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About me

I have almost 20 years experience as a counsellor and I have a particular interest in anxiety counselling and in working with relationship difficulties.  I am passionate about the effectiveness of counselling, having had a really positive experience personally and also seen its effects professionally over the years I have been a counsellor.

I set up Haywards Heath Counselling Centre with a colleague 15 years ago, as there was very little counselling available in Haywards Heath at the time.  We are now a well respected practice and have a team of very experienced counsellors, all of whom are members of the BACP or UKCP.  People are welcome here from any background.

I would describe myself as down-to-earth and warm and I work with people at their own pace.  I have experience of working with a wide variety of issues, most of which are listed below.  My interest in working with relationship difficulties covers the whole spectrum of relationships.  In terms of intimate/partner relationships, I don’t offer couples counselling but I see people one-to-one to help them work through these difficulties.  We do offer couples counselling at the Centre if you would like to come with your partner.

I am committed to my own personal and professional development and regularly attend courses and workshops to further deepen my knowledge of counselling. I have also had several articles published by the Counselling Directory.

You can contact me by email or phone on either of the above numbers. When emailing, please include a number that I could call you back on. The Centre is situated right in the heart of Haywards Heath and there is easy parking nearby.  We are within easy reach of nearby towns and villages such as Burgess Hill, Linfield, Cuckfield, Hassocks, Chailey, Uckfield and others. The train station is approximately 15 minutes walk away and there is a good local bus service.

If you are uncertain of what happens at your first counselling session, I have recorded a short explanation which you can listen to by following this link. https://soundcloud.com/h-heath-counselling-cntre/introduction-to-counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling Skills  1998

Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills  1999

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling  2001

Further courses post-qualifying

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Attachment and Trauma: the Resilience of Mind and Body

Anxiety Disorders

Working with the effects of Shame

Neuroscience and its implications in therapy

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Narcissistic Personality Disorders

Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Working with Adolescents

Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Sexual Health Training

I also have in-depth experience of my own personal therapy which strongly informs my work.

Member organisations


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).

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Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information


Some concessionary places are also available.


I am very sorry but I am currently full

Haywards Heath Counselling Centre
7 Hazelgrove Rd
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3PH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Ali Cardosi MBACP, Manager of Haywards Heath Counselling Centre

Ali Cardosi MBACP, Manager of Haywards Heath Counselling Centre