Ethna Vernon

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Brighton, East Sussex, BN2
Available for new clients
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About me

I have 30 years experience working to help people improve their relationships and get more out of life. At this stage in my career I am able to offer a broad wealth of training and experience. I am skilled in a dealing with a wide range of issues including: general anxiety, depression, relationship problems and addictions to name a few. I love my work and feel privileged to work with people who bravely work towards healing. This joy helps me deliver an encouraging, compassionate and supportive style. However, I am also challenging when appropriate.

I aim to help my clients build on their strengths and will work to find new and more effective ways of manage problems, relationships and difficulties.

My practice is open to all who seek a confidential, reflective and nourishing space to explore who and where they are in the world. I love to work with people wishing to delve into their psyche and unconscious.

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

I offer a warm, friendly atmosphere.

What next...

If you would like to book a session please call me for an 15 minute informal chat. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and see if we feel comfortable 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.

I prefer to work in person but also work online.

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 please do get in touch. I have much experience and a special interest in working with musicians, artists, photographers actors and all creative people.

Attachment Therapy

I have a particular interest in attachment theory and the impact of insecure bonding. Exploring and working with the manner in which people connect underpins all of my work including couples and family sessions. I love to work with the family genogram, which constantly surprises me. It regularly highlights family patterns, unconscious basis and eventransgenerational trauma. I endeavour to repair the attachment through the client/therapist relationship and bring conscious awareness to behavioural and relationship styles.

Trauma and abuse

I have worked extensively and successfully with the effects experienced from trauma and abuse, including narcissistic parenting.  I work with all responses to trauma including: PTSD, dissociative response and de-realisation. I include a range of approaches in treating my clients. I am a registered Rewind and  EMDR therapist. I aim for the individual to develop strategies to help build and strengthen an inner sense of safety, find inner resources and heal from the traumatic or stressful life experiences.

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.

Integration Therapy and the Transpersonal

Holding space for transcendence has been an interest of mine for over 30 years. I have years of experience working with clients wanting to prepare, share and integrate their experience in expanded states. Depth work, the transpersonal, and integration of our unconscious processes have always underpinned my work.

I approach the therapeutic relationship from a foundation of mindfulness, compassion, curiosity and respect. I believes that each of us possess an internal source of wisdom that can be cultivated through psychotherapy, meditation practices, psychedelic medicines and other connecting practices which connect the brain, body and spirit. 

I am comfortable and familiar with sitting in, and co-creating, a safe environment and relationship which can contain and help make sense of experiences outside of the norm and every day existence. It brings me great joy to support this unfolding, and reconnection of repressed or hidden aspects of self,  by co-creating a space with clients to be as they really are, in all their beautiful complexity.


I am trained in the Hawkins and Shohet's 7 eyed model. I believe it offers a robust yet creative container to explore your client work together. It is playful, imaginative and attends to the practicalities of the therapeutic relationship as well as the unconscious processes afoot. It is expansive and active, offering ways for the therapist and supervisor to shift focus, potentially adjust the view of the therapist and offering fresh insights to the client and the therapeutic relationship. 

Along side this model I will also bring the many years of experience, trainings, personal therapy and my own experience of supervision to the process. 

I will be undertaking further supervision training in the next 12 months.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2021 7 Eye model supervion
  • 2019: Registered Rewind Trauma Therapist
  • 2019: EMDR Therapist
  • 2017: Diploma in Relational Mindfulness, Karuna Institute
  • 2012: Post graduate diploma in systemic family counselling, Tavistock
  • 2011; Post Grad Cert Systemic Counselling, Tavistock
  • 2010 Dip Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Crawley College
  • 2003; Cert Short Term Counselling, Crawley College
  • 2002; Cert Counselling, Crawley College
  • 1996; Post Grad Drama & Movement Therapy, Sesame Institute

I am a BACP accreditated member. I hold certificates for training in CBT, attachment, neuroscience, resilience, 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 more recent years I have worked extensively with professional working in mental health, including psychiatrists, therapists, psychologists and those in training. 

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

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£90.00 - £120.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

Individuals £90-£100 for 50 minutes (self-assessment dependent on what you feel you can afford)

Couples and family groups £100-£110 for 60 minutes

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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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

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, Integration therapy, Emdr Therapist

Brighton, East Sussex, BN2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


In person

I am trained in the Hawkins and Shohet's 7 eyed model.

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