Susan Tyler PG Dip, MBACP (Accred),UKCP and FPC.

Susan Tyler PG Dip, MBACP (Accred),UKCP and FPC.

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152 Buckingham Palace Road

East Sussex

020 7730 1242 / 077 0823 6395

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152 Buckingham Palace Road

East Sussex

020 7730 1242 / 077 0823 6395

About me

How I can help

I’m a well-qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor working from The Courtyard Garden in London SW1 (which I co founded) and in central Brighton.

When life is a challenge, sometimes we need help to cope with difficulties that seem hard to shift alone. Understanding where feelings come from can really help to unravel them and relieve conflicts. Depression and anxiety can almost paralyse your ability to move forward. Talking about difficult feelings can feel hard even when you know it is a positive step forward. Some people struggle on with relationship difficulties for many years before asking for help and it can feel like such a relief to find ways through the problems.

Every experience is unique and I can help you deal with your anxiety and depression, helping you find ways to cope with them. I work with people on an open ended basis as well as for a shorter agreed time to find a way for you to live with yourself and your relationships, enabling you to live as freely and creatively as possible.

As well as more longer term work, I am able to offer a more short term approach which focuses more on a current situation. This work can last between 6 and 20 sessions. I have trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy which NICE guidelines state is effective in treating anxiety and depression when CBT hasn't been enough and this informs my focus when open ended long term work isn't possible. I am able to use a combination of approaches and adapt to what is needed using mindfulness based CBT and DIT principles. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy focuses on relationships and how working on this can help alleviate depression and anxiety.

I have a lot of experience of helping with relationship problems and difficult feelings both in DIT and longer term work.This may involve problems in establishing close relationships or unravelling unhelpful patterns with established attachments.Therapy or counselling can really help reveal how the past has impacted in problems being intimate in the present. You may have found unhelpful ways of dealing with painful feelings that are causing you problems. Therapy can help you find another way through this.
I am also experienced in telephone and Skype counselling.

My work is strictly confidential.I work in private practice in both London and Brighton as well as for a well established local charity.

Areas of particular expertise
I'm particularly experienced in the area of addiction and it's impact on families. It can leave trauma that needs processing. I am a media volunteer for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.

I also had many years of experience in education in a variety of settings including the Special Needs sector and therefore have unique insight into a range of developmental disorders and their impact on families. I have experience working with people on the autistic spectrum and understand their particular challenges.

I also have a long term interest and experience of mindfulness which now has a growing research base in treatment for anxiety and depression. While my main way of working is psychodynamic, which uses the idea that our past experiences live on in the way we relate to the present, I practise using a mindfulness informed approach. CBT and mindfulness approaches can really help with anxiety.

All enquiries are strictly confidential. To set up an initial consultation or to discuss any questions, please call me on 07708236395, e mail me at or visit

My own website is

Training, qualifications & experience


  • I'm a fully-qualified and experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.
  • I have a Postgraduate Diploma (5 years) in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice from WPF Therapy in London, one of the country's most highly-respected training institutions.
  • I have undertaken further training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and am passionate about it's benefits which involve ways of tackling anxiety and depression within relationships.
  • I have a degree in psychology and worked in education with children with developmental disorders for many years as well as in mainstream education before training as a therapist. I have an interest in social communication disorders and their impact on emotional life. I have experience over many years of working with people on the autistic spectrum and/or with ADHD. These conditions have particular challenges when it comes to managing feelings.

Clinical Experience

  • I work at the Rock Clinic in Brighton which provides low cost psychotherapy to the local community. I am also a co-founder and Director of The Courtyard Garden, a Psychotherapy and Counselling service based near Victoria.
  • I'm a registered health care provider for Wellbeing Solutions (EAP provider).

Accredited organisations

  • I'm an accredited member of the BACP, UKCP and FPC and my clinical work is consistent with the highest ethical standards required of these professional bodies.
  • I'm an accredited DIT practitioner on the British Psychoanalytic Register.
  • I am committed to continuing my professional development, incorporating recent research to enhance my clinical work. My research interests are about how best to help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol problems.

Member organisations

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Specialised support for adult children of alcoholics.
  • Expertise in social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders
  • Mindfulness based approaches to mental distress

Photos & videos

  • The Courtyard Garden
  • Our practice
  • The Garden


  • I aim to provide accessibly-priced therapy for each individual daytime and evenings.
  • Therapy costs £40 to £70 which is dependent on the time of day you can come and your individual circumstances.
  • I have some concessionary rates during the day time for students and those on a low income. Please ask about those if you feel you may be eligible.

Further information

I work in central Brighton, BN2 and London, SW1.

I have comfortable rooms in Brighton that are easily accessible and centrally located.
If you commute to Victoria, you will find the location I work in London very convenient.

If you need sessions at a specific time that I can't accommodate, it’s likely that one of my practice partners at The Courtyard Garden can, so you won't have to wait too long to get the high quality help you need. We have flexible consulting hours to help you fit therapy around your work and other life commitments.

Maps & Directions

London, SW1W 9TR
Brighton, BN2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Spanish


I am available daytimes and some evenings until 10pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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