Sue Starnes reg. MBACP (Accred)

Sue Starnes reg. MBACP (Accred)

East Sussex

07766 437823

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About me

As a part of my training I had to be in therapy and so had to find myself a counsellor. I therefore understand how daunting it can be to take that first step towards finding the right person to talk to. This is why I offer a free initial session. We will meet in my counselling room, which adjoins my home in a peaceful rural setting with ample off-road parking, and have a chat. You can ask any questions you may have (there are no silly questions), maybe tell me a little of why you have come, 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
  • self esteem
  • bereavement
  • general counselling
  • relationship issues

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 initial session you can either make an appointment for a first counselling session or you can go away and think about it.

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

Please note: mobile reception is very poor where I live. If you send a text message or leave a voicemail I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualifications:

Registered 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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • My counselling room


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)

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

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime and evening appointments available

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I did my supervisor training with Cascade and gained their Diploma in the Art & Craft of Individual and Group Supervision.

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