Sally McLaren MBACP (Accred) PG Dip (University of Sussex)

Sally McLaren MBACP (Accred)  PG Dip (University of Sussex)

West Sussex

01403 211463

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West Sussex

01403 211463

About me

My consulting room is in Horsham in a quiet location on the edge of St Leonard's Forest. I offer a secure and confidential setting in which to talk about whatever issues may be troubling you - whether that is anxiety, depression, repeating patterns of behaviour, problems in relationships, loss, long term emotional difficulties, or a lack of fulfilment or sense of meaning in life. I offer sessions at a minimum frequency of once weekly and up to three times weekly.

I qualified professionally at postgraduate level in 1998 at Sussex University and have twenty years experience in private practice, in NHS secondary care and in a local counselling service, working with individuals from very diverse backgrounds and bringing a wide range of issues.

Over the years I have pursued my interest in the human condition and the therapeutic process, reading and studying independently and attending many seminars and courses. I have developed a deeper understanding of psychoanalytic and Jungian ideas and these are the theories which largely inform my practice. I have a particular interest in the work of Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung.

I am now in the final stages of further training with WPF Therapy in order to qualify as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. WPF Therapy is a major training organisation and therapy provider in central London with a strong and well established reputation and it is highly regarded in the profession.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy recognises that the difficulties for which people seek help are often the tip of the iceberg, with deeper underlying causes that require exploration and understanding within the context of a secure and confidential therapeutic relationship; it is suitable for those coming for help for the first time, or for those who may have experienced unsuccessful attempts (or only partial or temporary success) with other approaches or briefer therapies.

I have been working with individuals once or twice weekly for twenty years and continue to do so, but I now also offer the more intensive approach of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with sessions at a greater frequency. Higher frequency of sessions offers containment, continuity and the potential for deep rooted and lasting change for individuals willing to engage in longer term therapy. Furthermore, experience tells me that although the difficulties that a person is facing may be extremely painful and challenging at times, they can also be creative and lead to personal growth and development.

In 2012 I completed a two year Infant Observation with the Jungian section of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. I observed a baby in his home each week from birth to two years in order to build up a picture of his developing inner world and relationships, and deepen my understanding of the human psyche. I have recently been awarded a prize by the British Journal of Psychotherapy for an essay based on my experiences during this Observation. My paper, 'Birds, Beasts and Babies - Notes from an Infant Observation', was published in the Journal in November 2014.

Starting Therapy

Therapy is a process in which, together, we can seek to create a place where all manner of troubling questions about the individual’s mind, body and soul can be explored in a spirit of curiosity, openness and honesty.

Taking the first step can be daunting. You are most welcome to telephone me or send an e-mail with your questions before we decide a time to meet.

The problems an individual brings can only be properly understood within the context of the person’s total life situation, and careful consideration is important when deciding whether to embark on the process of therapy. It is therefore my practice to carry out an initial assessment over two sessions in order to explore the difficulties and to think about what may best facilitate change and growth. The fee for this two part assessment is £80 in total.

The therapeutic process requires continuity in order to be fruitful. It therefore involves a commitment to weekly sessions and we would agree a regular time to meet on the same day each week. Sessions are fifty minutes long. This time is kept for you and I do therefore charge for all sessions that you miss or cancel, whatever the reason. I offer therapy at a frequency of one to three sessions weekly.

Please visit my website at for more information about me and the way I work. (Click on link at top of page).

Training, qualifications & experience


Private Practice
I have a well established private practice in Horsham where I have been offering counselling and psychotherapy since 1998. I see adults of all ages (18 and over) from very diverse backgrounds and with different life experiences.

NHS Experience
I spent several years in NHS secondary care in an honorary capacity, both in the Psychotherapy Department at Hove Polyclinic and in the Department of Clinical and Counselling Psychology in Brighton, seeing individuals referred through a GP or the Psychiatric Services struggling with more complex mental health issues.

Horsham Counselling Service
I worked for more than 6 years with Horsham Counselling Service both as a counsellor and assessor. People came to me from the local community seeking help with a wide variety of issues and difficulties.

EAP Counsellor
I worked as an EAP Counsellor (Employee Assistance Programmes) for a number of years. The issues that people brought related to their work and/or to their personal lives.


Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Sussex) 1998

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist 2004

Further Training and Continuing Professional Development

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (WPF Therapy) Current

Two year Infant Observation Course (British Jungian Analytic Association - BPF)

NHS Psychiatric Placement with Assertive Outreach Team in Brighton (one year) 2011

NHS Psychiatric Placement at Horsham/Crawley Hospitals (one year) 2000

One year Introductory Course in Group Analysis (Institute of Group Analysis) 2002

Please visit my website at for more information. (Click on link at top of page).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal growth and development
Feelings of sadness, emptiness or loneliness
Lack of meaning or purpose
Mental Health Issues


My fee for the initial two part consultation is £80 in total.

Thereafter, the fee is £50 per session.

Supervision £45 per session.

Further information

Please visit my website at for more information about me and the way I work. (Click on link at top of page).

Maps & Directions

Horsham, RH13

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime; evening; early morning. Weekdays only.

Types of client


Supervision & training

Birds, Beasts and Babies - Images and Imagination.

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