About me

Hello, thank you for getting this far looking for a counsellor. If you contact me, either by phone or email, we can arrange an initial appointment to discuss what you are expecting from counselling. Following that, if we decide we can work together, we can arrange a weekly time to meet.

I named my practice Coastal Counselling Bexhill because I love the sea, the shore and natural world. The movement of the water, the solidity of the rocks, the sounds of the waves and the wind remind me of the changing nature of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and our need for a safe secure base to be able to be ourselves.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor. I currently work for a local Charity Counselling Plus as an Assessor and counsellor for Survivors of Suicide . I also work within the bereavement sevice at a local Hospice . My private practice is in Bexhill-on- Sea, East Sussex. My therapy room is a ten-minute walk away from the coast. I am committed to offering counselling in a welcoming, confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment. My aim is to provide a safe space where you can be you and talk about what concerns you. I am empathic and people have said I am a good listener. I believe a good therapeutic relationship between you and me is essential to support the change you want to make in your life. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and there will be no obligation involved at first point of contact.

Training, qualifications & experience

NCFE Level 1, 2 and 3 counselling skills and theory
Diploma in Counselling Level 6
UKATA Diploma in Transactional  Analysis Practice

CPD training courses attended include:
Transactional analysis, Mental Health training, EMDR workshop
Equality diversity and inclusion, Bereavement, Therapeutic power of the image
Dreams and loss, Leading groups, Suicide awareness,
Working therapeutically outdoors, Working with clients affected by suicide
Personality disorders, Pre-trial therapy, Couples training, CBT ,
Post traumatic stress disorder, Asist Training, Mindfulness, Anxiety training, vicarious trauma, Traumatic loss, Healing the fragmented selves of trauma-(overcoming self alienation) , role of power and control in sexual violence. The Psychophysiology of PTSD and Trauma. Advanced CBT.

I am Member of the National Counselling Society and on their Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards.

I am a member of BACP.

I am a RTE Diploma member of UKATA.

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Association for Transactional Analysis

UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly interested in working with bereavement, loss and changes in life.

I also work with low self esteem and anxiety.


Additional information

An introductory meeting will cost £30 which will last up to 50 minutes.

The cost of each 50 minute session thereafter is £40.

I review costs at the beginning of each tax year.


I offer early morning sessions Monday to Friday Also weekly evening sessions to suit you. Please contact me to talk about at time that would be good for you.

Further information

Generally, counselling works best in weekly sessions and enables us to build a theraputic relationship. Our first session would be an introductory time to build trust within a therapeutic relationship, with you explaining what brings you to counselling and your expectations of the process. I would answer any questions you may have. Each ensuing session may start with a review of your week and what you had found helpful from the previous meeting. Alternatively, you may wish to just talk about any new issue which had arisen since the previous session. At times if it’s appropriate, we can use natural objects from the beach to help you express yourself in a creative way.

Comments from previous clients:

"She is a very special person who listened to my every word. Who did not judge me in what I was thinking. Who at my lowest time talked to me - she seemed to really care."

"I no longer feel any guilt that I could have done more"......

" I feel more at peace within myself"......"Self-care has moved to the front of my thinking."

" Gaye was a lovely person, she helped me through some really bad times ".....

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

There are three steps up to the counselling room.

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Gaye Hellyer

Gaye Hellyer