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Leyla Swan BSc (Hons), MBACP Accredited

Southwater, West Sussex, RH13

About me

I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP) accredited Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor based in Southwater, West Sussex and I welcome clients from the surrounding areas including, Horsham, 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, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses. 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/NHS)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher and Practitioner (Mindfulness Now Oxford/NHS)
  • EMDR Therapy Training
  • 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
  • Weight management and nutrition
  • Level 3 REP’s Registered Fitness instructor/ GP Exercise Referral Consultant

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

  • Exercise addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Complex childhood trauma
  • Over eating
  • Obesity and weight related issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Initial Assessment £55 (60 mins) Individual sessions £45-£50 (50 mins)

EMDR £65 (90 mins)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week course £300 (Group of 6 people)

MBCT one to one 8 week course £400- All courses include all course materials, individualised meditations and gift day.

Concessions may be negotiable for Counselling students, those on a low income and Key workers.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

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 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 Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher and Practitioner and currently facilitate Mindfulness groups within my private Practice and within the NHS. I am a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapist (EMDR) which is a treatment which can be used for a variety of presentations including PTSD, complex childhood trauma, complex grief and addiction.

As well as working as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice, I also work as an NHS Psychological Therapist in primary care which I have been doing for almost 10 years. I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, grief, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, anger and PTSD. I also work with complex childhood trauma and it's various presentations. Adults with histories of trauma in childhood have been shown to have more chronic physical conditions and problems including maladaptive ways of thinking or behaving, difficult in regulating their emotional states and interpersonal difficulties. I am able to work with individuals to recognise their difficulties and help them to find new and more adaptive ways to manage and heal from their past.

Having also had over 20 years experience within the fitness industry as a fitness and nutrition coach I have found that combining my counselling, mindfulness and coaching skills has proved successful in supporting clients with weight and self image related issues. This has enabled individuals to recognise and understand the deeper rooted issues that cause them to over eat or make poor choices. Through this insight and understanding individuals are encouraged to develop more self compassion and less destructive ways of thinking and behaving which often helps to break perpetuating cycles.

I currently offer the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT) courses to small groups within my private practice. I can also offer this on a one to one basis. MBCT can help to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain and help in the recovery of trauma and addiction.

Although I have given up coaching in the fitness industry I still like to keep fit and enjoy running and training several times per week. I also like to practice mindfulness daily and have found that incorporating this skill within my work has enabled clients to develop a way to free themselves from emotional distress and nourish their capacity for wholeness and healing.

West 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


Mon 5pm-7pm

Wednesday 10pm-13.00pm 5pm-8pm

Thursday 6pm-8pm

Friday 9am-13.00pm

Saturday 8am-10am

Types of client

Older adults
Leyla Swan BSc (Hons),  MBACP Accredited

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