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About me

I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and supervisor based in Lewes and at The Priory Clinic, Ticehurst.  I offer brief and long-term psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and depression. I am also a fully-trained EMDR practitioner able to work with trauma and addiction.

My Lewes practice is based on Lewes High Street a few minutes' walk from the mainline train station. I have a special interest in working with relationship issues and childhood trauma.

Before I became a psychotherapist I worked as an editor, a literary agent and as a book publisher for a national newspaper.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a therapist I use an integrative approach, drawing on various models (psychodynamic, attachment, cognitive, behavioral, systemic, EMDR) and dependent on the individual's need I can provide either short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

I have a wide range of experience in both NHS and private settings (currently as a psychotherapist at The Priory Clinic), providing time-limited and open-ended psychotherapy to patients presenting with severe anxiety, depression and OCD. I have also worked in higher education (providing time-limited CBT counselling to university students) and local counselling agencies (The Rock Clinic and The Brighton Women’s Centre). My core training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy which focuses on how experiences from early childhood impact on how we think and feel as adults.

  • MsC Psychotherapy (University of Brighton)
  • PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Brighton)
  • Professional CBT training for counsellors (University of Sussex Counselling Services)
  • EMDR training with Sandi Richman (Level 3)
  • MA (Hons) History (University of Cambridge)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Adoption Issues


Men's issues

Late adolescence

Later life transitions

Workplace conflicts

Boarding School Issues




Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Psychotherapy and counselling: £60 for a 50-minute session (concessions available).

EMDR: £95 for a 90-minute session.


Daytime and evening appointments available.

66 High Street
East Sussex

Key details

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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.

No lift. Please let me know if you have mobility issues.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Lisa Darnell, BA, MA, PgDip, MsC, UKCP (Accred)

Lisa Darnell, BA, MA, PgDip, MsC, UKCP (Accred)