Barry Sugg MSc, MBACP (Senior Accredited), UKCP

Barry Sugg MSc, MBACP (Senior Accredited), UKCP

Ashdown House
Ovingdean Road

01273 303838 / 07905 949479

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Ashdown House
Ovingdean Road

01273 303838 / 07905 949479

About me

I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist and family therapist with over 15 years' experience working to help individuals, couples and families deal with a range of issues and life situations. I am a senior accredited member of BACP, am accredited by UKCP and am a member of AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice).  I am also a qualified and experienced supervisor of counsellors and counsellors in training. I am happy to work with specific problems or difficulties or with more general developmental 'personal growth'. I have particular experience in work with relationships, family issues, sexual identity, loss and bereavement, spirituality and with issues affecting the LGBT community. I work from home in Ovingdean, east of Brighton City Centre. 

There's easy parking on our own driveway. Coming by bus involves a 15 minute walk from the A259 coast road or from Falmer Road (frequent buses) or else careful planning to use the infrequent number 52 Big Lemon bus that actually comes into the village.  There is secure cycle parking.

Whatever your issue, counselling really is worth a try. I'm not a silent, 'inscrutable' kind of counsellor. I'm ready to give opinions and advice if you ask for them and to answer questions about myself and my own life experience. We can work on solutions and strategies.

But as I said in my introduction to this site, counselling is above all else an experience of being held, understood and listened to that is rare to find anywhere else and it is often this that makes the difference. It is also about relationship. You need to feel safe and okay with me for counselling to work. That's why I offer a free introductory meeting to give you the chance to find out all you need to know about me before we start on any sort of therapeutic journey together. I've been in therapy myself - 4 years twice a week with a Kleinian analyst and 2 years with a TA therapist. I know what it feels like. I know it can be scary and daunting to get started.  I have some ideas by now of what works and what doesn't, what's helpful and what isn't.  Do come and find out.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in family and systemic psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic)
Relate Certificate in marital and couples counselling
Diploma in Supervision

I have worked as a counsellor for Relate, Brighton LGBT Switchboard, Terrence Higgins Trust, CAMHS, St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney and in private practice. I also have extensive prior experience as a family social worker and social work manager.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

LGBT issues.  I strive to offer a gay-affirmative service and have extensive experience of working with people who identify as lesbian, gay or LGBT on a range of issues, including issues of sexual identity.


£40 individuals
£60 couples and families
Sessions last 50 minutes
Free initial meeting (30 minutes)

Further information

I am also UKCP registered and am a member of AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice)

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2 7BB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mondays and Tuesdays 8am to 8pm and Wednesday afternoons and evenings

Supervision & training

I have been practising as a supervisor of counsellors and counsellors in training for about 8 years and have a diploma in individual and group supervision.  I currently supervise two qualified counsellors in private practice and another on behalf of their employer.  Until recently,I was also running a supervision group for four volunteer counsellors at a hospice in East London.  Previously, I had wide experience supervising social workers in a local authority social services setting.

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