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 a warm, experienced and well-qualified counsellor based in Seaford and Hove. I am a registered BACP member and provide short and long term counselling to adults, young people and couples. The initial session is £20.

Perhaps you are struggling with difficult issues and feel you'd like someone to talk to. It is not always easy to open up to people in your life, for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps you are considering counselling but might feel a bit daunted about sharing your personal issues with someone new.

The good news is that I provide a welcoming, warm and confidential space in which, no matter what you say, you will not be judged but will instead be really listened to. By feeling understood and accepted in counselling, it becomes possible to develop and deepen your own understanding of what you feel, why you feel it and how you behave. We will also work together to find new ways to think about issues and I will support you to uncover solutions to problems and coping strategies that feel right for you.

Counselling is a unique journey that looks diffferent for each client. You may wish to do solution-focused work on a particular goal or you may wish to work longer-term to address issues from the past and heal old wounds. I will be guided by what feels right for you.

I'd really like to hear from you, by text, email or phone for an informal chat about counselling or to book an initial session. The first session is a chance to begin exploring issues, to see if you feel comfortable with me and to look at what you might need from counselling.


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

"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."

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


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

£70 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