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Jackie McDonnell, Cpsychol, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Hove, West Sussex, BN3
07951 977045 07951 977045 Registered / Accredited
Hove, West Sussex, BN3

About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience in helping and empowering both individuals and couples to resolve problems, difficulties and issues that are impacting on their lives. I offer a confidential, safe and professional service and am based in Hove, Sussex. I am accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC), which means that I abide by their code of conduct and ethical guidelines. I have over 17 years experience in the field of applied psychology. Throughout my employment to date, I have worked within the private sector, NHS and also for several years as a counsellor for one of the major EAP health providers, namely Bupa Psychological Services.

My work focuses on providing psychological therapy with the aim of exploring underlying issues to help empower individuals or couples to work towards positive change. I am experienced in working on a broad area of issues including stress and anger management; anxiety and depression; relationship issues; domestic violence; childhood sexual abuse; trauma; addictions; phobias; postnatal depression; low self-esteem; low self-confidence; sexual issues; bullying; work related issues; sexuality issues; self harm; personality disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); eating issues and lifestyle issues such as personal development/growth.

I use an integrative approach drawing on such therapeutic models as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic; Person-centred; Transpersonal, Existential, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt.

I understand that as you may be entering unknown territory your first session with me will be one of you having the time and space to explain about your reasons for seeking assistance so that I can assess your issues and gain a more in-depth understanding of how I may be able to help you. Many individuals feel anxious with this first step and it will be my aim to make sure that this initial session is as comfortable as possible so that you can experience what it might be like to work with me. It is hoped that by the end of the first session you will feel supported and understood and will have gained a sense of whether you would like to continue working with me or alternatively to go away and have a think about it.

As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, my aim is to assist individuals/couples to make decisions for themselves, to improve their sense of personal wellbeing and to alleviate distress. My work is concerned with the application of psychological theories and techniques to help people deal with everyday problems associated with life events.

I offer both short-term (6-12 sessions) or more open-ended therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience


Chartered Counselling Psychologist (Cpsychol)
Masters of Science (MSc)
(University of Surrey)

Postgraduate Diploma in
Counselling Psychology
(University of Surrey)

BSc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling
(University of Surrey)

Specialised training in Drug & Alcohol Abuse
and Bereavement

Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Chartered Psycholgist Division of Counselling Psychology

Registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) - Counselling Psychologist

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


£80.00 per 50 minute session for individuals in Hove BN3
£90.00 per 50 minutes session for couples in Hove BN3

£70.00 per 50 minute telephone sessions

Trainee psychologists/therapists - sliding scale

Concessions also availabile for low income earners

Further information

Appointments are face to face or by telephone either weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at the client's convenience.

Ethics: I am a Chartered Counselling Psycholgist which means that I abide by the Professional Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Therefore you have every right to expect that I will conduct myself professionally, responsibly and according to the ethical laws, regulations and code of conduct of the BPS, of which I am a full professional member.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Available for daytime or evening appointments

Types of client

Jackie McDonnell, Cpsychol, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Jackie McDonnell, Cpsychol, MSc, BSc (Hons)