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Charlene Taylor - Emergency services & addiction specialist

West Sussex, BN17
07738 673726 07738 673726

About me

Are you, your partner or loved one struggling with a dependency, whether that's alcohol, drugs, or an online addiction? Are you feeling anxious, experiencing shame and low self esteem? I can help support you. Contact me in confidence today for a free consultation.

I am an experienced therapist currently supporting Firefighters, rescues workers and prison officers and their families. I am also an addiction specialist (15 years post qualified) using a range of interventions (MI, 12 Step, Attachment theory, Trauma-informed) to provide a confidential, effective service to young people, adults and couples struggling with an issue that they require professional support with.

I am highly qualified and am comfortable in working with a diverse clientele having worked and trained others in many different settings. I am straight talking, caring, warm and empathic and believe in empowering and guiding clients to reach into existing strengths and resources to enable a more fulfilling life.


My experience has taken me from street based drop-in type clinics within London promoting harm reduction,  to a role in the NHS as an addictions counsellor. I have worked within private rehabs including The Priory, Woking and The Nightingale Hospital, Marylebone, where patients present with mood disorders alongside dependency issues. I have also worked as a lead primary therapist in several male prisons in London (working with dual diagnosis offenders) and Sussex within the inpatient faculty, I have been responsible for setting up and co-facilitating anger management groups and setting  up a hearing voices groups in conjunction with Mind.

I ran a private Practice in London for 10 years, and am now based in West Sussex, where I mainly work online.  I currently work as psychological therapist with the Fire and Rescue services, providing trauma focused interventions alongside my private practice.

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling) and FDAP (Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners) and The Society for the Study of Addictions. I am currently in the process of completing my UKCP registration as a psychotherapeutic counsellor

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Online and telephone counselling training - OCST - July-Nov 2020 (87 hours CPD ) ACTO approved training provider
  • EMDR practitioner training level 1-3- EMDR Centre, London 2019-20
  • Hypnotherapy Level 1 & 2 - The National college of Hypnotherapy  and Psychotherapy
  • Group facilitation/leadership training - The Gestalt Centre, London 2012/13
  • Diploma in integrative psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy - Revison centre for counselling & Psychotherapy 2008
  • Solution-Focussed therapy 2010 NHS training, Manor Park GP Practice, Clapham
  • Various courses on topics including Addictions, forensic aspects of alcohol use, Motivational Interviewing, Itep, anger management - 2006-2011
  • Certificate in helpline counselling - Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Croydon

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).

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

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology


I offer a free 30 minute consultations via Skype /telephone or in person  for you to discuss your issue and ask any questions you may have

£50 individual sessions

£40 NHS / Emergency workers

£60 - 1 hour couples/partner therapy session

£30 - I am currently offering low cost sessions for under 25s presenting with an addiction issue

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

Skype/FaceTime sessions is also available. Please enquire.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


daytimes and evenings in Littlehampton

Skype sessions - flexible. Please enquire

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Charlene Taylor - Emergency services & addiction specialist

Charlene Taylor - Emergency services & addiction specialist