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Are you struggling with your relationship or feeling anxious, depressed or stressed? There are times when it might seem that "it's all too much". Perhaps you just feel lost, confused, low in energy or in need of space to work things out. At such a point it might be beneficial to seek counselling. I can offer a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment that can help you move on with your life and make positive changes.

Sometimes events can undermine our resources and wellbeing to such an extent that we want to seek help and talk it through with somebody.

Choosing a counsellor and sharing your feelings and worries can be a daunting process but I specialise in making counselling a comfortable and rewarding experience.

I am qualified in Humanistic Counselling, which works by establishing a warm, empathetic, safe therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor. This then forms the foundation on which a journey back to positive wellbeing is built.

I provide short and long-term counselling which is tailored to your needs and offer a 30-minute no obligation session, for you to ask any questions or voice your concerns. If you would like to book an introductory session please contact me today to arrange an appointment.

Testimonials from clients:

Laura, I would like to put into words how beneficial our sessions over the past six months have been. From the outset you have made me feel so at ease. As we have progressed you have understood my past events and contributed to my development in such a natural and friendly manner.

Working together has given me so much more confidence than I would ever have dreamed of. Thank you so much.
Kind regards
Barbara, Worthing

I don't know quite how therapy has worked, but I am now able to rationalize my moods, and instead of bad feelings building up inside me,  I am able to express my feelings in a more positive and productive way to those I care about.

I have found encouragement in no longer having the feelings of complete helplessness, and I am not suffering from depression or negative feelings in the same way. I can now focus on feeling more open and less embarrassed to talk openly and expressively, enabling me to explore deeper feelings with family and close friends.

I would like to thank you for your kindness and support.
Jane, Steyning


How Counselling can help.

Although I am trained in the humanistic tradition, which applies a particular approach and psychological techniques, the client's uniqueness, needs and pace are what influences our way of working together, and are key in the counselling process.

My passion is for building a therapeutic relationship which allows you to discuss in confidence any issues that may be troubling you. I work in a non-judgmental and respectful manner, whilst helping you to explore decisions and choices that may no longer be working for you, in order to help you achieve a greater sense of self and work towards self-acceptance and direction in the area of concern.

I aim to create a warm, empathic and trusting environment, to enable us to work together to find a new perspective towards change, growth and a more satisfying way of living and positive outcome for you.

As a qualified counsellor, I am also a member of the BACP (British association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their code of ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience


Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling, University of Brighton.
Pre diploma in Counselling CPCAB
Ascentis Certificate in Bereavement care
Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness
Couples Counselling Relationship Training with Psychosexual Module AYA

Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy

Level 3 Safeguarding Children.

Other relevant qualifications and personal development courses:

N.N.E.B, (Child care provision)
Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Fundamentals of Customer Service (FOCS)


As well as being a counsellor in private practice in Hove. I work for a local charitable organisation As You Are centre in Southwick supporting clients through issues including, abuse, alcohol addiction, stress, low self-esteem, family dynamics, couples counselling and relationship breakdowns.

As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am also a member of the BACP (British association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their code of ethics.

I am also CRB checked.

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

I am LGBTQ affirmative.
Existential issues.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

I would suggest that we meet for an initial session, this will be a space where we can discuss what has bought you to counselling and any questions you may have will be answered. It is also a chance for you to see how we may work together and if I am the right counsellor for you to work with. I work from The Loft Practice, 27 Palmeira Mansions in Hove, East Sussex. For more information visit www.laurahovecounselling.co.uk  If you have any questions please call me on 07833 071077 or email laura@laurahovecounselling.co.uk.

Sessions cost £45 for a one-to-one counselling session. £65 for Couple counselling and Family Counselling. Each session lasts 50 minutes and usually takes place at the same time each week, unless otherwise discussed, after the introductory session.

I have concessionary rates of £35 for trainee counsellors.

Method of payment is by cash, at the end of each session or by weekly direct debit and this can be discussed at the initial session.

If you have any questions, or would like to book an introductory session please contact me today to arrange an appointment.


I am able to offer daytime and evening sessions that will enable you to fit counselling into your schedule.

The Loft Practice
27 Palmeira Mansions
Church Road
East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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.

Laura Hewitt Bsc (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP

Laura Hewitt Bsc (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP