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BSc (hons) Dip. Sup MBACP

About me

I am a person-centred counsellor and therapeutic supervisor based in Eastbourne. I offer a safe, confidential and gentle space for you to explore potentially difficult, tender or traumatic aspects of life.

I am naturally very empathic and non-judgemental, I believe in the power of the relationship between myself and my clients. The connections we develop, combined with offering specific conditions through counselling can have profound effects when working towards positive and long lasting change.

As well as 1:1 counselling for adults and teens, I offer couples counselling and family therapy, promoting individual growth and connection as part of a group. 

As a qualified person-centred experiential supervisor I provide space for counsellors to explore their work, creatively and restoratively, ensuring their ethical obligations of working in the clients best interest and promoting self-care.

If you would like to know more about counselling or supervision, or if you have any questions I would love to hear from you. Warm wishes, Mia.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor and supervisor. I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP

My journey and experience as a counsellor has been varied and interesting, I run my private practice, I've managing an affordable counselling service, including supporting counsellors working with young people, people at risk of, or bereaved by suicide. I now teach person-centred counselling to trainee counsellors. I am passionate about what I do, I believe in what I do and I believe in people.

I am naturally a very creative person and enjoy drawing on my experience and training working creatively with adults as well as children and young people, couples and families and the counsellors I supervise.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am very passionate about working with Progressive Family Therapy, providing safe family interventions enabling families to re-connect and work through challenging times or conflict.

This method of working is catered for specific families and is very individualistic, please contact me for more details.

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From £50.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

One to one counselling £50 per 50 minute session.

Counselling Supervision £50 per hour.

Couples counselling and family therapy from £65 per hour.

I offer a reduced rates, both counselling and supervision for counsellors in training

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I try and be as accommodating as possible to work around client and school commitments. 

Further information

As part of a group of counsellors working together we offer room rental with the provision of peer support groups, peer and 1:1 supervision. Please get in touch for more details.

Room 1, 10 Station Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I’m a person-centred experiential supervisor. I work creatively and restoratively with counsellors to ensure they receive all supervisory needs.

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