Marian Stapley

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Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 3UD
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About me

I offer a counselling service to adults experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, loss, depression and isolation.  My practice is in Westergate and is within easy reach of Chichester, Barnham, Fontwell, Tangmere, Arundel, Bognor and surrounding areas. If you are unable to travel to me for face to face counselling and during Covid-19 restrictions, I also offer sessions ONLINE and TELEPHONE.

Your story matters and I am here to listen to whatever you want to say - in a peaceful and safe environment we can work effectively together in a respectful, open and trusting relationship, exploring whatever issues you are experiencing. Working at your pace, I will listen, support and offer you the space to express yourself openly and honestly. I will help you feel less stressed and anxious and more able to cope with whatever issues are challenging you right now. Your mental health will improve and you will become more empowered so that you feel more in control to make decisions that are right for you.

Life can be stressful and challenging, especially when we have to cope with difficult relationships or experience depression, anxiety or panic, isolation, illness, redundancy or any of the other issues that may affect our well-being. Developing a trusting, therapeutic relationship with a counsellor can help you find the tools and strategies required to help with these types of issues and gain a greater understanding of who you are

Organising counselling can sometimes be overwhelming but by following a few easy steps you can contact me and be on your counselling journey in no time, at your pace and without added stress:

  • Telephone or email me to set up an initial session - we will talk about you and what you want to get out of counselling
  • If you are happy to continue - we will set up a second session at a mutually convenient time, and then arrange future weekly/fortnightly sessions if you are still happy to continue.


I trained as a Humanistic counsellor at the University of Chichester and work in a confidential, non-judgemental and sensitive way.

I have worked as a counsellor since 2012 and have gained extensive experience working with two local charities. I offer counselling to the elderly and adults with limited mobility. In addition, I work with patients, carers and family members who have received a diagnosis of cancer and Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), which means I am a fully insured, professionally qualified and experienced counsellor.

I adhere to the ethical code of conduct of the BACP and have regular supervision to ensure a high standard of professional practice.

I am available for counselling sessions:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am -7pm
  • Counselling can be on a short-term, time-limited and open-ended basis.


  • Driveway and on-street parking available
  • Bus stops serving Littlehampton, Arundel, Barnham, Bognor, Tangmere, and Chichester within an easy 5 minute walk
  • Barnham railway station, distance 1 mile approx

The counselling room is easily accessible via the garden and has one small step into the room.

ONLINE COUNSELLING is available via a secure and confidential online platform (ZOOM)


HOME VISITS - by arrangement

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, University of Chichester
  • BACP Accreditation 
  • Diploma in Supervision, The Link Centre
  • Certificate of Proficiency - the BACP accredited voluntary register
  • Transactional Analysis TA 101
  • Somatic Orientation and Treatment Training for Therapists - Prevention of re-traumatisation
  • Creative Arts Approach to Life Story Work
  • Certificate Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Other Short Training Courses:

  • Diversity
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Working with Disability
  • Drum Therapy
  • Shame and the Body
  • Grief and Loss
  • Suffering
  • Working with Dementia
  • Setting up an ethical private practice
  • Erotic Transference and Counter-Transference in Counselling
  • Dependency in Counselling
  • Exploring Loss
  • Working with Body Storylines
  • The Expanding Toolkits
  • Safeguarding within a Counselling Practice
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Exploring Sexuality and Gender
  • Working with Bereavement
  • Working with Addiction
  • Mindfulness and Focusing Workshop
  • Couples Counselling Toolkit
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders
  • Trauma and the Body
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
  • Working with Shame
  • Human Resources
  • CIPD level 3 - Certificate in Personnel Practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial 20 minute telephone consultation free of charge to discuss how we could work effectively together.

In-Person, Online or Telephone £50 per 50-minute session.

I am open to negotiation for clients on benefits or a low income, depending on your circumstances.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon - Thur: 9am to 7pm

All emails and telephone messages will be answered as soon as possible, normally within 4 hours

Further information


'My sessions with Marian have offered me valuable space to reflect on the challenges I have faced with serious illness, changes at work and caring for teenage children and elderly parents; her calm, wise questioning has allowed me to nurture the positive voice in my head, enabling me to answer my own questions and smooth the path I'm travelling on'. D

'Marian offers a warm, professional service. I'd highly recommend anyone to give it a try, it's fantastic for the soul' C

Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 3UD

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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In person

I offer supervision to trainee and qualified therapists, either as individuals or as a group.

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Marian Stapley
Marian Stapley