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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


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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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relapse Prevention (Addictions)

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

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Individual counselling (1 hour) £40


I am now offering in-person sessions on Fridays days/evenings. I am taking necessary reasonable precautions to mitigate the risk of either myself or my clients contracting COVID-19.

Eastbourne Town Centre
25 Hyde Gardens
BN21 4PX

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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.

I am currently unable to offer home visits due to Government legislation restricting visitors in the home.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Babs Troke, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP

Babs Troke, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP