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Susan Trussell

Counselling MBACP (Accred)

Working with adults, young people and children

I have experience counselling in schools and working with children whose parents have separated. I also work with adults coping with loss and bereavement, struggles with parenting, depression and domestic abuse.

Counselling for Children and Young People

When a child is swamped by difficult and muddled feelings it is hard for them to articulate what is troubling them. They often don’t want to upset their parents by talking to them about their worries and can end up bottling it all up. Play therapy and counselling can help.

I have trained and worked in a school setting with Place2be, a children's counselling organisation, and currently counsel 5-18 year olds for Oxford Family Mediation specifically seeing children and families who are struggling with divorce or separation and related issues.

I aim to look at things from a child’s perspective, not taking sides, perhaps at a time when parents are struggling with conflicting emotions themselves. Step families can be hard for all to adjust to, and I aim to help movement towards an acceptance of a new ‘normal’, building positive family relationships.

Bereavement Counselling

When a loved one dies it can be the single most distressing experience that we will ever face. We can be unprepared for the physical and emotional reaction to our loss and find ourselves overwhelmed by the enormity of our feelings.
It can be helpful to talk to a counsellor who isn’t personally involved, someone who understands the grieving process, understands that it takes as long as it takes and will be there alongside you on your journey. 


Counselling can be a helpful contribution to overcoming depression. I am a person-centred counsellor, which means that I believe that we all have a natural tendency to grow and thrive, but sometimes we need to get back on track. Through a non-judgmental, trusting relationship I aim to help you get in touch with the feelings underlying your depression, to express these and make sense of them and find new ways of looking at the world that you live in.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take many forms; physical, verbal and emotional. It can also happen to anyone. It may be difficult to notice the pattern at first, but there are many tell-tale signs. If you recognize that this is where you are now, you may not want to leave, or keep finding reasons to stay. It is often very hard to come to terms with what is happening and make healthy choices for the future. Talking to a counsellor can help clarify a way forward that works for you.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

In addition to my private practice work, I provide counselling services for children and young people for an agency in Oxford and have worked as a counsellor in a London school. I am also experienced in bereavement counselling with Cruse.

Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Place2be Play Therapist Training

Cruse: Awareness in Bereavement Care

The Foundation Course Specialist training courses completed in:-

Child Attachment Theory and Development Cruse: A Child’s Grief Loss and Bereavement, Addictions

Memberships of Professional Bodies:-
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Registered with the BACP Directory for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and a Criminal Records Bureau check.


Sessions are charged at £50.00 per 50 minute session. Please visit my website or contact me on 07738 546667 if you would like to speak to me. Alternatively I can be contacted via the Banbury Therapy Centre on 01295 231320 or via email at