Mary Saunders MBACP Registered

Mary Saunders MBACP Registered

C/O Downlands Court
Roundhay Avenue
East Sussex
BN10 8TG

C/O Haven Therapies
Saxon Lane
East Sussex
BN25 1QL

07890 806501

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C/O Downlands Court
Roundhay Avenue
East Sussex
BN10 8TG

C/O Haven Therapies
Saxon Lane
East Sussex
BN25 1QL

07890 806501

About me

It can be scary to think about starting counselling – that is perfectly normal. However, what is important is the therapeutic relationship that builds between counsellor and client. I hope to develop a good relationship with you by listening to you carefully and empathically and without judging you.

It will be up to you to decide how many sessions you need, although for short term therapy it is worth considering at least 10 sessions. Complex or long-standing issues may benefit from more time. Sessions will normally be at the same time on a weekly basis.

The counselling services I offer:

I work one to one with adults and young people and also offer relationship counselling for couples. I have specialist training and experience in adoption, alcohol issues and working with older people. I am able to help with a wide variety of issues including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addiction
  • stress
  • trauma
  • relationship issues
  • and other forms of mental distress.

I originally qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor; but prefer to work in a more integrative way according to what seems right for you. I can integrate elements of Cognitive Behavioural, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Sand tray therapies if this feels appropriate.

In addition to my own caseload, I work with clients on behalf of Barnardo's and am a member of Sussex Alcohol Counselling Service service. I am also employed by Brighton University as a sessional worker to offer counselling to students. Until recently, I managed a well-known charity's counselling service.

I have also worked at The Carers' Centre and understand the difficulties unpaid carers face.

Where I work:

I work in a lovely room in Peacehaven and a comfortable therapy room in Seaford, so please contact me to find the most convenient for you. Please see more information about my counselling rooms in 'Any further information' below.

Training, qualifications & experience


Sussex Downs College Counselling skills courses
Degree in Person-Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton
Applied Suicide and Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - I have trained in and have experience of working with those who have attempted or considered suicide, or self-harmed
Qualified with Barnado's Adoption Agency (Ofsted registered agency providing Adoption services) as a Specialist Adoption Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Couples and Family counselling

Professional membership:

Registered Member MBACP (Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Registration no. 31260). Working to its Ethical Framework of standards and principles for therapeutic practice.

The BACP requires its members (regardless of their level of experience) to have regular clinical supervision to ensure that the counselling offered remains safe and effective. I make sure I receive regular supervision that meets BACP requirements.


I continue to keep my training up to date and have undertaken very comprehensive training including: Couples and family relationship counselling, Adoption counselling, Mental health awareness, Trauma, Mindfulness, Eating disorders, suicide awareness, sexual abuse, working with LGBT clients, etc. For the complete list, please see my website at

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist Adoption Counsellor (specialist trained to offer adoption counselling as per the Children's Act 2005)
Couples and family relationship counselling
Other types of loss (i.e. other than bereavement)
Major life changes
Parenting issues
Alcohol and drug issues

Photos & videos

  • Downlands Court, Peacehaven
  • The Seaview Room at Downlands Court
  • Haven-Therapies


An initial introductory session is available at half the standard charge. Sessions will be charged at £40.00 for individual counselling, £60.00 for couples. All Sessions will be of a 50 minute duration. Some concessions may be available for students.

I am unable to accept Credit card payments, but payment by Paypal can be accepted by prior arrangement.

If you are interested in knowing more, please text or phone me on 07890 806501, or email me (Click Here).  I am happy to talk to you about any questions you may have prior to making an appointment. Alternatively, I can direct you to other sources of help if appropriate.

Further information


I work from these locations:


Downlands Court (Accessible) - parking (including disabled parking), or short walk to access via public transport i.e. 12, 12A, 14  bus services.


The therapy room is in Saxon Lane where there is some free parking available, some free on-street time limited parking, or a pay and display car park opposite. Accessible by bus within walking distance from the 12 and 12A bus service.

Maps & Directions

Peacehaven, BN10 8TG
Seaford, BN25 1QL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please feel free to contact me to discuss current availability in Peacehaven or Seaford (and Brighton may be possible if preferred)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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