About me

Maybe you're reading this feeling worried, sad or depressed about something or somebody. Maybe you're anxious or afraid. Maybe you have a problem in a relationship with your partner, a friend or a member of your family. Maybe you're trying to come to terms with something very important about yourself or with a big change in your life. Or maybe you are worried about aspects of your behaviour, perhaps related to alcohol, drugs, sex, self-harm. These are some of the reasons people come to see me, either on their own or together with a partner or other family members or friends. Whatever your issue, counselling really is worth a try.

I'm not a silent, 'inscrutable' kind of counsellor. I'm ready to give opinions and advice if you ask for them and to answer questions about myself and my own life experience. We can work together on solutions and strategies. But, on the technical side, I am fully qualified and accredited to work with individuals, couples and family groups. I have a very wide experience over many years and I have particular experience in work with relationships, family issues, sexual identity, loss and bereavement, spirituality and with issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. I work from home in Ovingdean, a couple of miles east of Brighton City Centre.

Counselling is above all else an experience of being held, understood and listened to that is rare to find anywhere else and it is often this that makes the difference. It is about relationship. You need to feel safe and okay with me before we start on any sort of therapeutic journey together. I've been in therapy myself. I know what it feels like. I know it can be scary and daunting to get started.  I have some ideas by now of what works and what doesn't, what's helpful and what isn't.  Do come and find out.

There's easy parking nearby. Coming by bus involves a 15 minute walk from the A259 coast road or from Falmer Road (frequent buses) or else a bit of planning to use the hourly number 52 Big Lemon bus that actually comes into the village.  There is secure cycle parking.


Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in family and systemic psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic)
Relate Certificate in marital and couples counselling
Diploma in Supervision

Senior Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and accredited by United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT).

I have a very wide experience over many years and I have particular experience in work with relationships, family issues, sexual identity, loss and bereavement, spirituality and with issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. I have worked as a counsellor for Relate, Brighton LGBT Switchboard, Terrence Higgins Trust, CAMHS, St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney and in private practice. I also have extensive prior experience as a family social worker and social work manager.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

LGBT issues.  I strive to offer a gay-affirmative service and have extensive experience of working with people who identify as lesbian, gay or LGBTQ+ on a range of issues, including issues of sexual identity.

Spirituality and faith. I have experience in this area and am very happy to work with issues related to religious faith or wider, more 'existential' issues related to life's meaning and purpose.


Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£50 individuals
£70 couples and families
Sessions last 60 minutes

However, if you are really hard up and really need some help, please contact me and discuss. When there's a real need, I'm sometimes prepared to work on the basis of a voluntary donation or even for free.


Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1.00pm to 7pm

Further information

I am also UKCP registered and am a member of AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice)


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have been practising as a supervisor of counsellors and counsellors in training for about 8 years and have a diploma in individual and group supervision.

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Barry Sugg

Barry Sugg