About me

Sometimes it's hard to know where to start.

Maybe you have experienced trauma, abuse or loss.  Perhaps coping with an addiction or struggling with a relationship issue or questions around gender and sexuality. There could be life stresses, anxieties or worries. Past family issues or current life situations that you just can't figure out for yourself.

You may have lost your way a bit, lost your purpose or lost what used to drive you.

Sometimes we struggle to know what it is but we do know it doesn't feel right.  These feelings can consume and overwhelm us and stop us from moving forward.

I follow a humanistic approach to counselling, which allows you as the client to be heard and to grow.  Practising in this person-centred way enables you to find out about yourself, in the right environment, with respect and regard throughout.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I graduated with a Diploma of Higher Education in Humanistic Counselling and obtained a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

I continue to undertake Continued Professional Development (CPD) to ensure my knowledge and skills are always up-to-date.

Having worked for a local hospice, roles within the NHS and higher education, I have experience of what troubles people can endure and the history or current problems that can stop them from moving forward.

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.


Additional information

Sessions are £45 and last for 50 minutes.

Concessions may be available - please ask if you feel these apply.


I have availability on weekdays and evenings.

Further information

Sessions are held in a comfortable, private counselling room in Southbourne, West Sussex.

Free on street car parking available at all times with bus route and train links nearby.

I am fully registered, insured and operate within GDPR guidelines (registered with ICO).

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Dawn Whiteley

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