My name is Sue Brown and I am a qualified Children’s & Young People’s Counsellor. I am also a qualified Youth Worker. I have over 15 years experience of working with young people and children. I trained with and have worked for the Place2Be (the largest providor of schools-based counselling in the United Kingdom) and have worked as a school counsellor in both primary and secondary schools for over seven years. I’m a member of the BACP and work to their Code of Ethics. I am also on the Register of Approved Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I have regular supervision which means someone is always making sure I am working in the best ways possible for each individual. I am fully insured and have a current DBS Check.
I set up 8:16 in early 2014 after realising there were very few qualified children’s and young people’s counsellors. Since doing an ocassional session at a weekend alongside my other jobs as a school counsellor and youth worker, 8:16 is now my full time job. I work in schools during the week and offer private counselling sessions after school and at weekends. I rent my own therapeautic space on Rustlings Road, opposite Endcliffe Park. Initially I worked just with 8 to 16 year olds (hence the name 8:16) but then expanded my work to slightly older and younger people.
I like to work creatively. This means that although a counselling session with a child or young person could involve sitting and talking, it could also involve using art or play materials – whatever helps to get whatever is happening on the inside of them expressed in some way. However, I will never force someone who comes to see me to do anything they’re not comfortable with.