Ethna Vernon - Counsellor (BACP ACCREDITED)

Ethna Vernon - Counsellor (BACP ACCREDITED)

East Sussex


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About me

I now have over 25 years experience working to help people improve their relationships and get more out of life. I am constantly studying and training in proven effective treatments and aim to be as to date and current in the methods I can employ to achieve patients well being. I am encouraging, compassionate and supportive in my approach.

I aim to help you to build on your strengths and find new and more effective ways to manage problems or difficulties.

I am experienced in a wide range of issues including: general anxiety, depression, relationship problems and addictions to name a few. My practice is open to all who seek a confidential, reflective and nourishing space to explore their ways of living and any distressing issues that they are struggling within their lives.

As well as working with adults I offer couple counselling, parenting support and advice, family work and work with children.

I offer a warm, friendly atmosphere.

What next...

If you would like to book a session please call me for an initial informal chat. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and see if you feel comfortable with us working together.

This session is free for individuals (for couples or family counselling please contact me)


Confidential, safe, welcoming consultation room in Kemp Town, Brighton.

Easy free parking. Bus routes 1,7,12,14, 23 within easy walking distance.

For more information about my practice, please visit my website: I look forward to hearing from you.

Creative Therapy

If you are a creative person and would appreciate a counsellor who reflects this quality do get in touch. I have experience and a special interest in working with musicians, artists, photographers and actors.

I can also add creative elements into therapy and offer a creative non-verbal approach using sand tray, art and even drama therapy if you feel stuck or blocked verbally, many people find this helpful.

Trauma and abuse

I have worked extensively and successfully with the effects experienced from trauma and abuse, including narcissistic parenting. These include PTSD, Disassociative responses and de-realisation. I work with all responses to trauma and include a range of approaches in treating my clients. I am a registered Rewind therapist and completed part 1 EMDR training, currently working towards being fully qualified. I aim for the individual to develop strategies to build and strengthen their inner sense of safety, their inner resources and help heal from the traumatic or stressful life experiences. I am to limit any further traumatisation during therapy.

Stress, anxiety and mindfulness

I am an experienced mindfulness practitioner having completed a post-graduate diploma with the Karuna institute and an MBCL course. Mindfulness is effective in relieving pain, providing relaxation, reducing anxiety and stress, lifting depression, and reducing blood pressure. I am able to provided guided meditations and help support living in a more mindful and self-compassionate way.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2019: Registered Rewind Trauma Therapist
  • 2019: Part 1 EMDR Diploma
  • 2017: Diploma in Relational Mindfulness, Karuna Institute
  • 2012: Post graduate diploma in systemic family counselling, Tavistock
  • 2011; Post Grad Cert Systemic Counselling, Tavistock
  • 2010; Post Grad Drama & Movement Therapy, Sesame Institute
  • 1996; Dip Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Crawley College
  • 2003; Cert Short Term Counselling, Crawley College
  • 2002; Cert Counselling, Crawley College

I am a BACP accreditated member. I hold certificates for day and weekend training in CBT, attachment, neuroscience, resilience and child protection.

I am fully insured.

I have worked in a wide range of setting with people from all walks of life. I have spent years working in drug and alcohol rehabilitations and prison. I have worked in adult day centres with people with mental health issues, people with physical and cognitive disabilities and the elderly.

In the last 10 years, I have worked extensively in education covering: primary, secondary schools and universities. As well as running a private practice I have been employed by Dialogue and Dolphin House as a school and family counsellor. I have worked with hundreds of parents to help them be as effective in their role as possible.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am trained in drama and movement therapy with integrative arts. More recently I received a diploma in Relational Mindfulness from the Karuna Institute.


Individuals £65-£80 for 50 minutes (self-assessment dependent on what you feel you can afford)

Couples and family groups £75-£90 for 60 minutes

Home visits £100 50 mins

Children £45 for 30mins

Sessions are weekly, after a period of time this may go down to fortnightly. All cancellations will be charged for unless exceptional circumstances arise, in which case I will offer two options for rearranging before the full fee is payable. No fee is payable for pre-arranged holidays.

Further information

Here are some additional areas I have worked with:

Creative blocks, ADHD, Abuse, Addiction(s), Adoption issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger  Syndrome, Eating Disorders, Bereavement, Depression, General counselling, Health related problems, Identity Problems, Loss, OCD, Narcassitic Parental Abuse, Personal Development, PTSD, Phobias, Relationships, Spirituality, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Trauma, Bullying, including in the work place, Parenting Issues, Childhood Abuse.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Please ring to discuss as availability changes regularly. Please note I do not work evenings, Fridays or weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults