About me

***************NEW Therapy Barn opened in Fletching offering group therapy and experiential weekend retreats - see web site for more info*****************

Experienced BACP member, psychotherapist offering one to one - family, couple, child and adolescent counselling in East Sussex.

I work with clients from the age of 12 upwards, creating a healthy systemic flow within my work where often problems addressed with my younger clients will often help me reach healthy solutions within my adult work and vice versa.

As a human being, I am forever interested in the way we develop as humans - psychologically, emotionally, physically and spiritually and to this end I am lucky enough to be able to attend wonderful workshops where I have picked up many tools which can - if appropriate, aid with your journey into understanding yourself.

We may sit and talk about dilemmas, tell stories about memories, use colour to explore situations and feelings not yet understood - we might use the sand tray and jump into worlds where there are never ending possibilities that perhaps you are unable to see in your day to day life. Grounding all this is a well learned and much adhered to principle, that is that all human beings have the self knowledge and right to claim their full potential.

Our first session together will be almost like an interview, consciously or unconsciously you will be assessing whether or not I am the person who can help you help yourself. And to this end, it is your choice at the end of the first session whether you continue to work with me.

Counselling works not by magic or by manipulation - but because at its core, it is about one person coming to a true understanding about what is right and not right for them, and then from that how to fully create an authentic relationship with the world at large. Within our therapeutic relationship, held together with boundaries of non-judgment and confidentiality, you as a client can experiment with different ways of coming to life. These experiments lead to self discoveries which you will take into the world, and though there is never a promise of happy ever after, my aim is to help you find the way to exist that is truly right for you.

I work with most areas and have much experience, however I am particularly interested in working with adult survivors of childhood abuse - with aspergers clients  and with clients experiencing issues around bullying. Having had two children via fertility treatment , I am also always open to supporting women going through any issues around fertility and child loss.

This year has been an incredibly exciting time, with the recent acquisition of a beautiful barn in Fletching. This barn, when completed will hold an adult woman's group, a young woman's group (17 - 22 year olds) and a teens space. All groups will be therapeutic spaces where my hope is that within this often faceless society, as small clusters we can increase our understanding of what it is to have human interaction and intimacy. If you are interested in being part of these dynamic group please email me as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip and Adv Dip in integrative psychotherapy
Basic and advanced counselling skills
Regular Attendee of the Adlerian Summer School
Certificate in play and sand tray therapy

Counsellor for YAC (youth and adolescent counselling service)
Counsellor for Bereavement centres in Crawley and Worthing
Lead facilitator for a women's therapy space

Personal therapy groups and workshops

Support Groups

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Male related / mens issues surrounding loss of masculinity, sexual disfunction, relationship issues.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Youth - £50 per hour (weekly)

Adults - £60 per hour (weekly)

I welcome those on low incomes calling me to discuss lower fees.


Sessions are open week days and weekend, with greater flexibility between the hours of 9 and 11.30 each day.

Further information

I have been a regular columnist for Juno natural parenting magazine and have also appeared on Channel 4's 4thoughtTV.

I have been a facilitator for the UK Adlerian Summer schools.

Haywards Heath,
West Sussex

33 The Rough
East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Jolene Payne

Jolene Payne