Suzanne Cerfontyne

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Suzanne Cerfontyne

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My Approach

I offer collaborative, empowering Systemic Psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families. In addition, I am able to provide supervision and consultation to professionals at all stages of their training in Systemic Psychotherapy. My therapeutic approach is helpful for anyone wanting to build closer and happier relationships. Having worked across the age range from childhood to older adults, I have experience to offer in addressing many individual and relational issues, whether these arise from the stresses and strains of daily life, significant life events, illness, loss or trauma. My work also includes assisting in facing challenges such as bereavement, aging, eating disorders, family conflicts, cultural adjustments, fostering and adoption, divorce or separation. In terms of family therapy, the approach can offer relief and change for any family, at any stage of life, who would like someone to help them talk about difficult things together in a way that's safe, open, creative and useful.

About Me

I worked in the NHS for 26 years, and for 6 years in a private hospital, as well as continuing to manage an independent practice. During my NHS years, I was also a tutor/trainer/supervisor to the MSc. programme in Systemic Psychotherapy, University of Birmingham, for 10 years. I continued to facilitate the Personal/Professional Module as a staff member for a further 8 years.

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have much experience in working with anxiety across the age range. I worked with children (and their families) referred to Birmingham CAMHS for anxiety, throughout my NHS career. In addition, I have undertaken a great deal of work through my private practice with adults struggling with a range of stress and anxiety-related problems and conditions.
I have much experience in working with individuals (child and adult), couples and families, impacted by bereavement, both sudden and expected, and at various stages of loss.
My years in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) brought many referrals for help with parent-child/behavioural/relational/emotional issues, and I am very interested in helping all parents and children to maximise the opportunity for healthy, happy relationships.
The primary focus of Systemic Psychotherapy is upon our significant and meaningful relationships, and my career as a Psychotherapist has centred upon enabling individuals/couples/families/teams to get the very most out of their significant support networks, as well as often addressing historical relational issues that may have continued to influence their lives in unhelpful ways.
I am a registered supervisor with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and I supervise people in their Foundation, Intermediate and MSc. stages of the qualifying training. My years as a Tutor/Supervisor/Trainer on the MSc. in Systemic Psychotherapy (University of Birmingham), followed by my years as facilitator of Personal and Professional Development on the MSc. offered me a great deal of opportunity and experience in enhancing and developing my supervisory skills.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Home Visits
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

UKCP College

  • College for Family Couple and Systemic Therapy (CFCST)

Working with Children

For more information about therapy for children and young people, visit our info page.

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