My Name is Lucy and I run Little Lodge counselling which is a confidential, safe, welcoming space in which you are free to be yourself and talk at your pace. There are no expectations or judgements, just room for you to be you - your space.
It can evoke a variety of feelings in a person when seeking help from another. I understand this and understand the strength it has taken you to make this first step in exploring other ways and meeting me a; ‘new person’ to help aid with problems that you may be experiencing.
A common question is “how can this person help me?” Well I can offer an environment that is built on acceptance, I am here to help you share your problems, look at them, take them apart and put them back together in a way that is more comfortable for you. Hopefully you will move forward with empowerment and control in your life without these problems weighing and bringing you down. I will be a companion on this journey sharing these moments and reassuring you that you are not on your own.
Another question that can arise when seeking help is “how can I trust this person?” our sessions will be confidential and I am not here to pass judgment on you I am here to offer you support and acceptance. My approach is very much about our relationship, the trust that will hopefully enable you to become more comfortable in expressing your needs. The key is that you feel safe, we will be equal partners in this journey.
My mission as a person-centred counsellor is to enable you as the client to feel empowered and comfortable within your own skin.
Person-centred counsellors will aim to provide an environment based on the therapeutic conditions of:
• Empathy (towards the client)
• Unconditional Positive Regard (non-judgemental acceptance of the client)
• Congruence (genuineness in communication with the client)
This environment can facilitate an atmosphere of acceptance, leading to the potential of the client finding acceptance for themselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my training in 2012 at Sussex Downs College Eastbourne, with level 1, this really opened my eyes and I felt I had found my profession of choice, I moved onto the level 2 and from there onto the Foundation Degree in Science (FDsc) in person-centred counselling and recently in 2015-2016 I completed the Honors Degree, Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in person-centred counselling. In 2016 I obtained a certificate in couples counselling.
I am dedicated to my own professional development and therefore I continue to attend courses/training days to help build my understanding and develop my practice further.
Previously I have volunteered at Counselling plus, Cruse East Sussex, St Wilfred's Hospice, Action For Change and now I am working in private practice. I have worked for various different EAP services, such as; Axa, Workplace Options, HELP, BEN, CBT Clinics and Moving Minds, delivering short term therapy for their clients.
Individuals express themselves differently so I offer experiential ways of working with my clients, such as; drawing, writing, poetry, or face to face talking, so if you feel that you would like to try different ways of communicating please let me know. Little Lodge is your space to explore you, and how you like to express yourself, there are no expectations just space to be you.
In 2017-2021 I embarked on a teaching career as a tutor for various establishments across East Sussex. I have experience teaching students from level 1, through to level 5 in counselling, including delivering short workshops for mental health in the community. In 2020 I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) I enjoyed teaching and being on the journey with students, this I feel added to my personal development.
I can offer students on counselling courses discounted rates for their own personal counselling.
I am a supervisor in the person-centred approach, one-to-one hour session is charged at £50 and 1.5 hours is charged at £75.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Sessions are charged at £50 per hour for individuals and £60 per hour for couples.
Sessions that are offered are; Face to face, Telephone and video call, please note for this sessions would need to be paid upfront via bank transfer. Video and Telephone sessions are the same as face to face so please ensure that you are in a confidential space to be able to talk freely and you won't be disturbed.
There is no set amount of sessions, leaving the control to you as the client to decide the number of sessions you would like, this can be weekly or fortnightly, which again is your choice. At the end of each session you will be invited to book in for your next session if you wish.
Available times are Monday-Friday 9.30am to 8.00pm and weekends 11.30am to 8.00pm. (subject to availability)
I am a supervisor in the person-centred approach, one-to-one hour session for £50 and 1.5 hours at £75.
Cash or bank transfer's are accepted on the day of the session and receipts are given on request.
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 8.00pm and weekends 11.30pm to 8.00pm. (subject to availability)