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Katie McDonell BSc (Hons), PGDip, MSc, MBACP

Brighton BN1 & Hove BN3
07401 210430 07401 210430

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of counselling regulatory organisations BACP and UPCA. I work with individuals, face to face, from comfortable offices in Brighton and Hove.

About my  professional approach.

As a humanistic Psychotherapist, I will work alongside you as a professional guide to you as the expert of your own experiencing. I can incorporate relaxation, mindfulness, CBT, gestalt models into the work, which are tailored to the needs of each unique client, so I may make suggestions or invite you to try different approaches that could be beneficial, however it is always your process that is central to the work, and as such we work together in collaboration. It is not my job to give advice, answers, or solutions but to actively listen and support you in making choices.

The humanistic-existential approach focuses on each individual persons’ unique lived experience of their worlds. With an emphasis on our capacity to find meaning in our own lives, an existential phenomenological approach supports you in developing a greater awareness about the processes you go through when approaching issues in living, so as to become more aware of your own unique and real, values, beliefs, and meaning systems, developing a more healthy and harmonious sense of self.

About my experience.

Alongside by private practice I also work as a Psychotherapist with Horsham and Crawley Counselling Group (https://www.hccounselling.org.uk/).

My working background has been working in a social care capacity with people from the young to the elderly. I have accumulated a wealth of professional, practical, legal, ethical and personal experience which I bring to my practice.

My background as a counsellor has been within an onsite Psychotherapy team supporting NHS staff. Encountering a wide-ranging issues including LGBT+, cross-cultural issues, childhood trauma, traumatic workplace incidents, burn out, anxiety, bereavement, family dysfunction, stress, and depression. I work collaboratively with each client’s needs, expectations and goals throughout the process.

What to expect when making contact.

I offer face to face, 1.1 sessions in Brighton and Hove locations. The sessions are 50 mins long, and take place (as a minimum weekly), to support therapeutic progress.

On making contact via email or telephone, please feel free to leave me a message stating your name, contact details, and indicate a good times to ring (free from interruptions) I will contact you back within 48 hours to arrange a free 15 minute telephone assessment. If you are happy to proceed we can then set an appointment time for an initial assessment  session. The fee for the initial session is at the reduced price of £25 as this session is to see if we can work together. The contacts I have give are used by myself only, and to preserve your confidentiality I will never speak to you in a place we could be overheard.

I can offer appointments Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 11am -7pm, and Wednesdays 1pm -7pm.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Psychotherapy
  • PGDip Humanistic Psychotheraputic Counselling
  • BSc (hons) Psychology
  • Dip REBT/CBT

Katie is a qualified member of counselling regulatory organisations BACP and UPCA. She is also an active member of Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Her training for the Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s degree as a Humanistic orientated Psychotherapist, took place in The University of Brighton. Katie also trained with City College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in London for the Diploma in CBT/REBT. She gained her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from The Open University.

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

Work Related Stress
Childhood and Adult Trauma
Anxiety and Depression
Relationship difficulties
Miscarriage and abortion
Cultural issues and isolation.
Chronic illness and disability
Life transitions

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Free initial  15 minute telephone contact

£25 for initial 50 minute assessment session.

£45 for a 50 minute session. Payable in advance via BACS or by cash on the day of the appointment..

Further information


I work across Brighton and Hove locations,. I work in the Therapy Rooms in Brighton, and also in my dedicated Counselling office at home. On Thursday late afternoon/evening I work from Palmeria Practice in Hove. These rooms are located near all the main public transport links in Brighton.

If travelling by car from outside Brighton my home office may be more convenient. I often work from my home in a large airy room which is soundproofed and designed for this purpose only. My home is near Falmer, which is easily accessible from the A27. This is very convenient for Lewes, Ditchling, Clayton and Hassocks as there is no need to enter the busy Brighton traffic! Public transport from Brighton; use the # 26 or #24 buses. I will give you full directions when we make contact.

My home location has unmetered parking available. Although it can become slightly busy during the local schools pick up times, and I cannot guarantee a space directly outside, it will only be a short walk to the distinctive blue house called Zora Place.

Lansdowne Place Therapy Rooms
Lower Ground,
60 Lansdowne Place

Hove Therapy Rooms
69 Church Road

Brighton Therapy Practice
9a Princes Street

You can also contact Palmeria Practice directly for a referral for a Thursday appointment between 4-8pm Tel: 07436 643617. https://www.thepalmeirapractice.org.uk/katie-mcdonell

Thursday between 4pm -8pm.

The Palmeira Practice
2a Church Road

Lansdowne Place Therapy Rooms
Lower Ground
60 Lansdowne Place
East Sussex

46 Beatty Avenue
East Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Monday 11am to 7pm, Wednesday 1pm to 7pm, Thursday 11am to 7pm, Friday 11am to 7pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Katie McDonell BSc (Hons), PGDip, MSc, MBACP

Katie McDonell BSc (Hons), PGDip, MSc, MBACP