My name is Susan and I am currently based at Deans Court Estate Offices in the pretty market town of Wimborne, Dorset. For three years I studied, trained and practiced in an eclectic mix of therapies and qualified at different stages in 2008, 2009 & 2010.
In addition I qualified as an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Level 2 Practitioner in 2012 and have also added a certificate in NLP (Nero-Linguistic Programming) to my portfolio.
I also volunteered for 2 years with The Samaritans which was both a humbling and eye-opening experience. This role covered many issues and expanded across all age ranges and personality types. Being a Samaritan also taught me to listen – a valuable tool in therapy.
Why did I become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?
After working for 20 years in the same industry I experienced a crisis of confidence. After returning from maternity leave, I felt that I had lost my identity and along with that went my confidence and self-esteem. I felt uninteresting and boring and quite inadequate. Fortunately, I recognised that I needed to do something to promote change within my life and decided to re-train in a subject that really interested me – helping people. I went back to education and embarked on a 3 year course in Hypnotherapy & Counselling/Psychotherapy and volunteered as a Samaritan. Helping people to promote their own change is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling.
Training to be a Counsellor/Psychotherapist took me on my own journey and I was privileged to be trained by some insightful people who helped me learn about my true self, who I was and who I wanted to become. In order to do this I had to change my life, my self and my perception and challenge my already learnt beliefs. I still strive to leave the negative part of my past behind but have successfully lain to rest many of my own ‘labels’ and negative thoughts that I have carried around with me for many years – it is still a work in progress though! Each time I encounter a new client I am astounded by how long people have managed alone, believing that they must maintain the British ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude. Many people use this approach as a coping mechanism and believe that to ask for help would be perceived as a weakness. I dispute this fact and believe that we all need help along the way and that it is perfectly acceptable to ask for it.
Why choose Counselling/Psychotherapy?
We invest time and money in our families, our lifestyles, our homes and our ‘cupboards’, filling them with food and material possessions, so why not invest in ourselves? We seem to put our own self worth at the bottom of our ‘to do’ list but surely it all starts with our own well being? If we look after ourselves, increase our sense of self worth then this will have a positive impact on us and our world around us.
We adopt beliefs and standards that are passed on to us by our peers but are they really OUR thoughts and beliefs? We are given labels such as ‘sensitive’, ‘moody’, ‘aggressive’, ‘could do better’ and so on, but is that really who we are or just a little bit of who we can be on occasions?
Therapy can give us a real insight as to who we are and help us work positively towards who we want to be. Change is one of our biggest fears but without change how can we move forward towards being the person that we truly want to be and in the place where we want to be? I am here to help you make that change in a positive, safe and confidential environment.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill
Susan Lane (Ad.Dip.CP)
Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Distinction)
Qualified EFT Level 2 Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Certificate in NLP (Nero-Linguistic Programming)
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA101)