About me

CARING, COMPETENT, CONFIDENTIAL.  I am a qualified professional with years of experience with individuals, couples and children.  I recognise that it takes a lot of courage to talk to a stranger about personal and painful issues and so my aim during counselling is to provide a safe environment where you will be able to talk through your issues, to feel understood and to feel confident that our work towards growth and optimism will be conducted in complete confidence. 

As well as individual counselling, I work on relationship issues and offer counselling to couples and children.

I am an integrative therapist which enables me to employ a variety of techniques and counselling methodologies in order to tailor sessions to suit your needs.

I work with ADULTS and CHILDREN and deal with a variety of issues including...


  • Minor trauma, minor anxieties, intermittent depression. Nothing is too small or too insignificant to talk about if you have concerns. Your happiness and fulfillment in life is important, for yourself and those around you.
  • Addiction – Including alcohol, drugs  and eating disorders (Degree research project)
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Autism and Asperger's
  • Bereavement
  • Coping
  • Depression
  • Relationship troubles
  • Self esteem issues
  • Sexual problems and sexual abuse (Degree research project)
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Trauma
  • General issues


I believe in human ‘kind’.  I have faith that generally there is a basic ‘goodness’ within the people I meet.  If this goodness cannot be seen, my belief is that hard times and tragedy have led to its submergence under defenses built in order to survive.

There is capacity for change within us all should we desire change and likewise, there is capacity for great things within every individual should they desire great things.

If an issue is of concern to an individual, then it is not trivial.

The problems we face throughout our lives lie on a spectrum:  extreme feelings, death, tragedy, life-threatening disease on the one hand and smaller struggles that may appear to be trivial on the other.




Do you ever?

  • Struggle to experience a sense of fulfilment?
  • Feel sad?
  • Feel that maybe you have not quite become the person you feel you really are inside?
  • Feel that you should be able to achieve certain things but do not quite manage them?

ALL these things are MAJOR reasons for unhappiness.

These so called ‘minor’ difficulties are VERY important.

What makes lives fulfilling and happy is knowing that we have achieved all that we are able to.

What makes our lives fulfilled and happy is becoming the fabulous person that we were always meant to be!

If you fall short of your own expectation of yourself OR if you have no positive expectation of yourself then counselling may be a positive option for you and I hope that we shall meet.


I am based in Crowborough in East Sussex, but can also accommodate counselling sessions in Cranbrook.

My counselling rooms provide a comfortable, pleasant and quiet atmosphere within which to work.

I also offer online counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified in counselling to degree level and work as an integrative counsellor and life coach with both adults and children.

My experience gained with adults has been within a range of agencies, including local GP practices, rehabilitation charities, parenting charities and drug/alcohol services.

I have working with children for over 16 years, within children’s charities and within the school environment.  Much of my work involving children has involved drama therapy and play therapy.

I have good experience of a wide range of issues.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45, and £50 for couples

In cases of extremes hardship, alternative arrangements are possible .. please ask.

Further information

Apart from counselling and life coaching, I am experienced in meditation, guided visualizations and hypnotherapy.

Both my practice rooms in Crowborough and in Benenden have been worked on to provide an atmosphere that is pleasant and comfortable and are in tranquil settings which provide the best opportunity for undisturbed sessions.

Highgate Hill


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am an experienced degree qualified therapist and an experienced, trained supervisor with a busy practice.

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Dawn Bonner

Dawn Bonner