Sue Starnes reg. MBACP (Accred)

Sue Starnes reg. MBACP (Accred)

East Sussex

East Sussex

07766 437823

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About me

I have been working from my home near Blackboys (between Uckfield and Heathfield) since I qualified in 2008 and now also have appointments available in Brighton on Monday mornings and in Lewes on Wednesday afternoons. 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 (there are no silly questions), tell me a little of what's going on for you, and you can 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 free parking at my home and in Brighton where the premises are in Vale Avenue, within walking distance of bus stops. In Lewes the room I use is in  the Cliffe High Street within walking distance of trains, buses and free car parking (in Tesco car park).

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

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

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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

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 ( 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 refered 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.

Maps & Directions

Uckfield, TN22
Lewes, BN7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

In Lewes only


Daytime and evening appointments available

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am now available for supervision services in Brighton and Lewes as well as at my home in Blackboys (between Uckfield and Heathfield).

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