Anna Leythorne Dean

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Registered Member MBACP (Accred) couples and individuals
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Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17
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About me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2011. I am an experienced BACP registered and accredited counsellor MBACP (Accred) and fully qualified to work with individuals and couples.

People come to therapy with me for lots of different reasons and have found it very helpful in resolving a broad range of personal issues. I work with people who are feeling anxious, stressed, unhappy or are struggling to find their purpose in life. Maybe you feel life is not in your control or you have a difficult time liking yourself? Perhaps something happened long ago that feels unresolved and seems to keep you feeling stuck. You might have had a recent upsetting experience, such as a separation or bereavement, work stress, a health scare or you are having relationship problems and need someone impartial to talk to.  

How I work

When you work with me my aim is for you to feel safe and at ease, so you can share your intimate thoughts and problems without judgement. I see a key part of determining the success of therapy is by building a good therapeutic relationship. I offer you a warm and authentic space to support you through the challenges you face in a non-judgement way.

I will help you gain insight into your thoughts and feelings and together we will look at new ways of approaching the difficulties or patterns that are preventing you from living in a more fulfilling way. As your therapist I believe the more you are fully aware of yourself, you are able to make choices about aspects of your life that feels truly right for you.

Together we can look at the themes and the difficulties in your life that maybe influencing the way you relate to yourself or your partner and other important people in your life.  

What areas do I specialise in?

I offer long-term and short-term counselling.

I work with people who are feeling stuck in life and who not sure how to move forwards. I work with people who are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of grief and loss, as well as losing their sense of purpose in life.  

I also specialise in working with people managing issues that are specific to parenting, loss,  infertility, fertility treatment, miscarriage and with people who unable to have children due to a range of circumstances.  

A significant focus of my practice is also working with relationship problems (romantic partners/family/work/friendships).  I work with individuals and couples who want to resolve issues around affairs, desire discrepancy, communication problems, differences that cannot be resolved easily and who would like more intimacy and connection from their relationship. 

I have many years’ experience working with a wide range of issues so do make contact even if you don't see your particular struggles here.  

Where do we start?

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. 

Professional memberships

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).


I work from my home therapy clinic, based in Cuckfield.

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). 

The Institute of Sexology (CICS), Level 7 accredited professional certificate in psychosexual therapy. 

Level 5 Post-Qualifying Certificate in Relational Counselling from Relate, accredited by CPCAB. 

Foundation in working with clients with infertility, awarded by the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). 

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

An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia based on a psychodynamic frame of reference. 

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

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 training in autism, disability and the equality act 2010.

Counselling experience

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

  • Relationship counsellor, couples and individuals, Relate Sussex.
  • College counsellor, Sussex. 
  • Honorary counsellor, NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Volunteer bereavement counsellor, BARTS Health NHS Trust.
  • School counsellor, London and Sussex.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£40.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Sessions for individuals and the initial consultation are £60 (50 minutes)

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

Sessions for individuals as part of couples work  £60 (50 minutes)

Low cost psychotherapy space

Tuesdays at 2pm £40 (50 minutes), please contact me for further details.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer appointments - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (9.15am - 3pm) and Thursday (9.15am - 3pm). 

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

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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.


Anna Leythorne Dean
Anna Leythorne Dean