About me

I am an experienced, professionally trained and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.  I am based in Eastbourne town centre where I offer a relaxed atmosphere to enable you to examine your thoughts and feelings without being judged and where I will help you to find your own way at your own pace.  I also work with clients by telephone or by video online using the Zoom platform.

I believe the relationship we build together is important to enable you to safely explore any painful or difficult subjects you are unable, or do not wish, to discuss with anybody else. My management background in the corporate business sector in London has given me valuable insight into the challenges and issues we all face at times in the modern world.

I have a great deal of experience working with people struggling with anxiety and depression and having worked as a volunteer counsellor for my local branch of Cruse Bereavement Care for over 10 years I have extensive experience working with bereavement, other losses and trauma.  I also trained as a supervisor and supervised Cruse volunteers for many years as well as being a registered trainer for six years.  I also volunteered as a counsellor for a local low cost counselling service for over three years.

My philosophy is that every human being is unique and born with an instinctive desire to grow in a positive direction given the right conditions.  As human beings we all have a basic need to feel part of a community which involves physical and emotional contact and connections with other people.  Because of the pandemic, it has been very difficult for everybody during the past year to fulfil their basic needs and this may have led to difficulties in maintaining healthy working and personal relationships.  At times like these it can be helpful to talk to a counsellor, somebody who is not part of your circle of friends or relatives.

I integrate into my person-centred approach my training in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt, among others, which may help with your process and help me to provide you with support which is as unique as you are.  In addition to traditional talking therapy and if you choose, we can work creatively, using objects, stones and sand tray. This often helps if you have difficulty expressing your thoughts or feelings in words.

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical guidelines. I obtained my Diploma in Counselling from the Wealden Psychology Institute in Crowborough which has an established tradition of developing highly skilled practitioners.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Transactional Analysis 101 (Institute of Transactional Analysis)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Registered Trainer
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor (Accredited by Ascentis)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course Certificate (Accredited by Ascentis)
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Groupwork
  • Counselling Skills Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Person Centred Therapy
  • ASIST and SafeTALK Suicide Awareness Training
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults Level 4

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.

BACP

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£20 first session (50 minutes)
£45 per session thereafter (50 minutes)
£60 per session couples (50 minutes)
Concessions available for trainee counsellors
I am able to offer sessions in Eastbourne Town Centre at West Terrace Clinic which is within easy walk of the train station, buses and car parks.  I also offer sessions on the telephone and by video using the Zoom platform.

I am willing to see you in your own home if it is more appropriate for you.

West Terrace Clinic
7 West Terrace
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4QX

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme
Deidre Waite

Deidre Waite