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

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.

My consulting room is in Horsham in a quiet location on the edge of St Leonard's Forest. People come to me from Brighton and the South Coast, Dorking and the Surrey Hills as well as from the surrounding towns and villages of East and West Sussex.

I see therapy as a process in which, together, we can seek to create a relationship 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.

My work is informed largely by psychoanalytic and Jungian ideas both of which recognise 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. I have a particular interest in the work and ideas of Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung.

Jung's unique contribution and way of working could perhaps be summed up by saying that he had a profound respect for the individual and the wisdom buried in the individual's own psyche, and he saw it as the therapist's role to help the person work towards deeper self awareness and living a more authentic life. He thought that the symptoms which bring people into therapy were often due to conflicts between different parts of the individual’s personality and that whilst these difficulties may be extremely painful and challenging at times, they could also be creative and lead to personal growth and development.

My approach 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.

Starting Therapy

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 initial consultation takes place over two sessions. These sessions take place in the same week or consecutive weeks. This is an opportunity to explore the difficulties and to think about what may best facilitate change and growth before agreeing to embark on the process of therapy.

The therapeutic process requires continuity in order to be effective. It therefore involves a commitment to a minimum of once 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 sessions at a frequency of once to three times weekly. More frequent sessions can provide greater continuity and containment (the sense of being safely held so that deeper parts of oneself can be explored). This offers the potential for deep rooted and lasting change for individuals willing to engage in longer term therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified professionally at postgraduate level in 1998 in psychodynamic theory and practice at Sussex University. I have been a BACP Registered & Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist since 2004.

I have wide experience over twenty years. I have a well established private practice. I spent several years working with a local counselling service with individuals coming to me from the surrounding community. I have worked in an NHS Psychotherapy Department in Brighton offering psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals struggling with more complex mental health issues. I have worked with individuals from very diverse backgrounds and seeking help with a wide variety of difficulties.

Since qualifying in 1998 I have pursued my interest in the human condition and the therapeutic process, reading and studying independently, attending seminars and courses, and, in recent years, undertaking further intensive and lengthy training.

In 2012 I completed a two year Infant Observation Course 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. My paper, 'Birds, Beasts and Babies - Notes from an Infant Observation', was awarded the Rozsika Parker prize 2013 by the British Journal of Psychotherapy and was published in the Journal in November 2014. I am interested in the role of imaginal processes in those very early experiences before language is available and the implications of this for later life and in the consulting room.

I am now in the final stages of further training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with WPF Therapy in London, working with individuals three times a week.

I am also undertaking an additional training in Jungian analysis for qualified and experienced psychotherapists with the Association of Jungian Analysts in London, also working three times weekly.

Please visit my website at for more information about me and my practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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


£55 per weekly session.

The fee may be negotiable for individuals wanting longer term therapy with sessions at a greater frequency.

Supervision £40 per session.

I review my fees annually.

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

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