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Gemma Nethersole - Opal Counselling

Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6JG
07413 525 217 07413 525 217

About me

At Opal Counselling I offer a confidential space at Fiveways in Brighton to talk and think about aspects of your life that don’t feel right.

Whether you know what you want to share or would like the opportunity to explore a variety of thoughts and feelings in a safe environment, the choice is yours.

At times we all face challenges which can be distressing or leave us feeling less able to cope. Counselling provides a place to talk freely and to reflect on what is holding you back, bring about change and enable you to move forward in a different way.

We will work together to build a unique professional relationship within which you may wish to challenge beliefs that are no longer helpful to you and explore ways of being which are most authentic for you.

Areas of exploration might include depression, anxiety, identity struggles, bereavement, sexuality, life stage transitioning or a variety of other subjects.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about counselling, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Member (Registered) and have been counselling since 2010.

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP Accred)
  • Certificate in Assessing Clients for Counselling
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Certificate in Working with Young People
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • B.A. (hons) Classical Studies

I also have experience of the arts, animal welfare and journalism sectors.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Initial assessment  – £40 (redeemable against first session)

Weekly session – £40

I am able to offer reductions for student counsellors, please ask for details.

Further information

Location and transport

Counselling sessions take place at 360b Ditchling Road, next door to St Mathias church.

Ditchling Road is just off the A27 making travel easy from Hove, Portslade, Shoreham, Ditchling, Lewes and other surrounding towns.

Parking is on-street metered – or free just two streets away (parking zones can be seen here: https://parkingzonesmap.brighton-hove.gov.uk/)

Buses 26 and 46 stop outside.


Each session lasts for 50 minutes and begins on the hour.

360b Ditchling Road
East Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

There are two steps to the counselling rooms and a step to access the w.c. - if you wish to visit to assess accessibility in advance of arranging an assessment please do let me know.


I currently have evening availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Gemma Nethersole - Opal Counselling

Gemma Nethersole - Opal Counselling