Leyla Swan BSc (Hons), MBACP Accredited

Leyla Swan BSc (Hons),  MBACP Accredited

West Sussex

07949 822154

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About me

I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP) accredited Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor based in Horsham, West Sussex and I welcome clients from the surrounding areas including, Southwater, Crawley, Billingshurst, Cowfold and Henfield. I have 18 years experience and as well as working in private practice I am currently working within the NHS as a Psychological Therapist in primary care. I offer time limited and longer term therapy.

I also hold a (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency and I work strictly within the BACP ethical framework. You'll find me on the BACP register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I combine the theories from various approaches within psychotherapy which include; Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Existential theory as well as offering Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and C.B.T techniques, I am therefore not bound by any one particular philosophy.

As every individual and their experiences are unique, no single counselling philosophy can work for everyone. Theoretical integration enables me to apply the theories I believe may work best in meeting clients’ needs within the therapy sessions.

I will provide a safe and confidential environment for you to talk freely about the issues that brought you to counselling and I will support you in exploring and gaining a better understanding of any issues that may be preventing you from leading a satisfying and resourceful life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
  • Counselling for Depression (Metanoia)
  • Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness Now)
  • Bereavement Care training
  • NHS Assessing Suicide Risk in individuals with Depression
  • NHS Training in Time Limited Counselling
  • NHS Training In Childhood Trauma
  • NHS Training in Working with The Body
  • NHS Training in Understanding Neuroscience
  • NHS Internal Family Systems training
  • Relational Couples Counselling Training
  • Personality disorder training
  • Training in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Training in an Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Training in Coaching The Babyboomer Generation
  • Weight management and nutrition
  • MEND theory leader for community child obesity Programmes.
  • Accredited Family Group Conference Co-ordinator for Daybreak
  • Level 3 REP’s Registered Fitness instructor/ GP Exercise Referral Consultant

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Exercise addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Childhood trauma
  • Over eating
  • Obesity and weight related issues
  • Family Group Conference Facilitation and mediation


Initial consultation is free of charge.

Individuals £45-£50 (per 50 mins session)
Family conference/counselling £60 (per 1 hour session)

Concessions may be negotiable for students and for those on a low income.

Further information

I began my counselling career over 18 years ago working for HM Prison Service where I provided post incident support to members of staff. Since then I have gone on to gain a BSc degree in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University (2009). I have recently completed training for Counselling for Depression (CFD) within the NHS which is a NICE guidelines approved psycotherapeutic intervention targeting individuals with depression. I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher and currently facilitate Mindfulness groups within the NHS.

As well as working as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice, I also work as an NHS Psychological Therapist in primary care. I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of anger, depression and anxiety. I also work with childhood trauma and how this may present in the body through illness, physical pain or perhaps maladaptive ways of thinking or behaving.

I am also an independent accredited Family Group Conference Coordinator. I have previously helped numerous families develop personal care plans for children at risk. I have worked in partnership with families, social services and other professional agencies. This involved identifying support for lone parents with alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence, offending or potential offending behaviour of a child or young person or problems with school attendance or behaviour. I am able to use this experience to work with families who may require support in a solution focussed way to address any problems they are experiencing and improve their situation.

Having also had over 18 years experience within the fitness industry. I have found that combining my counselling and coaching skills has proved successful in supporting clients with weight and self image related issues. This led to my involvement with community based obesity programmes, educating adults and children about healthy eating and active lifestyle change. I have also developed and presented my own workshops for adults who struggle with their weight.
Although I am no longer involved in any community based projects I still like to keep fit and enjoy teaching fitness classes several times per week. I also like to practice mindfulness daily and have found that incorperating this skill within my work has enabled clients to develop a way to free themselves from emotional distress and nourish their capacity for wholness and healing.

Maps & Directions

Southwater, RH13

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults