Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver talks to Soaplife about the part psychotherapy plays in her life…
Why did you decide to become a psychotherapist?
“I’ve always been fascinated by the good it can do. Personally I think it should be mandatory for every single teen in the country. It’s a great confidence builder. I’m qualified to take clients and have another 18 months to go before I finish my four-year course in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. It’s hard work fitting it in with Corrie, but I love it.”
Do you have therapy?
“I have it constantly – once a week. I’ve learned so much about myself and it’s changed my life.”
In what way?
“It’s given me a complete understanding of certain behaviour – why we react in the way we do. It can’t help but affect every relationship in your life. I get excited about having therapy each week. It’s an hour when it really is all about you. It’s a bit like going to the gym – but for your mind.”
What do your clients think when they see it’s Eileen from Corrie who’s their psychotherapist?
“It’s maybe a bit weird for them at first, but once we sit down and we start talking, they forget all about it. The novelty definitely wears off. The people who come to see me have something they want to talk about, they have a problem… That’s what they’re concerned with, not who I am.”
You’re mum to Todd [Bruno Langley] and Jason [Ryan Thomas] on screen, but what are you like as a mum in real life?
“My son Elliot is 19. We’re very alike and very close. This means that although we get on very well, we also clash a lot. We decided a few years ago that each year we’d do a mother-son holiday and we have a lot of fun together – but we’ve also driven each other up the wall!”
Coronation Street, ITV