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Susan Heath - Registered Psychotherapist

Susan Heath
Registered Psychotherapist

  • 15 Heath Row, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5DH Show Map
  • Multiple times available +
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  • Individual £60 Couple £65
  • 48% of enquirers became verified clients

What to Expect

Try one session, to see if you feel comfortable with Susan, and decide if therapy may help you.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your ideas, feelings and relevant events in your history. Psychotherapy intends to help you change or find suitable methods of managing.


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

Thoughts on Mental Health

Anorexia is linked with a sense of shame; a desire not to take up any space in the world; the idea that, if you can make yourself as tiny as possible, perhaps you can avoid being seen. Think for a moment of the contrast between a healthy, happy child, and a child who fears that he or she may not be approved of, admired, loved or wanted for some reason. The happy child wants attention and will often say, "look at me!" The fearful, shamed child avoids it, or attracts negative attention. The problem is that young children find it difficult to distinguish between feeling something and doing it, so an angry child may feel as though he or she has actually done something angry or bad, leading to a sense of fear and shame. If you experienced this, the unbearable feelings probably got hidden away from your consciousness, but they can leave you with a sense of being bad, or feeling ashamed in some way. You may have no idea exactly what caused the feeling, but it may be enough to make you want to shrink away from the world, and from intimate contact with other people. Although the underlying causes of anorexia are complex and variable, one of the common factors is usually this vague sense of not being good or all right, which you may try to control and manage by a strict and brutal bodily regime of deprivation.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of anorexia nervosa
Bipolar disorder, despite being so well known, is still little understood and creates great distress for the sufferer and the family. While we can think of it as arising from a disturbance in brain chemistry, this doesn't answer the question of what causes such disturbance in the first place. When you lack a secure sense of identity, you are less resilient to changes or difficulties you encounter in the environment. For someone suffering from bipolar disorder this can be difficult, so it is important to stabilise the outside world as much as possible. Sudden change or any stressful tendencies can destabilise the brain chemistry very easily, triggering a bipolar episode.
Read More: Therapists explain what causes bipolar disorder
When human beings experience shock, trauma, or emotions that are difficult to cope with, they need to process them in order to be able move forward in life. It is rather like the emotional equivalent of digesting food. Much of the time, despite the pain, this is exactly what happens, but sometimes it is just too much for your consciousness to bear. When this happens, your mind protects you by filing the traumatic experience away, outside the reach of consciousness. While this allows you to get on with life, so you are not immobilised by your shock or grief, it also prevents you from processing the pain, which is 'recorded' in the nervous system. In a further attempt to ease this, you may have developed a pattern of ritualised, repetitive behaviours, designed by your mind to ease the pressure, resulting in OCD.
Read More: Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Human beings are hard wired to protect their ability to carry on functioning. When events are too much for you, and you suffer trauma which threatens to overwhelm you, your automatic response may be to relegate painful feelings to the unconscious, so that you can continue to function on a day to day basis. While the overwhelming feelings are tucked away from conscious awareness, you continue to function, but they can easily be triggered and erupt when something in the outer world resonates with your original traumatic experience.
Read More: Understanding life events that may cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality (UK)

Susan Heath abides by the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Bishop's Stortford, Birchanger, Great Hallingbury, Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, Thorley, Cradle End, Burton End, Farnham Green, Bury Green, Manuden, Little Hallingbury, Spellbrook, Trimms Green, Little Hadham, Green Tye, Sawbridgeworth, Hatfield Heath, Lower Sheering, Sheering

Nearest Train Stations

  • Bishops Stortford (0.9 miles)
  • Stansted Mountfitchet (2 miles)
  • Elsenham (3.7 miles)
  • Stansted Airport (3.9 miles)
  • Sawbridgeworth (4.4 miles)
  • Harlow Mill (6.3 miles)
  • Newport (Essex) (7.3 miles)
  • Harlow Town (7.5 miles)
  • Audley End (8.9 miles)
  • Roydon (9.2 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

Updated 10 December 2018