Karen Thirtle, Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Karen Thirtle, Chartered Counselling Psychologist

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92-94 High Street
East Sussex
TN21 8JD

East Sussex

07898 914136

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About me

I'm an experienced (20+ years) counsellor, having worked with a broad range of difficulties. In the NHS between 2003 and 2013, I developed a specialist interest in Health Psychology and the psychological consequences of living with a long-term health condition. I worked as a Counselling Psychologist in multi-disciplinary teams in Primary and Secondary Care, specialising in Chronic Pain, Breast Cancer and Medically unexplained physical symptoms.

My core model is an integration of Humanistic and Psychodynamic models of therapy. I believe that a client-led and highly empathic relationship is the most facilitative relationship for personal growth. How that develops with each individual is unique and essentially unpredictable. In practice, I can offer brief, symptom-focussed therapies using a CBT approach. In open-ended therapy for more complex difficulties a more relational approach is offered.

I provide clinical supervision to counselling psychology trainees and qualified psychologists, and counsellors. I am an external supervisor for London Metropolitan University and Metanoia.

For people seeking therapy I generally prefer to arrange a first meeting by email. The initial meeting is so that you can tell me what you have sought help with and you can find out whether I am someone you think you could talk to about the matters that have brought you to counselling. At that initial meeting you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process or the therapeutic approach that I use.

I know that it can be very daunting to make your first contact with a counsellor however, your initial email and any other contact with me remains completely private and confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Therapy (Northbrook College, Worthing)
B.A.Hons Social Psychology (University of Sussex)
MSc Counselling Psychology (University of Sussex)
British Psychological Society Chartership in Counselling Psychology Reg. No. 099405
Associate Fellow British Psychological Society
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist Reg. No. PYL22131

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management
Living with long-term physical conditions
Mindfulness based approaches


To be agreed in discussion with client. Generally between £45 and £60 per session.

Maps & Directions

Heathfield, TN21 8JD
Brighton, BN2

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


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer individual clinical supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists.

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