Tara Payne PG Dip In Integrative Therapy & Counselling, MBACP

Tara Payne PG Dip In Integrative Therapy & Counselling, MBACP

West Sussex

West Sussex


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West Sussex

West Sussex


About me

Seeking therapy can be a very difficult time. You may be feeling down and you just don't know why? or perhaps you're struggling with something you just can't seem to find a way out of ?....... Entrusting somebody with something that you don't fully understand may be an extremely challenging thing to do and the thought of needing support may make you feel different or as though your admitting defeat. The fact is......We all struggle at some point and exploring things within a safe space can often help us to make sense of things that are too difficult to face alone.

I am a warm, empathic, non judgemental Counsellor who is committed to helping people feel safe within this process. My work with people often locates a difficult relationship at the root of discomfort. This is the very reason that the relationship between myself and my clients is key and is often at the heart of reparation. Through the strength and trust ensued within; it may become possible to confront and explore issues that are otherwise far too overwhelming. Increased self awareness is a product borne out of this exploration and with this often comes a liberation to make different choices thus taking positive steps towards resolution. The counselling relationship can provide a model for managing those less healthy relationships within our world and supports the construction of self worth.

I am an integrative Counsellor experienced at working with most issues but have extensive experience in working with:

  • Addiction
  • Attachment issues
  • Extreme trauma
  • Clinical Mental Health diagnosis
  • OCD
  • Pregnancy

I was driven towards my therapeutic work as result of my own life experiences, together with a life long interest in understanding people: their functioning and their pain. This journey enables me to approach my work with genuine empathy.

I believe that Counselling is a unique process shaped by the individuals involved. I am an Integrative Therapist which means my I can draw upon a training of diverse approaches. This enables me to flexibly attune to the work and adapt my approach to client need.

Training, qualifications & experience

Substance Misuse

I have a worked as a substance misuse Counsellor for a leading organisation and am therefore experienced in working with the complexities of addiction and this remains an area that is close to my heart.

Mental Health

Having worked within Third sector Mental Health I am experienced in working with complex mental health diagnosis such as Schizophrenia, Personality disorder, Psychosis.

Young People

Therapeutically working with young people is a personal continuing interest. I recently supported the formation of a young people's mental Health service for the 16-25 age group which involved extensive research into existing barriers within the younger community. This remains a focus due to the potential for change and growth within this client group.

Psycho Educational Courses / Therapeutic Groups

Experienced in the design of Psycho Educational courses and facilitation of Therapeutic Groups

CPCAB level 2 Counselling Skills 2010

Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy 2012

SASS (Sussex Alcohol and substance Misuse service) Formerly CRI
Addiction Counselling Training 2011

Member organisations



Counselling very much relies on the working partnership between therapist and Client. Seeking the right therapist; someone you feel comfortable about working with is key. I offer an assessment session at a reduced fee which gives you the opportunity to come and meet me and for us to get a sense of our potential work together.

Assessment Fee £25

Counselling Sessions £35

Group Sessions- Fee available upon request

Further information


have comfortable and private practice rooms in Littlehampton and Worthing
Both are within easy reach of the town centre and mainline train stations
Parking is also available at both locations.

Maps & Directions

Littlehampton, BN17
Worthing, BN14

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer daytime,evening and a limited number of weekend appointments for those who require out of hours availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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