About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working in central Brighton.

It can be difficult to express our innermost feelings with family and friends, leading to a sense of being ‘stuck’ or on our own. I have the skills to help you disentangle complex feelings, leading to a better sense of emotional balance.

People come to counselling for many different reasons. You may feel that life is an ongoing struggle from which you have never quite gained a sense of wellbeing. Maybe a single event has brought you to a crises point.

My aim in the counselling relationship is help you to make sense of your living experience and to empower you to feel more integrated as a result. Ultimately, I believe that if we are mindful of our feelings, we are able to shift from a destructive way of being to something that is more creative.

I work in a psychodynamic way, which focuses on the underlying and sometimes unconscious causes of our distress. Conflicting emotions may often be rooted in previous experiences. I aim to provide a safe and mindful place, which will allow you to explore painful/difficult feelings and believe that with me you may discover a new awareness of self.

I am also a trained experienced CBT therapist which can be particularly useful in working with compulsions, anxiety, low self esteem, eating disorders and intrusive thoughts.

Training, qualifications & experience

- 20 years experience working with people experiencing a crises in mental heath, support and management of mental health services.

- 12 years experience one to one counselling with people over a focused period of around 8-12 weeks or where more suitable, longer term therapy.

- Alongside my private practice, I work at the Rock Clinic in Brighton. This is a charitable organization offering affordable therapies to the Brighton community; this work is mainly longer-term counselling.

-2 years working as a CBT therapist at Sussex University Counselling Service providing focused therapy


- PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling

- MBACP (Accred)(Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)

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.


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.


Additional information

I offer an initial consultation to talk though how you may be helped by counselling and allow you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. For this I charge £20.

Consultation charges are £50per session with concessions.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

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Joanne Lawton

Joanne Lawton