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About me

Many people come to therapy because they reach a difficult point in their lives.  This could be a sudden crisis or an ongoing issue. Reaching such a place can shake our foundations. We may need someone alongside us who can support us at such a time. By facing our most challenging situations we can regain our lives and begin to function again. But more than that, we can grow, and thrive.  I believe in more than just surviving.

As an experienced Person Centred counsellor (20 years) with Senior Accreditation (BACP), I offer warmth, safety and sensitivity.  I also specialise in using creative approaches for those who are drawn to this way of working.  For example - art, music, sand tray, drama, movement, play or creative writing may be used to work with deep issues such as loss, trauma, and other experiences which are beyond words.

Additionally, I have specialist training in the area of trauma and anxiety.  Using 'common sense' methods taught by Babette Rothschild I begin by helping individuals to gain control over the physiological elements of trauma to establish stability. This enables the reduction of debilitating symptoms such as flash backs, panic attacks and trauma- related illness.  I have experience in working with developmental trauma (for those who had difficult beginnings).  I am currently studying a well-researched approach (AEDP) which is body-based and grounded in neuroscience.  This is an effective approach to help 'undo aloneness' and support clients to experience the healing power of their emotions. 

I am the author of 'Help! I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in my Head!' published by Jessica Kingsely Publishers.  My subsequent book: Help! My Feelings are Too Big! is now out (March 2019) and is written for children who had a difficult start. Both books are adult friendly!

I have been working with clients of all ages (children, teens and adults) since 1998 in a variety of settings:

  • education
  • psychiatry
  • hospice
  • private practice (Creative Counselling).

Creative Counselling offers individual therapy, clinical supervision, workshops, retreats and creative groupwork (including Sesame sessions - drama/movement).  Staff training for those who work in education or with vulnerable adults.

I am currently offering individual Drawing and Talking sessions at a reduced rate (£30 per half hour session).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bachelor of Education (1978)
  • Diploma in Counselling (1998)
  • Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy (1998)
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2003)
  • In House Supervision training (St Wilfrid's Hospice, Eastbourne)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play (2007) PTUK
  • 12 Day Training in Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild) 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Drama and Movement Therapy 2012  (The Sesame Approach)
  • MBACP (Snr Accred)  - accredited since 2005
  • AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)  - Immersion Course. Part One of Essential Skills Course ( July 20)

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Children (3+) and teens

Personal development and transitions.

Creative retreats for adults

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

Photos & videos


Private clients

Individual sessions for adults (50 minutes): £50.00.  (Reductions offered for trainee counsellors)

Individual counselling or therapeutic play for children (50 minutes): £50.

Drawing and Talking sessions £30.

Clinical supervision for counsellors : £50 for individual sessions, group rates are negotiable.  
(Reductions for student counsellors).

Referrals from organisations (such as Social Services)

Individual sessions for adults or children (50 mins) will be charged at £60 per session owing to complexity.

In all cases meetings with parents and additional work, such as report writing are charged at the same rate. Home or school visits may incur additional charges for travel and time.

Support/training for those who work with special needs children -negotiable.

Charges for group work and workshops may vary due to group sizes and venues.

Concessions are available in some cases.

All prices are reviewed annually.


Day time appointments : Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursdays. Some evening sessions may be available and occasional weekends.

Further information

I normally work in a private room. Day time and evening appointments.
Parking is available outside in the street.  Since the pandemic I have been seeing clients on line and have been amazed how, with the right skills, it is possible to feel very connected and present.  Many people (including me) have been surprised.

Drawing and Talking: half an hour sessions - £30. Home and school visits in the Eastbourne area are £35 per session can be made when it is safe to do so.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am a person-centred counsellor with many years' experience in supervision.  I currently work with both experienced and trainee counsellors.I also provide support for education staff who work with challenging children.  There are times when I use creative approaches to facilitate exploration of issues to bring insight and new perspectives.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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K L Aspden - Creative Counselling; MBACP (Snr. Accred)

K L Aspden - Creative Counselling; MBACP (Snr. Accred)