About me

I have been working from my home in a peaceful rural setting near Blackboys since I qualified in 2008.  I gained my accreditation with BACP in 2012.

I offer a free introductory half hour session. This is an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have, maybe tell me a little of what's going on for you, and begin to get a sense of who I am, how I work, and whether you feel comfortable with me.

I have experience of working with many different issues including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • sexual abuse including childhood sexual abuse
  • trauma
  • self esteem
  • bereavement
  • general counselling
  • relationship issues

At your introductory session we can also talk about frequency and cost of sessions. I usually suggest that we meet weekly, at least at the beginning - we would talk about how the work is going at regular intervals throughout our time together, and you can decide to finish whenever you feel ready.

At the end of the introductory session you can either make an appointment for a first counselling session or you can go away and think about it.

There is plenty of free parking at my home.

You can find more information about me and the way I work on my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualifications:

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling
Advanced Award in Intermediate Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision

Continuing professional development - some of the workshops I have attended since qualifying:

  • Self-harm and its meanings
  • Working with survivors of sexual violence
  • Working with trauma
  • Sandtray work
  • Garry Prouty's Pre-therapy
  • Dreams workshop
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Ethical dilemmas in supervision
  • LGBT workshop
  • MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)
  • Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Transgender awareness training day
  • Working with Trauma: The Role of the Supervisor

Relevant work experience:
2007 - 2011: Bereavement counsellor, St Peter & St James Hospice, Chailey
2007 - 2008: School counsellor, Eastbourne
2008 - present: Private practice
2010 - 2017: Counselling Coordinator, Sussex Community Counselling, Newhaven
2011 - 2012: Counsellor at Chapel Street Surgery, Newhaven

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.


£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial session:
No charge (30 minutes)

Subsequent sessions:
Individual counselling: £50 per session (50 minutes)
£50 per hour
£65 per hour and a half (to provide BACP minimum monthly requirements)

Group rates for supervision on request

I offer reduced fees, both counselling and supervision, for counsellors in training - contact me to find out more


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Daytime and evening appointments available

Further information

Until December 2017 I worked as Counselling Coordinator for Sussex Community Counselling which offered low-cost short-term counselling to people in the Newhaven, Lewes and Hailsham areas (www.sussexcommunity.org.uk). As part of this role I supervised the counsellors working in the specialised areas of the service which offer counselling and support to people who have been sexually abused, and to people affected by suicide. I also provided face to face assessment sessions for everyone referred into the service.

In my previous life (before training as a counsellor/psychotherapist) I worked as a zoo keeper, a medical receptionist and a full-time housewife.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I aim to build, with my supervisees, a supervisory relationship that is both consultative and collaborative.

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Sue Starnes

Sue Starnes