Babs Troke, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP

Babs Troke, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP

Eastbourne Town Centre
BN21 1BD

07817 187331

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About me


I can help you to live your life in a more fulfilling way and to make the changes you want for yourself. I offer a free introductory session where we can discuss the way forward.

Anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction are issues that I am particularly experienced in working with. In today's fast-paced world it is all too common for individuals to feel anxious, confused or depressed. Sometimes these feelings can lead to further unhealthy behaviours such as addictions or compulsive behaviours.  

I am very experienced in helping clients with issues of trauma, abuse and neglect, particularly in childhood. I have a comprehensive understanding of the effect of abuse on an individual, family and society. My sensitive and empathic approach creates a safe environment where clients can feel able to explore their deepest hurts.

I hold 20 years of experience in working with clients with drug and alcohol issues and I have knowledge of various treatment models including harm minimisation and the 12-step philosophy. As a self-employed counsellor, I work for Sussex Breakeven, a franchise of GamCare, providing counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling and have an understanding of the prevalence and treatment of gamblers.

I have experience counselling individuals who have experienced trauma through their line of work, for example, emergency services personnel and medical staff. I offer a safe space in which to explore ways to manage traumatic memories or incidents and to be forward moving. I have counselled many people struggling with work-related stress and difficulties managing a work-life balance.

I am a lecturer in Counselling at East Sussex (formerly Sussex Downs) College; teaching courses from Level 1 to BSc (Hons). I also teach Substance Misuse Awareness, Confidence Building and other personal and professional development courses.

Please feel free to email me and arrange an initial session free of charge and without obligation. We can use this time to meet each other, discuss my way of working and identify areas you might like to explore in therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Community Psychology (studying)
  • BSc (Hons) Open, First-Class Honours
  • Diploma in Counselling (University of Brighton, 2006)
  • Relapse Prevention Training
  • Mankind UK Sexual Abuse Training
  • Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (Cruse, 2004)
  • Certificate in Education (University of Brighton, 2014)

I have attended dozens of short courses and workshops over the past decade including: Safeguarding, Couples Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Empowerment, Risk Assessment, Trauma Work

Recent research interests:

In a counselling service for problem gamblers, how can therapeutic interventions be delivered to meet the specific needs of frequent returners? (Dissertation)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relapse Prevention (Addictions)


Individual counselling (1 hour) £40
Group Therapy, weekly (1.5 hours) from £20
Concessions negotiable - please call or email for details

Maps & Directions

Eastbourne, BN21 1BD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

I can offer home visits to housebound or mobility impaired clients. Please contact me for more information.


My current availability is: Monday 5pm-8pm; Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-4pm. Limited availability at other times to accommodate emergencies or shift workers

Types of client

Young people
Older adults