About Us

Sue TurnerHi, I'm Sue Turner, thank you for taking a look at SMTCounselling.

I believe it is important you feel comfortable with and have confidence in your therapist so here is some information about me, how I work and my training and qualifications.

I am a fully trained counsellor, having over the years completed the 'Introduction to Counselling', Practical Counselling, Oxford Cambridge Royal Society of Arts (OCR), Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and an Honours Degree. I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors of Psychotherapists (BACP) and an Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society (NCS) and adhere to their code of standards and ethics. I also hold an enhanced CRB certificate.

I am also trained in other areas or specialities of therapy like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Practical Hypnotherapy.

I have a great love of learning and took many varied and diverse subjects at evening classes which led to a taster session on counselling which I thought would help me at work. I was hooked and fascinated and enrolled on an introductory course in 1999 which was the start of my continuing journey into therapeutic services.

Whilst training in 2003 I completed a voluntary placement and was asked to join a team of counsellors working two evenings a week for a children's charity. I still work with them today counselling children and young people aged from five to nineteen with the many and varied issues they bring. I also work within schools in the Kirklees area.

After many years working in the corporate world and then combining this with my sessional counselling with the children, in 2007 I resigned my post to concentrate on therapeutic services and established SMT Counselling.

Since 2008 I have also worked one day a week with one of the UK's leading independent rehabilitation providers, PACE Rehabilitation, who provides a multi-disciplinary service to individuals who have sustained limb loss and/or serious limb injury. Here I offer therapeutic services to amputees after trauma or surgery or to people faced with the prospect of amputation. I have also worked within the NHS as a Specialist Counsellor at a Disablement Services Centre undertaking initial assessment of patients and providing the therapeutic services they required. This work has led me to undertake additional training in trauma and pain relief.

For many years I was involved with extensive voluntary work with Victim Support, using counselling and NLP skills I helped people cope with the aftermath of violent crime, homophobic attacks and racial crime. I was also given training on domestic violence, dealing with children affected by crime and subsequently specialising in helping families who had been bereaved as a result of homicide, helping in a number of high profile murders.

I undertake one to one therapy using an Integrative approach from a Person Centred base which is important to me. The advantage of being an Integrative Counsellor is that I am able to mix and match all of my skills and knowledge to tailor your counselling sessions to suit you and your needs. Together we can work to explore and manage past and present issues and/or trauma, eliminate old habits and limiting beliefs and explore future possibilities. As well as counselling I also deliver training workshops and one to one training sessions.

On a more personal note, I have had a varied career which has helped equip me with the life skills and knowledge to appreciate the pressures people experience in large organisations, in relationships and in life in general. I am someone who passionately believes in the benefit of taking some time out from our often hectic lives, to reflect and process the various events and emotions we encounter. This enthusiasm for counselling comes from being privileged enough to witness the change in clients that I have worked with.


  • NOI Certificate in Graded Motor Imagery. Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (2011)
  • NCFE Certificate in Working with Traumatic Stress. Counselling & Training Services (Western Europe) Gibraltar 2010
  • BA Second Class Honours Degree 1st Division (2:1) Counselling. Leeds Metropolitan University 2009.
  • EMDR Child Level One. EMDR Training & Consultancy. 2009
  • EMDR Part 2. EMDR Training & Consultancy. 2009
  • EMDR Part 1. EMDR Training & Consultancy. 2009
  • Practical Foundations of CBT at Masters Level (4). Leeds Metropolitan University 2008
  • Practical Applications of Hypnotherapy. Newby Hypnotherapy Centre. 2007
  • Using NLP with Children in a Therapeutic Context. Awaken School, Northallerton 2006
  • NLP Certified Master Practitioner. CG Associates, Burnley. 2006
  • NLP Certified Practitioner. CG Associates, Burnley. 2004
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Counselling. Calderdale College 2003
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Counselling. Calderdale College 2002
  • NLP Foundation Diploma. CG Associates, Burnley 2001
  • Oxford Cambridge RCA (OCR) in Counselling. Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations 2001
  • Practical Counselling. National Open College Network with Leeds Metropolitan University 2000
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills. National Open College Network with Leeds Metropolitan University 1999

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