Chriss Abell (Female) MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP registered Dip. Couples Counselling

Chriss Abell (Female) MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP registered Dip. Couples Counselling

Muntham Drive
Barns Green
West Sussex
RH13 0NH

01403 731722 / 07714 098278

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Muntham Drive
Barns Green
West Sussex
RH13 0NH

01403 731722 / 07714 098278

About me

My humanistic approach to counselling is based around the notion that everyone given the right conditions can make the changes they strive to make. I aim to give my clients a safe place where they can explore their lives without being judged.

If you are you having problems coming to terms with the death of someone close to you, struggling to give up drugs or alcohol, having relationship problems, lacking self esteem and confidence, feeling depressed, suicidal, anxious, made redundant, been sexually abused, or any problems that are affecting your daily life mentally or physically. Then maybe talking to a trained counsellor and gently exploring your feelings, allowing internal thoughts to be brought to the surface, might help you understand the situation you are in. Through counselling you can then develop your own inner resources to deal with your problem and move on.

I believe the “Therapeutic Relationship” (i.e. the relationship between client and counsellor) is a very important part of enabling a client to explore negative beliefs and gain a perspective about issues that are troubling them.
I aim to enable clients understand themselves, and to make the personal changes they want to make; so moving towards the kind of person they wish to be and reaching their potential

I attained my Diploma in Couples and Family Counselling and have worked with several couples and families.
Couples and families come to counselling for many different reasons. If we think of the life cycle of the couple and later, family, they come together bringing with them patterns rooted in childhood, their family of origin and its environment. Couples come together with high expectations and idealised preconception, so often after the so called "Honeymoon " period is over, the reality and difficulties of life come to the fore.   This is often the time when the arguments, disagreements, financial issues, feelings of being trapped, having to make sacrifices etc. come between the couple, and if there are children involved , this can put even more strain on the relationship. If couples come for counselling early on in these times of troubles it is so much easier to work through them rather than leaving them until there is little chance of repair
If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationship, I am here to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Wealden College of Psychology attaining their Diploma in Counselling, which is accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I also have a Diploma in Couples and Family Counselling.

I have attended on going training and continue to do so in areas such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Substance Misuse, Bereavement Trauma,Depression, Anxiety, Solution Focused,,lLoss and Attachment,, Asperges, Self Harm, Brief and Time Limited Therapy GuidedImagery and Visualisation, and Creative Ways of. working.
As well as my private work, I also work with dysfunctional families in Brighton, some EAP (Employment Assistance Program) work and am about to do some voluntary work at the Drop in Centre in Horsham.   In the past I have worked for Addaction and St Catherine's Hospice.

I am an accredited member of BACP and I adhere to their code of ethics.

I have regular supervision with an experienced professional, in accordance with BACP regulations.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Human Givens approach in Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Trauma and Phobia
Couples and family counselling.
Creative work


I have a sliding scale of £30 - £45 per one hour session.
(£40 - £50 per session for couples.)

I do reserve some spaces for people on low incomes or students.

Fees are paid at each session by cash or cheque.

Further information

I practice in a tranquil setting in a village in West Sussex, which is easily accessible from Horsham, Brighton, Worthing, Pulborough, Storrington and Crawley.

Off road parking is available.
An initial consultation can usually be arranged in a few days, for which I make no charge. This is an opportunity to explore the possibility of working together, and for you to ask questions.

Further sessions will be on a weekly basis lasting for one hour.
The number of sessions is variable and will be agreed between us, with regular reviews and opportunity for feedback.

Couples Counselling

I love working one to one with clients, trying to help them see and understand the reasons behind their problems and issues, and to help them make the changes they wish to make.  Equally I am enjoying very much working with couples and looking at the dynamics between two people, and helping them understand each other and the backgrounds and experience that each brings to their relationship.

Family Counselling

I also work with families who are struggling . Often family members are in prison, children in care, drug and alcohol problems. This is an exciting new project running as a pilot scheme, which I am fortunate to be involved in. The work is fascinating and challenging I work with another counsellor, and creative techniques are often a way of helping the family to express themselves, and with children, often with ADHD, attention span is short.

Working with Students

Working with students is an area of counselling that I am very interested in. Most colleges require their students to be in therapy whilst they are studying to become counsellors themselves. Any students looking for a counsellor, I would be very happy to have a chat either by phone or an assessment session(for which I do not charge). I know the costs of training to be a counsellor are pretty substantial  and I am happy to negotiate fees .
January/ February 2015 News
This time of year after Christmas, which is not always a good experience for everyone, can sometimes be a depressing, over whelming, anxious frightening, sad and difficult time. The so called festive period can often high light,personal issues and problems. If you are feeling any of these emotions or others, and think you would like to explore in a safe place how you might deal with them, then give me a call. My assessment session is free, and I work with individuals, couples and families.


Student Counsellor - Male Aged 48

Chriss has been present for me throughout a demanding year of self-exploration and my own insights into my life patterns, life scripts and profound loss. As a student counsellor myself I perhaps bring a different challenge to therapy - constant self-examination and new self-revelation, theoretical opinions, restlessness to understand it all in one go.

I needed someone accepting, totally trustworthy, solid, supportive and also prepared to challenge me (thinking, behaviour and therapeutic techniques). I wanted a therapist who could be creative, appropriately bold and who could also use many different approaches (visualisation, metaphors, sand trays, painting, drawings and so on) to help me ‘get at’ and understand this all.

Not only has Chriss not buckled within this work, her personable, compassionate humanity, her total acceptance of me and her own real “fully alive” self have been in the room with me every week. Chriss is in every sense a model of how to “be” and how to “hold“.

Male age 48 I found Chriss was able to get a clear insight of the issues that I needed to resolve, helped me understand the causes and solve each one step by step over a period of time. She always listened patiently and I found her open and friendly but at the same time challenged me frequently to enable me to get to the root of the issue. I wholeheartedly recommend Chriss to anyone looking for a counsellor.

Female age 30 Chriss was recommended to me by a family friend, and she has been instrumental in literally changing my life. She coached me through my fears of turning 30 and helped me to face up to the regrets I'd been burying for years. Chriss is kind, inquisitive and a great listener, she can also be very firm which was vital for me. I tend to squirm out of facing up to things. Above all she is a friendly face and a brilliant counsellor - I can't thank her enough for her help.

Female age 38 It's difficult to describe what Chriss was able to give me - acceptance, space, sanity, hope...but the sentiment is huge. She gave me a space to express my feelings and miss my father. I thank her enormously, her skills and time were hugely appreciated.

Female age 34 Thank you so much for your gentle support and encouragement over the last few months. The gift of that space, time and a wonderful listener has been so valuable.

Maps & Directions

Barns Green, RH13 0NH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I aim to be as flexible as I can giving clients the option of different times each week. I do offer some evening work and will fit in odd sessions at the weekend if needed.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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