Neil McLaren - Reg. MBACP (Accred) Counsellor, CBT Practioner

Neil McLaren - Reg. MBACP (Accred) Counsellor, CBT Practioner

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Bexhill On Sea
East Sussex

07939 251931

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About me

I am an experienced Counsellor (Couples and Individuals) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner, and Psychological Life Coach. A fully Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. I offer face-to-face, Skype or telephone counselling.

Accredited Member Status:

Accreditation with BACP demonstrates to my clients and employers, my capacity for independent, competent, and ethical practice.
It symbolises my maturity, integrity, and gives assurance of the quality of my work.

Please visit my website for more details about me and the way I work, or call me if you have any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

My initial Counselling training was at the Metanoia Institute in London, where I was awarded a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Generalised Anxiety and Depression.

My Life Coach training was at the Centre for Coaching in London, where I was awarded a Certificate in Coaching, accredited by Middlesex University. My Couples/Relationship training has been with the Couple Counsellors Network, qualifying with a Diploma in Couples Counselling. I frequently integrate CBT into this area of my work, research has proven that CBT is a very effective way of addressing relationship issues.

I have worked as a counsellor since 2000, comprising work in private practice, Victim Support, in a hospice and in schools. Due to my BACP accreditation status my private work includes face-to-face counselling for EAP (Employment Assistance Programs) and insurance companies. This work involves using Skype and the telephone, as many clients work overseas. Counselling employees of large companies helps individuals deal with personal life issues that might be impacting their performance at work.

I always practice within the strict ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Association for Behavioural Psychotherapies, offering my clients the assurance that my training, current work and continued professional development meets these associations high standards.

My work is regularly supervised by a qualified counselling supervisor and my BACP accreditation status is reviewed annually. Being Accredited means that I have to constantly update my continued professional development throughout the year. I am fully insured and covered by an up to date enhanced CRB inspection.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

CBT for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression

General Counselling

Couple Counselling

Telephone Counselling

Counselling in schools

Personal Life Coaching

Retirement Coaching


In the Bexhill and Hastings area my fee is £40 for individuals and £50 for couples.

Payment by card, cash or cheque.

All counselling sessions last for 50 minutes.

Weekday and evening appointments available.

Further information

I always suggest an introductory session where we can explore together what it is you would like help with. We can then decide how to move forward and what sort of therapy would suit you best. Some clients/couples come to work with me on a particular issue for a few sessions, others want to come for more in depth counselling, it varies, depending on your needs.


CBT is a short to medium term therapy that focuses attention on the present rather than the past. CBT's core belief is that emotional distress is caused by the way we think, and changing our thoughts reduces worry and emotional anxiety. This way of working will have a definite structure, it will be problem-focused, goal oriented and practical. As your therapist I will educate you through guided discovery to be your own therapist in the future. CBT is proven to be an effective treatment for Anxiety and Depression and an effective way to work on relationship issues in Couple Counselling.


Most relationships will get strained at some time, resulting in their not functioning optimally and producing self-reinforcing, maladaptive patterns. There are many possible reasons for this, including depression, anxiety, anger, infidelity, sex, jealousy and arguments. If issues are left to continue without resolution the result can be general breakdown of problem solving, which in turn begins to gnaw away at the quality of the relationship. This can be a very distressing time, as our closest relationships can provide us with the greatest happiness, security and satisfaction.

At this stage, couples counselling can be very useful in exposing and addressing stuck patterns between partners. Couples are increasingly seeking counselling as a means of improving or rescuing their relationship. The purpose of couple counselling is to help you rebuild your relationship and stay together. However, if you expressly wish to separate, then couples counselling can also help you to do that more amicably.

In the counselling sessions we can:

- Openly talking through difficult topics.

- Share thoughts and feelings.

- Analyse your behavioural patterns and the way in which you communicate with each other.

- Look at techniques to help you both improve your communication methods.

- Explore role play exercises in the session.

- Explore your childhood and family history's.

- Point out discrepancies in your and your partner’s behaviour.

It will always be my task as your counsellor to provide a safe place in which you and your partner can feel at ease. It is important that you can both air your views and get equal time to speak and to be heard. This will enable effective communication and problems solving skills for you both to use in the future.

As your LIFE COACH I will offer a supportive and motivating environment in which you can explore what you want in life and how you might achieve your aspirations and potential.  By assisting you in committing to action and being a sounding-board for your experiences you will be offered personal space and support to enable you to grow and develop. My key role as your coach will be to assist you to maintain the motivation and energy needed to reach your goals both in the present and the future.

Coaching is generally undertaken on the premise that clients are self-aware and have selected coaching because they do not require any therapeutic intervention. I do recognise that it is not always appropriate or indeed necessary to go into depth, but it is often futile to work only on the ‘surface’ My experience informs me that many people have got issues they want to address whilst also wanting to work towards realizing their aspirations and goals, maximizing their potential, and improving performance.

As a Qualified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioural Practitioner and an Accredited Counsellor, I will be able to offer you an appropriate level of service depending on your immediate needs and preferences, the choice of how we work is yours. I will always keep track of the process in working with you, being mindful that at all times my aim is to facilitate your progress.

Everything discussed in a Counselling/CBT/Life coaching session is completely confidential. I would never pass on any information unless I believe that you were in danger of harming yourself or another person, and only then after discussion with you.

Maps & Directions

Bexhill On Sea, TN40

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Weekdays, evenings and some weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme