Dr Jake Ellwood

Dr Jake Ellwood

Tree Of Life Centre
143-5 Portland Road
East Sussex

01273 220159 / 07790 936845

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About me

I am a counselling psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am currently available on Saturdays and Mondays (daytime and evenings) and offer short and long-term therapy for help with various difficulties.

A common misconception about talking therapy is that it is only for the ‘unwell’ or those with severe mental health issues; I firmly believe, however, that therapy can offer significant benefits for all of us – as a way of increasing well-being, overcoming challenges, and helping us to understand ourselves better.

My role as therapist is to provide the space in which personal growth can occur, by helping you to work through difficulties and achieve greater insight and self-acceptance.

Some of the issues I work with include:

  • Adolescent therapy (13 years and above)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Insomnia/disturbed sleep
  • Loneliness
  • Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Problems at work or school
  • Relationship issues
  • Search for meaning
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse and dependency
  • Trauma

I am trained to work in a number of approaches, and I find that the best results tend to come from integrating these approaches to tailor the work to suit your individual needs. The person-centred approach establishes a safe, non-judgemental environment which encourages the expression of emotions. Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on our past and present experiences in relationships, and how these have shaped our relational style and our beliefs about ourselves. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a solution-focused approach that examines how our thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and behaviour, and seeks to challenge some of our ingrained patterns of thought and behaviour by testing out new ways of being.

In addition to these main approaches, I also incorporate mindfulness-based techniques for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and as a way of helping you to live more in the present moment and develop a kinder relationship with yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

Having studied English at the University of Oxford, I worked for some years as a teacher and editor before retraining as a psychologist at the University of Sussex, where I completed the MSc in Experimental Psychology. I subsequently undertook a professional doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey, where my main research focus was on mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship.

As a registered psychologist, I am committed to the codes of ethics laid out by the HCPC, and adhere to their professional standards and practices.

I have several years’ experience in NHS and non-NHS settings, working with a diverse client group and a wide range of presentations. I currently work as a psychologist within a psychosis service in the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Initial assessments are free. After that, my fee is £55 for a one-hour session.

Reduced fees are available for therapists in training.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or bank transfer.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 5QJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Currently available for daytime and evening appointments on Mondays and Saturdays. Other times may be possible; please contact to discuss!

Types of client

Young people
Older adults