Dr Susan Renger

Susan is a pluralistic therapist, although her original training was in Person-centred Therapy.  She specialises in ‘Therapeutic Learning’; a counselling approach which focuses on long-term learning to enable clients to become their own ‘self-therapist’.  Her private client base is made up of individuals who are interested in becoming ‘fully-functioning’, or in aiming for an ongoing process of self-actualisation.  This includes those struggling with issues around wealth and celebrity and clients who have reached a life stage involving significant change, such as retirement or redundancy.  Susan also has a special interest in working with therapy groups focusing on personal skills development post-therapy.

Susan has therapy experience working with the mental health charity Mind and the Samaritans.  She currently counsels staff in the NHS and works with The Brilliant Club, a charity aiming to encourage teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue academic interests through top universities.  Susan is also currently pursuing post-doctoral research in the field of ‘Therapeutic Learning’ and self-therapy.

Susan’s early career included experience in management training, executive coaching and business coaching.  Her work has been international, with organisations such as British Airways, ICI, Courtaulds, Roche Chemicals and TNT.


  • PhD (Counselling/Learning)

  • MSc Counselling Psychology, Keele University 

  • MSc Training, Leicester University  

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons.), Manchester University            

Academic Research

  • Renger, S., Macaskill, A., & Naylor, B. (2020). Learning and change within person‐centred therapy: Views of expert therapists. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(3), 535-544.


  • Renger, S., & Macaskill, A. (2021a) Simplifying the definition of the fully functioning person for client use. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.