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Sue Crofton
Psychotherapist in Bexhill - Registered 16+ Years

Registered Psychotherapist Sue Crofton

Consulting Rooms (by appointment)

Full address provided upon booking, Claxton Road
Bexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex
TN40 2PP

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Professional Title

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
Engagement rate - 47% of enquirers became verified clients

Summary

Psychotherapy in Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea

  • Individual £55 - 50 minutes
  • Couple £70 - 50 minutes
Payment Methods Accepted: Bank Transfer, Cash, Cheque
Languages: English, German

Working Hours


    Issue Covered

    • Abuse
    • Anger
    • Anorexia
    • Anxiety
    • Bereavement
    • Binge Eating
    • Bipolar
    • Bulimia
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • Panic
    • PTSD
    • Relationship Problems
    • Self Esteem
    • Self Harm
    • Sleep Problems
    • Stress
    • Substance Dependence


    Therapy

    • Psychotherapy


    Private Health Insurance Registrations

    • BUPA
    • CIGNA
    • PruHealth



    Gender

    Female

    More Detail

    16+ Years Post-Registration Experience

    Hello. I am Sue. I'm a registered psychotherapist - I support individuals and couples with their psychological health. I hold private sector experience as a psychotherapist. My focus includes self esteem, and the specific challenges faced by men and women.

    What to Expect

    An initial assessment appointment allows you to see if you feel comfortable with me, share what troubles you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and determine if therapy may assist you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange a preliminary assessment appointment in Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea.

    Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your thoughts, feelings and significant events in your life. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop or find appropriate ways of managing.

    Thoughts on Mental Health

    I would definitely recommend anything by Irvin Yalom, particularly 'Love's Executioner', 'The Schopenhauer Cure', and 'Every Day Gets A Little Closer'. His books can be read like novels, but they also give very interesting information about his practice and he writes with a lot of insight and humanity.
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    Exercise doesn't need to be hardcore. It's no use forcing yourself to go to the gym if, for you, it's the seventh circle of hell! Some form of physical exertion will not only keep you fit, but also raise your serotonin levels and help keep low moods at bay, and exercising with others reduces loneliness and isolation. Often clients might say they are "too tired" too exercise, but exercise will increase your energy levels, so I always encourage them to find something that they enjoy. If you aren't sure how to start, maybe you could get off the tube or bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way, as an easy introduction. Or finding an exercise buddy can be really motivating. I personally have formed social networks by going regularly to the gym. Don't forget that exercise doesn't have to be gung ho or sweaty - yoga and pilates are wonderful for strength and stability.
    Read More: How regular exercise can help boost your mood
    The first response is important - not to be critical or judgmental but curious. I see self harm as a response to an intolerable situation which - as odd as it may seem to non self harmers - works; a survival strategy, if you will. The main thing for friends and relatives is not to panic, but to see your loved one as someone who is trying as best they know right now, to deal with an intolerable situation. Often self harmers do so in secret and may feel huge shame. The most useful advice is to be available as an active listener if they want to talk, without judgment, or advice or pushing. I have worked with a number of clients who self harm; I do not ask them to stop self harming but get as much information as I can about how and when they do it, and how they feel before, during and after. I do not ask them to stop this behaviour, but ask them to ensure that they use clean implements if they are cutting to avoid infection.
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    Sometimes a tagline like that is a set up - we hear this is the most depressing day of the year and prepare to feel low. I'm a huge fan of exercise and I would recommend any form of activity as a way of boosting mood - from a full-on gym session to a walk. Do something different - go to work a different way and notice what's around you on your journey. Don't start your day reading a newspaper or listening to the news - right now it's very depressing. As a general tip, I usually ask clients who might be prone to depression or low moods what they eat. Junk food can affect your mood and contribute to feeling sluggish. Have a good breakfast - before you leave home, not a snatched bite on the way to work. Tell yourself it's only one day - just like any other - and will soon be over. The days are gradually getting longer and spring won't be long in coming.
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    Self esteem can often be diminished by bullying and harassment in the workplace. Employees may be victimised by another worker (or, in the worst case scenarios, their manager), and management may not take the issue seriously. This can lead to extended periods off work, a fear of returning or finding another job, and can be emotionally debilitating to the sufferer, sometimes leading to other health issues. Too often, a sufferer believes it is their fault, and it can take a long time to change this perspective. Even if you recognise the behaviour as bullying, it can have a long lasting impact on how you see yourself and destroy what confidence you might have had previously.
    Read More: Therapists explain common causes of self esteem problems
    Let me start by declaring my dislike of New Year. It smacks to me of desperation - 'This year everything's going to be different, better, etc.' It seems obvious to set goals at this time of year; it's an artificial construct, an easy way to mark a beginning. However, by the end of January, most of us have broken those resolutions. Take it day by day, set realistic and specific goals, and see change as a lifestyle choice rather than an endpoint. Don't diet to lose weight, change how, when and what you eat. Or find an exercise that you really like and maybe an exercise buddy to keep up your motivation.
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    Don't put extra pressure on yourself to 'eat properly' during this period. Christmas and New Year are difficult times for anyone with disordered eating. See if you can extend the period of 'discomfort' that triggers the impulse to reach for food that your emotions may want but your stomach doesn't. Have one meal on your own, without the distraction of the radio, TV or reading at the same time. Think about what you want to eat: salty, sweet, spicy, plain, crunchy, smooth, and then focus on the sensation of that food in your mouth. This will give you a much clearer indication of what will satisfy you, and also re-establish your connection with food.
    Read More: How to cope with eating disorders at Christmas and New Year

    Qualifications Timeline

    January
    2001
    UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
    November
    1998
    Diploma
    Psychotherapy
    Spectrum Training (UK)

    Sue abides by the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Spectrum (SPEC) London.

    Location Detail


    My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

    Bulverhythe, Bexhill, Sidley, St Leonards-on-Sea, Crowhurst, Hollington, Hastings, Little Common, Cooden, Baldslow, Telham, Catsfield, Lower Street, Henley's Down, Ninfield, Ore, Battle, Three Oaks, Guestling, Ashburnham Place

    Nearest Train Stations

    • Bexhill (1.1 miles)
    • St Leonards Warrior Square (1.6 miles)
    • West St Leonards (1.6 miles)
    • Collington (2.1 miles)
    • Crowhurst (2.7 miles)
    • Hastings (3.2 miles)
    • Cooden Beach (3.5 miles)
    • Ore (4 miles)
    • Battle (4.5 miles)
    • Normans Bay (5.4 miles)


    Wheelchair access: No

    Updated 27 June 2017


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