Charlotte Hastings PG Dip, MBACP (accredited) Individuals and couples

Charlotte Hastings  PG Dip, MBACP (accredited) Individuals and couples

East Sussex

The Rock Clinic
270 Eastern Road

07792 752632

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East Sussex

The Rock Clinic
270 Eastern Road

07792 752632

About me

Whatever brings us into therapy, it is often a hard choice to make.  However, by asking for help, our healing begins.  I offer compassion and gentle curiosity to help explore life’s complex terrain, in the quiet space of my garden studio.  Using a breadth of experience and learning, I work within either a short term, solution-focused framework or on an open-ended basis, depending on the needs of the individual, couple or group.

Taking the first step - an email is often the easiest way to begin, which I will normally follow up with a brief phone conversation about how I can help. From here, we can arrange an initial £10 assessment meeting for half an hour. This gradual process will help us establish whether I am the right counsellor for you at this time. Each therapeutic session and relationship is fundamentally unique, often challenging, but always valuable.

How I work and How Counselling Can Help:

The foundation of my approach is psychodynamic, understanding how our early experience of care informs the stories we hold about ourselves, our place and our action in the world.  The therapeutic relationship helps us gain perspective on our conscious and unconsciously held beliefs, releasing us from destructive patterns, and enabling us to choose change.

I furthered my training in Systemic Therapy, recognising how all family and social groups have dynamic lives of their own.  This model encourages a collaborative conversation, that moves beyond personal blame and fault. I particularly enjoy how this process rouses our natural problem-solving ability and cooperative spirit, within the safe, though challenging therapeutic relationship.

I use Narrative Therapy to open up space for new stories, roles and identities to emerge from our seemingly fixed histories.  Seeing people as separate from their problems, and as experts on their own lives, is a vital and empowering aspect of this process.

I also offer ‘kitchen therapy’, a practice that combines my personal and professional development, spanning anthropology, teaching, cooking and psychotherapy.  Food is the first place we experience love in the world, or perhaps, its lack. It holds an essential place in our bonding behaviour as expressed in our word company deriving from the Latin con-panis (with bread).  Our need for food and each other are intimately connected, so cooking has profound potential as a therapeutic medium.  As art, drama or music might, cooking connects at a sensory level to our human creativity, our understanding of self and our healing capacity. (please see for more details regarding this innovative therapeutic model.)

Mindfulness forms a key aspect of my practice, with breathing and visualisation exercises aiding the therapeutic process. I am a creative and versatile practitioner, drawing on a range of techniques from my broad experience, and enjoyment of working with people, across all areas of life.

Areas of specialism

  • Early years trauma, in particular attachment disorders
  • Addiction and obsessive behaviours
  • Only child experiences
  • Eating disorders
  • Health, diet and well-being issues
  • Developmental disorders – in particular, ADHD and Asperges Syndrome – their family origin and impact
  • Anger management
  • Life stage transitions, existential dilemmas or trauma
  • Bereavement and death anxiety
  • Phobias and panic attacks
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Questions of sexual, cultural, spiritual or personal identity

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 27 years teaching experience, 15 of which have been specialising in learning and behavioural difficulties, with both young people and their families. My time is currently divided between therapeutic teaching of cookery, 'talk therapy' and my own practice of 'kitchen therapy'.

Accredited Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Foundation in Systemic Family Therapy, St Georges' University Hospital

PG Dip Psycho-dynamic Therapeutic Counselling, Brighton University

Certificate in Teaching Children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Roehampton Institute

PGCE English and Drama, Bristol Polytechnic

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Sociology, Goldsmiths College London

Science Short Course - Understanding Human Nutrition - Open University

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Only child experiences
Asperges Syndrome


Individuals - £40

Couples     - £50

Kitchen Therapy sessions for individuals £40   couples £50   small family groups (up to 4) £60
                                        Sessions typically last between 1-2 hours    
Concessions are available, please contact directly to discuss

(for larger groups please see or contact to enquire)

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1
Brighton, BN2 5TA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have space during the week, Saturday mornings, with evening appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays. I mainly work from my westdene private practice. Occasional space at the Rock Clinic.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults