Karen Thirtle

Karen Thirtle

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The Rock Clinic East
270 Eastern Road
East Sussex

07898 914136

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The Rock Clinic East
270 Eastern Road
East Sussex

07898 914136

About me

I started counselling in 1995, mostly within a mental health charity. I work with individual adults and have experience working with a wide range of issues. In the NHS between 2003 and 2012 I developed specialist interest in Pain Management, Long-term Physical Conditions especially Breast Cancer and Cardiac conditions, Medically Unexplained symptoms and Trauma, where I worked as a Counselling Psychologist in multi-disciplinary teams.

I supervise doctoral clinical and counselling psychology trainees and qualified psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. I sometimes run Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based Health and Well Being groups for people who are interested in those approaches.

I generally prefer to arrange a first meeting by email, and I am happy to answer any questions at that stage. The initial meeting is so that you can tell me what you have sought help with and you can see if I am someone you think you could talk to about the issues that concern you. If we agree to start your counselling we will then arrange your first session. At that initial meeting you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process or the therapeutic approach that I use.

I work face to face on a weekly basis, but when that isn't possible I offer sessions online. I can work short term (6-10 sessions), but I prefer to offer counselling in an open-ended arrangement as it is very difficult to predict in advance how many sessions anyone will need for counselling to be effective, as there are so many factors involved.

I know that it can be very daunting to make contact with a counsellor however, your initial email and any other contact with me remains completely private and confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Therapy (Northbrook College, Worthing)
B.A.Hons Social Psychology (University of Sussex)
MSc Counselling Psychology (University of Sussex)
British Psychological Society Chartership in Counselling Psychology Reg. No. 099405
Associate Fellow British Psychological Society
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist Reg. No. PYL22131

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management
Living with long-term physical conditions
Adjustment after Intensive Care treatment
Breast Cancer
Medically Unexplained Symptoms, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS and ME


To be agreed in discussion with client. Generally between £45 and £60 per session.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2 5TA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer individual clinical supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists.

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