Liz Down PGDip MBACP

Liz Down PGDip MBACP

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East Sussex

East Sussex

07785 182 835

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East Sussex

East Sussex

07785 182 835

About me

I am an experienced and warm counsellor based in Seaford and Hove. I offer counselling to young people, adults and couples experiencing a variety of issues. My approach is person-centred and I focus on building an open, warm and empathic connection with you. I work face to face, via Skype and telephone. I provide low-cost sessions for clients experiencing financial difficulties.

I provide a safe, supportive and confidential space for you to talk through your issues. I tailor my approach to suit your needs, integrating CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) into my practice where you wish to work in a more goal-oriented way. I will work with you to explore the connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and work with you to develop coping strategies that feel right for you.


"Liz provided me with a safe space in which to explore the previously impossible things I needed to explore. She had compassion and empathy. She kept up with my lengthy rambles, and sat in silence with me, shared her insights when appropriate and really heard what I needed to say. My time with Liz allowed an authentic shift deep inside myself that has been profoundly healing. I would wish anyone finding themselves struggling with painful and challenging issues a ‘Liz’ to go on that journey with. Truly professional whilst also being humanly real, Liz’s skills and abilities as a counsellor are second to none."

"Liz has helped me immensely with her compassionate and very understanding nature. I feel totally at ease with her and I am able to share my innermost feelings and worries without any risk of being judged.  I actually look forward to our sessions each week as a way of cleansing my mind for the week ahead."

"I have recommended Liz to others and would not hesitate to do so again"

Contact Me:

Accessing therapy can be a daunting prospect, there are many counselling approaches to choose between and telling your problems to someone new takes courage. I welcome telephone or email contact as an opportunity for you to ask me questions, have an informal chat and organise an initial introductory session. The initial session is a chance to begin getting to know each other and explore what you would like from counselling and whether my approach is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Training:                                                                                                                       

Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling: Brighton University

Certificate in Couples Counselling: Heartswork

Pre-Diploma in Counselling: Brighton University
Drug & Alcohol Counselling Training: SASS (Sussex Alcohol Substance Use Service)
(Including CBT & Motivational Interviewing)
Working with Trauma & Recovery: Wealden Institute & Rise Counselling Service
Working with Men who have experienced Sexual Abuse/ Assault: Survivors UK
Solution-Focused Counselling: Young People's Centre
Counselling Young People: Rise Counselling Service & Online CPD with BACP
Pluralistic Counselling: Brighton Person-Centred Community
Existential Therapy & Phenomenology: Ernesto Spinelli, KGA
Recognising & Assessing Mental Disturbance: BPCC
Personality Inside Out: Human Personality in the Consulting Room:  Psychotherapy UK
Compassion Focused Therapy: Brighton Therapy Partnership
Zen and the art of Person-Centred Therapy: BPCC
Traumatic Attachment and Co-Regulation: The Neuro-biology of Relationship: Psychotherapy Excellence
Working with Risky Behaviours in Adolescent Clients: Brighton Therapy Partnership
Part-Time Youth Work Certificate: Kingston Youth Service

Current Counselling Experience:

Counsellor: Private Practice, Brighton & Seaford

Previous Experience:

Freelance Sexual Assault Counsellor: Mankind, Newhaven

Counsellor: Young People's Centre

Counsellor: As You Are, Southwick

Drug/Alcohol Counsellor: SASS, Hove

I have also had over 16 years experience supporting adults and young people with a variety of mental health issues.

Further Info:                                                                                                                      

I am fully insured, receive clinical supervision and ongoing professional development training. I am also a member BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their ethical framework.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Please visit my website- to read my Counselling Contract and other useful information about my service.


Initial Session £20

£40- £50 per session -according to what feels affordable (sessions last 50 minutes)

£30-£35 concessions available for clients where finances would make the full fee unaffordable

£65 Couples (sessions last 60 minutes)

Individual Sessions last 50 mins
Longer sessions available on arrangement

Further information

I have experience working with adults, young people and couples dealing with:

Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual), Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Addictions (including Drug & Alcohol), Bereavement & Loss, Cancer, Parenting Issues, Depression, Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Fears, Health related issues, Infertility, Low Self-Esteem & Low Self-Confidence, Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personal Development, Post-Natal Depression, Relationship Issues, Couples Counselling, Sexual Issues, Self Harm, Separation & Divorce, Stress, Trauma (PTSD), Work related issues, General Counselling.

Maps & Directions

Seaford, BN25
Brighton, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening spaces in Hove and Seaford

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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