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Registered Member MBACP (Accred) couples and individuals

About me

Hello, my name is Anna. I qualified as a counsellor in 2011. I am a experienced BACP registered and accredited counsellor MBACP (Accred) who is qualified to work with individuals and couples.

At certain points in our lives we may face challenges or feel stuck. Sometimes we know exactly what is wrong, but other times all we know is that something just doesn’t feel right.

As an experienced and qualified counsellor, I can help you gain insight and a new perspective. With support you can uncover the difficulties or patterns that are holding you back. By gaining a better understanding of yourself you can have more clarity to make better choices, focus on your goals and prioritise your wellbeing.

I work with people on a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, life transitions, parenting, identity, grief and loss. A significant focus of my practice is also working with couples and people managing issues that are specific to infertility, miscarriage and childlessness-not-by-choice or circumstance.

I offer all perspective clients a free 20-minute consultation call – a time for me to get to know your reasons for therapy and for you to ask me practical questions. We then schedule a consultation – where I can get to know more about you and you can experience what it will be like working with me. This is an important step as you need to feel comfortable, understood and feel safe to be yourself.

While I integrate a variety of modalities into my work, I tend to focus on the here-and-now. I will be interested in your family background, as this helps us to look and understand patterns from the past that may be keeping you stuck. However, I pay more attention to how you experience your life now and support you to bring your feelings, thoughts and behaviours more into your awareness. With awareness you can develop different perspectives and make positive changes in your life. I believe this to be a more effective, meaningful, positive and practical approach to therapy.

I am an;

- Accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and    Psychotherapy (BACP) – MBACP (Accred).
- Member of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).
- Member of The Gestalt Centre.
- Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and I am       currently registered with BICA as working towards BICA accreditation.

I qualified as a counsellor in 2011. 


I work from my home therapy clinic, based in Cuckfield, Sussex. The therapy services I offer are individual counselling and couples counselling for people who live in the Mid-Sussex, East Sussex and West Sussex areas, such as Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Brighton, Hove, East Grinstead and Lewes. I also offer remote sessions, regardless of your geographical location.

For more information on how I work specifically with individuals and couples please see my website. 

My counselling approach

I mainly draw on Gestalt (which is a highly positive and integrative humanistic form of therapy), Systemic and attachment theories in my work, as well as interests in other modalities such as psychodynamic and existential theories. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical Training

Intermediate Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Therapy (couples, individuals and families) with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. This qualifying practitioner course is validated by the University of Essex and accredited by the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT). 

Level 5 Post-Qualifying Certificate in Relational Counselling from Relate, accredited by CPCAB, this 12-month professional practitioner qualification in relational counselling covers all the key aspects of couple counselling. 

Foundation in working with clients with infertility, awarded by the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). I am working towards BICA accreditation. I work with couples and individuals who are having or have had fertility treatment.

Diploma in Counselling, from a BACP accredited counselling program (The Gestalt Centre, London). 

Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills (The Gestalt Centre, London). 

Foundation in Art Psychotherapy (Roehampton University) and Foundation in Art Psychotherapy, British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT).  These foundations were not qualifying courses - included experiential workshops and lectures on art therapy from a Jungian perspective.

As part of the BACP ethical framework, professional CPD is an ongoing commitment. CPD is not listed above. I also have monthly supervision with a clinical supervisor.

I have extensive training in autism, mainly from the National Autistic Society.

Counselling experience

As well as running a successful private practice I have 10 years’ experience working in clinical settings and organisations to draw upon as a counsellor, these include: 

  • Counsellor, provided talking therapy with clients with emotional or psychological difficulties, such as stress, anxiety and depression, Health in Mind, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Bereavement counsellor, BARTS Health NHS Trust.
  • Relationship counsellor - provided relationship counselling to couples and individuals, Relate Sussex.
  • College counsellor. I managed a busy college campus counselling service and provided counselling for staff and students - Sussex. 
  • School counsellor across London and Sussex.

Other relevant experience

Mental health mentor and specialist autism mentor in London and Sussex uUniversities.

Disability advisor, University of the Arts and UEL, London.

Clinical setting healthcare roles in NHS

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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From £55.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions for individuals and the initial consultation are £55 (50 minutes)

Sessions for couples and the initial consultation are £80 (60 minutes)

Sessions for individuals as part of couples work  £60 (60 minutes)

I have a few concession appointments available for counselling students or those who are struggling financially and this includes couples. Please let me know if you would like to discuss this possibility.

I aim to respond to emails and messages as soon as possible. 

Further information


Cuckfield has one hour free parking on the High Street, free parking in nearby residential streets and a free parking at Broad St, Cuckfield village car park (all within a minute or 2 away). At Broad St car park you will need a Mid Sussex parking disc for short stays, or you can park in the long stay without a disc. Cuckfield can also be accessed using buses.


Payments can be made by BACS. I ask that the funds are cleared in the account before each session. 


Please let me know if you require any reasonable adjustments to attend counselling. The counselling room is on the ground floor with a small step. There is no access to a waiting room so you will need to arrive on time. There are also no toilets available - there are free public toilets in Broad Street village car park and plenty of cafes 1 minute walk away.

Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Please let me know if you require any reasonable adjustments to attend counselling. My home therapy clinic is on the ground floor with a small step. There is no access to toilets on site but there are public toilets available 1 minute away.

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