Sue Black

Psychotherapist & Associate


Sue originally qualified as a mental health nurse, then completed her training as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and has been accredited with the BABCP since 2007.

 Sue has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, working with a range of mental health difficulties, including depression; anxiety disorders such as health anxiety, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders; and currently works within a Health Psychology team helping people adjust to long term health conditions such as cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes, CFS/ME, chronic pain.

 She became interested in Compassion Focused Therapy and gained a Post Graduate Certificate at Derby University in 2017, and since then has incorporated the approach more and more into her clinical practice. Within her NHS role she runs an 8-week Compassionate Mind Training course with her colleague.

 Sue’s approach is to work alongside people to help them understand how and why their difficulties arose and what might be contributing to keeping them going. This then gives client and therapist the opportunity to work in collaboration towards alleviation of distress and an improved quality of life.


 1985 – Registered Mental Nurse, Whittingham Hospital, Preston

2005 – BSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Lancaster University

2010 – EMDR parts 1,2 & 3

2017 – PG Cert Compassion Focused Therapy, Derby University


 2020 – A compassionate Mind approach to Recovering from Shame based Trauma – Deborah Lee

2020 – Attendance at CFT conference (virtual)

2020 – Flash Technique (EMDR) – Phil Mansfield

2019 – Compassion Focused Therapy chairwork – Tobyn Bell

2018 – Compassion Focused Therapy group work – Tobyn Bell

2018 –  Advanced ACT – Richard Bennet

2017 – Introduction to ACT – David Gallanders

Registration and accreditation:

BABCP accreditation number 039502

Recognised provider for private health insurers:

Aviva (600134007); AXA PPP Healthcare (SB08205); Cigna Healthcare (920986073); WPA (920980981)


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