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 20 years experience and as well as working in private practice I have previously worked for 10 years within the NHS as a Psychological Therapist in primary care. I offer time limited and longer term therapy.

I work strictly within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), ethical framework and you will find me on the BCAP 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 Training (EMDR Europe Association)
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
Bereavement Care training
Training in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Weight management and nutrition
Level 3 REP’s Registered YMCA 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


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The initial consultation fee is £55 (60 mins) and will provide an opportunity for us to meet and for you to decide whether counselling is right for you and appropriate for your needs. We will also discuss the nature of our future work together.

We will come to a mutual agreement on the time and the day for your sessions and I will book that time and space for you*. Deep rooted problems may need to be addressed in weekly sessions over a period of months whilst short-term counselling for a specific problem may only take a few weekly sessions.

Individual sessions face to face, video call or walking talking outdoor sessions- £45- £50 (Sessions are 50 mins)

EMDR- £65 (90 mins)

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

MBCT 8 week course one to one- £400.

All courses include all course materials, individualised meditations and gift day.

Concessions made for counselling students, those on a low income needing long term support and NHS emergency key workers and fire service personnel (subject to availability).

*Missed sessions are still payable. However, if 1 weeks notice is given, I will do my best to make up a missed session.

**I am registered with ICO in line with GDPR guidelines. Data storage and retrieval with regards to your counselling will be agreed at the time of your assessment.


Mon 10am-13.00pm 17.00pm-20.00pm

Tue 9am-13.00pm 16.00pm-19.00pm

Wed 10pm-13.00pm 17.00pm-21.00pm

Fri 9am-13.00pm 15.00pm-18.00pm

Sat 8am-10am

Further information

I began my counselling career 20 years ago whilst 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. I have completed several evidence based NICE approved psychotherapeutic interventions including Counselling for Depression (CFD), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

I have been working as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice since 2009 and I have previously worked for 10 years within the NHS as a Psychological Therapist in primary care. I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, low self esteem, anger, grief, relationship difficulties, attachment issues and PTSD.

I have previously facilitated Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups within the NHS and currently offer Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in groups as well as one to one within my private practice. I am able to use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for a variety of presentations. EMDR is best known for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) however it can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stressful life events such as bereavement and divorce, recovery from addictions as well as complex childhood trauma.

I am able to work with clients who may have problems stemming from traumatic childhood experiences. Trauma in childhood such as repetitive or prolonged abuse, emotional neglect, school bullying, parental divorce, or abandonment has been shown to have long lasting effects into adulthood. This can range from complex PTSD, heightened anxiety, chronic physical health conditions, maladaptive ways of thinking or behaving, low self esteem, feeling empty or disconnected, emotional dis-regulation and addictions.

I am able to work with individuals to comfortably and safely process memories of earlier life experiences. Together we will work on developing new and more adaptive ways to deal with the emotions, beliefs, body responses and thoughts that accompany them to reduce emotional distress and nourish their capacity for wholeness and healing.

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 on request. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, chronic pain and help in the recovery of trauma and addiction. It can also reduce the symptoms of depression and significantly reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression.

I am also able to offer walking and talking therapy for clients who prefer to meet outside rather than in the counselling room or via video call (This is weather dependant and risk assessed).

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
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Leyla Swan

Leyla Swan