Marie Cairney

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MA. Relationship Therapy, MBACP - couples and individuals
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Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN16
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

As a professionally qualified, Relate-trained relationship specialist with more than 10 years experience, I help couples and individuals in West Sussex manage and enhance their relationships by improving communication and by helping them develop a better appreciation of their own and others’ relationship needs.

When facing relationship issues and crises, I work with my clients to resolve ongoing conflict, reach important decisions, and importantly; make desired changes.

Life can throw up problems that can affect even the strongest of relationships, often causing communication to breakdown just at a time when it is needed most. Working together, I support my clients in maintaining or developing a healthy relationship while these other problems are overcome.

I work confidentially with clients and my practice conveniently covers the areas of East Preston, Rustington, Angmering, Ferring, Goring, Littlehampton Arundel and Worthing.

All psychotherapists and counsellors will talk about relationships but not all psychotherapists and counsellors specialise in relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications:

  • More than 10 years experience
  • MA. in Relationship Therapy
  • Experienced counsellor with Relate
  • Qualified in Couple Therapy for Depression; working with IAPT
  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), currently working towards full accreditation.
  • MSc. in Public Relations and Communications

How I work – theoretical approach:
I am an integrative therapist in that I work both systemically with the familial, cultural and social circumstances of how problems emerge and how we communicate in relationships, and psycho-dynamically to identify some of the unconscious drivers that may be affecting how we form and maintain relationships, and how we face problems more generally.

I work collaboratively with my clients and can work both on a short-term and long-term basis dependent on their needs. My role is to actively enable my clients to realise self- knowledge and their own expertise to help solve problems.

How I work – ethics and confidentiality:
I work to the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and have regular Criminal Records Bureau checks.

I comply with data protection legislation and maintain the security of all client information. I would not normally share information from or about my clients except in very exceptional circumstances where there was good reason to be concerned about issues of safety, particularly if these related to a vulnerable individual.

As an ethical practitioner, I receive regular supervision in accordance with BACP guidance, where client confidentiality is always maintained.

Member organisations

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


£80.00 per session

Additional information

At the moment I am able to offer day time and evening Zoom sessions Mondays-Thursday and Friday mornings. I will be introducing face-to-face sessions from mid-March 2024 when my practice office is ready.

In the first session I gather detailed information about you and your needs. In this session we decide the focus of the work and if we are able to work well together. All sessions are 60 mins. Longer sessions can be discussed based on need.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. 


£80 for a 60 min face-to-face session.

£80 for a 60 min Zoom session.

Fees are paid in advance of the session with a 48-hour cancellation policy.

When I work

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Further information

Whether we are single or in a couple, surrounded by a large circle of family and friends or alone; relationships are an important part of all our lives. All of us are born into relationships and we spend all our lives experiencing and managing relationships.

Relationships can make us feel loved; help us meet physical and emotional needs; offer care, support and companionship as well as enable us to feel creative, alive and passionate.

Relationship issues however, can sometimes cause us pain and distress; leave us feeling confused and anxious; induce fear, anger and hurt; and can make us feel depressed, unfulfilled and at times, lonely.

Problems in life can put stress on our relationships, requiring us to reassess them or in some cases causing them to breakdown completely.

Our relationships with others can also tell us so much about ourselves. How we relate to others is an important part of who we are and understanding this is sometimes the key to a better quality of life and a greater sense of well-being.

Seeking professional and non-judgmental counselling – either on your own or with the partner or with the family members you are experiencing difficulty with – can help make sense of relationship problems; offer strategies and solutions and provide a little bit of hope to help you overcome difficulties. Therapy can also support you when making difficult decisions about relationships, ensuring that the impact on all those involved can be carefully managed.

I can help with:

  • Relationship issues and breakdowns
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Pre-nuptial counselling
  • Separation and divorce, including related parenting issues
  • Impact of pregnancy
  • Parenting
  • Family and blended family relationships problems
  • Sex and relationships
  • Fertility issues
  • Abortion
  • Later in life relationships
  • Stress
  • ‘Empty nest’ issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Esteem issues
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Loneliness

Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN16

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Types of client

Older adults

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Marie Cairney
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