Melissa Kirwan

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BA(Hons), PGDip, MSc, MBACP
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Hassocks BN6 & Hove BN3
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About me

I am a fully qualified, BACP registered psychodynamic therapist working near Hassocks, West Sussex and Hove. I strive to create an open and accepting atmosphere for clients to work through their difficulties and gain a better understanding of themselves and their past experiences, in order to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives.

The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to understand our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of our past experiences and unconscious conflicts. My approach in sessions incorporates psychodynamic theory with a motivation towards creating empowerment and a bespoke approach to you and your individual concerns. Sessions are always tailored to your needs and at a pace you feel comfortable with. I believe in building a trusting, supportive therapeutic relationship through acceptance, openness and transparency, all of which you can expect from me at all times during our work together. It is my aim to help you explore and understand your current and past experiences, how these are impacting your wellbeing and reduce any self-blame you may be feeling for the difficulties you are having. This approach can lead to changes in repeating patterns that are causing distress, healthier relationships with yourself and others, and help you build confidence to move forward as your authentic self.

I use this approach to work with individuals aged 17 and upwards who are struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, experiences of trauma, abuse, depression, OCD, phobias, addiction issues and relationship difficulties. I offer both short- and long-term approaches - we can discuss the best approach for you during our first session and/or as our work progresses.

I practise in calm, quiet therapy rooms in the heart of the West Sussex countryside and in Hove. Near Hassocks, our renovated farmhouse building offers beautiful views of the South Downs and there is ample free parking available. At 198 Church Road, Hove, there is nearby parking and we’re a 10 minute walk from Hove station and are on the major bus routes from everywhere in the city. Both venues have a waiting room and access to unisex toilets.

Choosing to begin therapy is a big step and I understand finding the right therapist for you is extremely important - I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my practice via e-mail, the contact form on my website or text message/WhatsApp. I aim to get back to you within 2 working days.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA(Hons) in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Brighton
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Sussex
  • PGDip in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Brighton
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


I have several years' experience working with young people and adults in the areas of substance use and general mental health within services offered by charities, therapeutic agencies (inpatient and outpatient) and West Sussex County Council. My work has involved supporting people from varied backgrounds, including emergency services personnel, young people aged 11-18 and adults presenting with complex mental health needs.

I am a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and have completed additional professional development training in areas such as attachment and developmental trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, Autism, safeguarding and addiction.

I also work as a therapist with Lifecentre, a West Sussex-based charity offering specialised support.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

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£45.00 - £65.00

Additional information

Initial assessment sessions are charged at a reduced rated of £45

Further sessions are charged at £65 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My clinic days in Hove are Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in Hassocks are Thursdays and Fridays. Session times can be flexible and we can discuss a slot that works for you.

Sapien Training, Redhouse Farm, Brighton Road, Newtimber, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9BS

198 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Melissa Kirwan
Melissa Kirwan