Mary Saunders MBACP Registered

Mary Saunders MBACP Registered

C/O Downlands Court
Roundhay Avenue
East Sussex
BN10 8TG

C/o St James Trust (The Wagon Factory)
11 Blatchington Road
E Sussex
BN25 2AB

07890 806501

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About me

If you are new to counselling, or starting with a new counsellor it can be daunting – that is perfectly normal. What is important is that we feel comfortable working together. I hope to develop a good relationship with you by listening to you carefully and empathically and without judging you. I have many years of experience, am fully qualified and insured, and have therapy rooms in Peacehaven and Seaford.

I offer Counselling-directory clients an introductory session at a reduced charge so that we can see if we can work well together.

Ongoing sessions will normally be at the same time on a weekly basis. You decide how many sessions you need.

Here are some lovely comments from former clients.

"Cannot recommend highly enough. So much happier and confident and my relationships are now flourishing."
Rating: 10/10

"Released deep seated emotions enabling me to see and deal with things differently."

Rating: 10/10.

"I would recommend Mary without hesitation and will go to her again if I need future help."

Rating: 10/10

"Mary is a great counsellor and definitely recommend her to friends and family if they needed counselling. I have your business card and will be back if needed."

Rating: 9/10

The counselling services I offer:

I work one to one with adults and young people and relationship counselling for couples. I have specialist training and experience in adoption, alcohol issues and working with older people. I am able to help with a wide variety of issues including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addiction
  • stress
  • trauma
  • relationship issues
  • and other forms of mental distress.

I qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor; but if it seems right for you I can integrate elements of Cognitive Behavioural, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Sand tray therapies as appropriate.

In addition to my own caseload, I work with clients affected by adoption on behalf of Barnardo's and am a member of Sussex Alcohol Counselling Service service.

Previous experience includes managing a well-known charity's counselling service, counselling University of Brighton students and referrals for counselling from various organisations nationwide, including the NHS. I have also worked at The Carers' Centre and understand the difficulties unpaid carers face.

Where I work:

I work in Peacehaven and Seaford, so please contact me to find the most convenient for you. Please see more information about my counselling rooms in 'Any further information' below.

Training, qualifications & experience


Sussex Downs College Counselling skills courses
Degree in Person-Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton
Applied Suicide and Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - I have trained in and have experience of working with those who have attempted or considered suicide, or self-harmed
Qualified with Barnado's Adoption Agency (Ofsted registered agency providing Adoption services) as a Specialist Adoption Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Couples and Family counselling

Professional membership:

Registered Member MBACP (Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Registration no. 31260). Working to its Ethical Framework of standards and principles for therapeutic practice.

The BACP requires its members (regardless of their level of experience) to have regular clinical supervision to ensure that the counselling offered remains safe and effective. I make sure I receive regular supervision that meets BACP requirements.


I continue to keep my training up to date and have undertaken very comprehensive training including: Couples and family relationship counselling, Adoption counselling, Mental health awareness, Trauma, Mindfulness, Eating disorders, suicide awareness, sexual abuse, working with LGBT clients, etc. For the complete list, please see my website at

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist Adoption Counsellor (specialist trained to offer adoption counselling as per the Children's Act 2005)
Couples and family relationship counselling
Other types of loss (i.e. in addition to bereavement)
Major life changes
Parenting issues
Alcohol and drug issues

Photos & videos

  • Downlands Court, Peacehaven
  • The Seaview Room at Downlands Court


An initial introductory session for individual counselling is available at £25.00. Any further sessions will be charged at £45.00 for individual counselling, £65.00 for couples (an introductory session is available for £35.00. All Sessions will be of a 50 minute duration. I do offer concessions for counselling students.

I am unable to accept Credit card payments, but payment by Paypal can be accepted by prior arrangement.

If you are interested in knowing more, please text or phone me on 07890 806501, or email me (Click Here).  I am happy to talk to you about any questions you may have prior to making an appointment. Alternatively, I can direct you to other sources of help if appropriate.

Further information

Locations - I work from these locations:


Downlands Court - A lovely accessible room. Parking adjacent (including disabled parking), or short walk to access via public transport i.e. 12, 12A, 14 bus services.


St James' Trust - A comfortable therapy room in Blatchington Road with free car park.  Accessible by bus within walking distance from the 12 and 12A bus service.

Maps & Directions

Peacehaven, BN10 8TG
Seaford, BN25 2AB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Peacehaven venue: Fully accessible with free parking adjacent. Seaford venue is not accessible (although it might be possible to use an alternative accessible room, please enquire).


Please feel free to contact me to discuss current availability in Peacehaven or Seaford.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme