About Alder Barn Therapy


Accredited MBACP Counsellor

About Susan

Susan Withers is an Accredited BACP Counsellor with over 20 years’ experience, and a qualified teacher who has taught in both mainstream schools and Pupil Referral Units. Her qualifications include; Counsellor, Supervisor, Equine Assisted Therapist, Animal Assisted Therapist, Forest School Lead, Licensed Thrive and Family Thrive practitioner and Level 1 & 2 in Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

Susan currently works in schools and private practice, offering consultation, counselling, supervision, alternative provision interventions and bespoke therapy. Her network in Somerset is vast, including primary and secondary schools, educational psychologists, play therapists, GPs, Paediatricians and Local Authorities.

Susan has worked alongside many professionals and organisations in supporting their SEMH needs. She has associates and volunteers who work with her, and her work is underpinned by evidenced-based approaches and informed with current neuroscience. She also has an enhanced DBS.

Counsellor in Training

About Phoebe

Phoebe has a degree in BSc Hons of Animal Science and Conservation. Phoebe is a counsellor in training and is currently studying Level 5 Diploma in Canine Behaviour. She also works part time in a vets’ practice. Phoebe is responsible for the animal welfare at Alder Barn Therapy, and also volunteers for the service to work with young people.

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To talk to Alder Barn Therapy about booking a counselling session or creative therapy, or to discuss volunteering, please contact the team today.