Counsellor’s Life – Susan De Campo

Susan is the Director and founder of LifeCare Consultancy and a Fellow member of QCA. She will be presenting a one-day Trauma Workshop at Relationships Australia (Springhill) on the Saturday 23 March. View Susan’s profile here.


  1. Your favourite hobby? Probably listening to music. I also really love gourmet hiking in New Zealand.
  2. Favourite sports player? Don’t have one.
  3. Guilty pleasure Ahh, so many – Gold class movie session, anti-aging facial, stupid-expensive-gin-based cocktail, Lomi Lomi massage, float therapy session. I told you, there’s a BIG list.
  4. I can’t live without My family (including our dog).
  5. The charity I support? World Vision, Sporting Wheelies, Surf Life Saving.
  6. Next travel destination? Hawaii – next week for my daughter’s wedding.
  7. I love the sound of… Rain on a tin roof, children laughing, my daughter singing, my dad playing the piano, waves.
  8. I would like to learn…. To be a successful gardener … or even how to not kill every plant I so much as look at!
  9. If I could rid the world of one thing it would be… Cruelty.
  10. I have a fear of…. Rodents.
  11. My hidden talent is Finding really excellent carparks in busy shopping centres.
  12. Before I die I must… Grow something that can actually be safely eaten.
  13. My writing inspiration is…. Irvin Yalom, Bill O’Hanlon, Brene Brown.



  1. Favourite TV shows? Make-over shows – Selling Houses Australia, The Block, Tabatha Takes Over. SVU. Australian Story. Homeland. Blacklist.
  2. Singers Soooo many – from Karen Carpenter, Carole King, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury through to Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith.
  3. Movies In the last month or so I have seen Greenbook, The Wife and Bohemian Rhapsody. Totally loved them all.
  4. My superpower would be… Teleportation
  5. What makes you laugh Children (especially my own). Michael McIntyre. Mamamia MAFS recaps (sooo funny).
  6. People I admire Too many to name. I admire people who inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
  7. What inspires you? I feel inspired when I notice that “a difference” has been made – in a good way.
  8. The best advice I ever got? Be your word.
  9. Worst advice I ever got. Yes, get that, it looks great (applicable to various outfits, hairstyles, menu options).
  10. Ultimate dinner party guests? My husband, my closest friends, Oprah, Ellen, Irv, the Obamas.



  1. Favourite room in my home? Lounge-room.
  2. Most treasured possession My grand piano.
  3. Favourite drink? Depends on the time of day and day of the week – coffee, tea, champagne, sparkling mineral water.
  4. Midnight snack? Kettle chips
  5. Favourite takeaway? Wood-fired pizza.
  6. Signature dish to cook? It used to be Steak Diane but I don’t eat red meat anymore so probably Salmon with Lemongrass Rice Pilaf.
  7. Best place ever lived. Uzès, France – even though it was only for a short time. I also really loved living in Gisborne, Victoria.
  8. The best part of the day. After dinner.



  1. Favourite counselling framework A mix of systems theory and solution focused and whatever I think at the time.
  2. What are you most proud of with your counselling work?
    I think that having a thriving private practice for over two decades where your clients are largely via word of mouth means that you are mostly doing your job. I think I’m proud of having encouraged others to do this work.
  3. Favourite counselling book The Gift of Therapy. Irvin Yalom.
  4. Most expensive counselling workshop that you have attended
    The Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Anaheim which is held every four years (except the next one which is in 2020, which is only three years), ends up being the most expensive because of the airfares etc. It is TOTALLY worth every cent.
  5. What do you take with you in your counselling room A willingness to focus and do my job.
  6. Self-care strategy for yourself Playing with my grandchildren.
  7. What did you struggle with when you first started counselling? That, even in the helping professions, people will engage in really unhelpful and hurtful behaviour.
  8. Favourite counselling quote I don’t really have one.
  9. Advice to new counsellors There is absolutely no short cut to proficiency and competence. Practice, practice, practice.
  10. Hopes for the counselling profession That we will become more widely recognised as being an important part of the holistic health care team.
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