About me

If you're thinking about counselling then you're probably considering that change of some sort in your life might be good.  You might not know what that change looks like. You might not know how to make that change happen. You might know what it looks like but fear the path to get there. Counselling can help. Counselling can help you explore difficulties in a confidential and safe space. This exploration can lead to gaining new insights, acceptance and resolve of past issues and recognition of choices that could be made for a better future.

Choosing a counsellor can be really hard. Finding someone that you can trust to be with you while you look at some of the personal difficulties you're having isn't easy and there's ever increasing choice. My advice to you is trust your instinct. If you think you can build rapport with someone whose profile you've seen, go with it. If that's me, then I'd feel privileged to hear from you.

I have fourteen years of experience counselling both individuals and couples. If your criteria for choosing a counsellor includes plenty of experience, respected qualifications, professionalism and someone passionate about and committed to what they do then I might be the counsellor for you.  Please view the rest of my profile for more information.

My ethos:
I believe that everyone deserves to feel self assured and content. What I seek to do is to provide you with a respectful, professional and safe place to explore whatever difficulties it is that you're experiencing. I pride myself in practicing in a non-judgemental, non-discriminatory and empowering manner and believe that everyone is full of potential and has the ability to fulfil that potential.

My experience:
I have been working with clients on a one-to-one basis for fourteen years and have experience of a wide range of presenting issues to include: Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual, Financial), Addictions (Alcohol Misuse, Drug Misuse, Gambling, Sex addiction), Anger Management, Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), Bereavement, Bullying, Complex Trauma, Depression, Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Over-eating), Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks), Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues, Stress, Trauma and Work Related Issues.

I have experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors. I currently work within the NHS specialising in Addiction and also run my own private practice near Petworth where I see clients with a range of presenting issues.

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy practicing under its code of ethics and conduct.

My practice:
I offer one-to-one counselling which can be short term, solution focused or longer term psychotherapy depending on what you need. I also offer couples counselling. I originally trained in Person-Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy completing a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and these approaches underpin my work. Over the years, however, I have completed numerous courses in specialised areas and my skills as a therapist have developed to integrate all of this learning. So, whilst I am a fully qualified and experienced Person-Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural therapist my counselling style can adjust to fit your individual needs.

Here are what some previous clients have to say:

"Making initial contact with Rosy was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I was nervous and apprehensive but Rosy put me at ease straight away and I knew I was in an environment that was safe, professional and non judgemental. We had to conduct our sessions over Zoom due to the pandemic, but this did not in anyway hinder our communication.
Rosy has helped me understand myself more then I could have imagined. She has opened doors in my thought process and allowed me to look at my hurdles from different angles, which has been eye-opening and extremely helpful. Rosy has given me the tools to tackle my hurdles in the best way for me and I feel so much stronger, confident and content with these tools at my disposal. I will continue to put into practise everything I have learnt with Rosy and I would never think twice about talking to her again should the need ever arise.
I can't recommend getting in contact with Rosy enough, she is extraordinary." Clare, West Sussex

"I contacted Rosy by email at a crisis in my life. Rosy was so calm, professional and non-judgemental from the outset that she set the scene for me to be able to talk about whatever I wished to. Rosy is an incredible listener - she hears your words, picks up on the feelings you share, identifies things that are not being said and reflects everything back to you. I would not hesitate to recommend Rosy as a counsellor. She undertakes her role professionally, warmly and with considerable skill. I am so glad I took the plunge and sent my initial email. The result is that I am a stronger, happier person with a much more robust sense of 'me'. Life will always have ups and downs, as it does for everyone, but having a sense of self-worth and personal identity allows me to cope and to enjoy the opportunities that life has to offer." Catherine, West Sussex.

"I value the time I spent with Rosy as one of the most helpful, constructive and healing periods of my adult life. Rosy offered a calm, reassuring, completely non-judgmental experience. She suggested a goal and guided me towards it by helping me to get to the exact root of my feelings, therefore to a better understanding of my motivation. She remembered everything relevant to me and at what stage we were at during each session without reference to notes; making me feel both secure and individually valued. She was easy to talk to, direct and uncritical in any way in her responses, again allowing me to feel a steady and enduring improvement in confidence and self-worth. I became, over the course of our time together, proud to be me. I would recommend Rosy a thousand times over - I still feel the benefit from my experience with her and know that it has made countless beneficial improvements in my day to day life." C, West Sussex

"Rosy helped me to deal with a crisis in my life in a very effective and supportive way. Within a relatively short period of time I was able to achieve insight and understanding into my own reactions that, a year later, I am still living on a daily basis. She is a very nurturing, clear-thinking listener who uses her intuition to ask relevant questions and to guide the subject to their own conclusions. I had seen a therapist many years ago but the process then felt too open-ended. Seeing Rosy was a real breakthrough for me and I remain deeply grateful for the work we did together." Jo, West Sussex.

"My counselling with Rosy was positively life-changing, and I now feel empowered and equipped to tackle future problems." Anna, Surrey.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Counselling Psychology
PGDip Counselling Psychology
BSc Psychology
NLP Diploma

I have fourteen years experience working with a wide range of presenting issues to include: Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual), Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Depression, Eating Disorders, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, OCD, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Stress, Trauma and Work Related Issues. Please see "Areas of counselling I deal with" below for a full list of issues in which I have experience.

I currently practice both privately and in the NHS. I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend courses in specialist subjects.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in working with survivors of child sexual abuse and working with shame.


Additional information

Individuals £60 per session.

Couples £70 per session.

Initial assessment sessions for both individuals and couples may be between 50-60 minutes. Sessions thereafter will be 50 minutes.


Weekdays, Saturday mornings and some evenings.

Further information

Appointments are available on weekdays and Saturday mornings. Some evenings are also available - please ask.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Rosy Wharton

Rosy Wharton