in this process in a way that is supportive and empowering. I hope that you will come to feel comfortable, trusting and sufficiently supported to bring any issues you may wish to explore.
I find that, although I would always describe my approach as ‘Person-Centred’, I work slightly differently with each new client I meet. I endeavour to respect the specific needs and personal culture of each individual.
Counselling is a process which takes time and commitment. I hope that we can work together for as long as you feel necessary. Many issues can be resolved in short-term work, whilst others may require longer-term therapy.
I have been working as Counsellor since 2000.
I have a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and a post qualifying Certificate in Working with Children and Young People. I gained both of these qualifications at PCCS Training in Manchester.
I also have a Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision from Temenos in Sheffield. You can find out more about my supervision practice on the Person-Centred Supervision page of this website.
I have a diploma in Counselling and Supervision Integrating Therapeutic Technology awarded by OLT, which makes it possible for me to work with you online. This training is approved by The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. Please click here if you’d like to know more about working online with me.
Above all else, I find my counselling work extremely rewarding, and feel inspired by all the people I have had the privilege to work with.
Show more background details
Clients come to me for help with a wide range of issues. I find that, although I would always describe my approach as ‘Person-Centred’, I work slightly differently with each new client I meet. I endeavour to respect the specific needs and personal culture of each individual.
I am a member of the BACP Private Practice Executive Committee. This role involves raising the profile of private practitioners within the BACP and the public, through planning conferences, local events and contributions to the Private Practice journal.
I am experienced in open-ended and time-limited counselling and I really enjoy the combination of working as part of a team, within an organisation, and working independently.
Private counselling clients refer to me from a number of sources, many from word-of-mouth recommendations. I am also an Approved Counsellor for Yorkshire Mesmac which is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. They offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T young people and adults.
I have previously worked as a Counselling Manager for a charity in Leeds which supports young people aged 13-25 years. Prior to that I also worked as a Manager in an out of hours Crisis Service and Telephone Helpline, working with clients with short term emotional distress as well as those with severe and enduring mental health problems.
Prior to training as a Counsellor I designed and bought Menswear for well-known international retailers. I feel that, alongside my experience of working in the voluntary sector, this has given me a rich understanding of different working environments and lifestyles, which helps me to work empathically with each client I meet. I enjoy creative pastimes and use creative materials in therapy if clients find it helpful.
What questions are important to you?
Its perfectly normal for you to have questions about counselling and to want satisfactory answers before proceeding.
I hope my website can answer the most common ones for you, but if your question or concern is not discussed (or you simply want more details) then please do get in touch and I’ll be very happy to provide you with the information you want free of charge.
If you think I might be able to help you, then I encourage you to contact me so we can set up an initial meeting and create an opportunity for us to talk about you.
I work slightly differently with each new client I meet –
But I always endeavour to respect the specific needs & personal culture of each individual
If you think I may be able to help you, please use this contact form to send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
I offer all new clients a short initial session free of charge. The aim is to allow you an opportunity to find out more about me, how I work and if I'm the right Therapist for you. If you would like to make an appointment please contact me to check availability. Future sessions are charged at my standard rate. Please click here to view information about my standard fees.
If I can’t take your call then please leave a voicemail or send me a text. I will be happy to return your call as soon as I am available.
Online Chat & Video Calls
Please click here to find out how you can contact me online, using tools like Zoom and VSee Messenger.
I have a very pleasant therapy room, located in Churwell, South Leeds (just 4 miles from the City Centre). The full address will be made available to you when you book your first face to face appointment.