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About me

Reaching out for help and support can be a difficult first step to take. You may feel overwhelmed and need help knowing where to turn. At such a time it is important that you find the person that is right for you. I provide a safe, supportive, open and respectful space for you to talk confidentially without being judged and to explore what is troubling you.

You do not have to do this alone. I can help and support you in managing what is happening for you and in moving forwards from it.

I am a professionally qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and of the British Psychological Society (BPS) so you can be sure you are in safe hands.

I see clients face to face and also via phone and online video consultations. A free no-obligation initial consultation gives you the security of making contact and finding out if this is the help and support you need without having to feel committed, and without fear of judgement or criticism.

The connection you make with your counsellor is key to how you feel in the process. This allows you to find out straight away if I am the right person for you.

I offer counselling, psychotherapy, CBT and coaching as well as a range of therapies. I will listen to you with skill and empathy. You will be able to feel fully heard and understood and to start the process of moving forwards and making positive change.

I am a professionally qualified practitioner with experience working with children, teens, families and relationships, offering counselling and therapy. I can work with you, your children or your family, to help understand the issues that you are facing and to find a way to work through them, communicating effectively together.

I have specialist training in dealing with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

I work using evidence based approaches with a focus on outcomes. I have experience with talking therapies, mindfulness and CBT, as well as play and art therapies for children. My integrative approach means I can tailor the way I work to suit you personally, to help you find your inner strengths and develop a positive way forward.

Working with children using play and art therapies, as well as a range of targeted activities, I have helped children overcome anger management issues, self-esteem problems, as well as dealing with phobias and self-harm. In addition I also have experience working in schools and with SEND children and understand the broader range of issues and challenges facing these families.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am highly qualified and have an honours degree in psychology, a Level 3 Diploma in Child Counselling, and a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling. I have studied and completed courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis and Person Centred Counselling. I have studied with The Place 2 Be, a children’s mental health charity, and have undertaken courses on mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

I have also undertaken specific training in depression and anxiety as well as marriage and couples counselling. I have experience counselling and coaching where people are feeling worried, stressed or are stuck and unsure how to move forwards.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, an Approved Counsellor of The Blackford Centre, and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists which mean I work within an ethical framework.

I am fully trained in child safeguarding and I have Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service clearance to work with children, so you can be secure in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.

I have been working with children and families for many years now. When working with children and teens the relationship with the counsellor is key. I begin the therapeutic relationship by developing a bond of trust and security so your child can feel safe and relaxed in the space and fully able to open up. I am experienced in doing this and will make this a positive experience for your child.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

A standard consultation fee is £80. Full details and further information is available at



Day time and evening consultations, as well as limited weekend sessions.

Further information

I specialise in:

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Families
  • Relationships and marriage counselling
  • Anxiety, panic attacks and depression

Contact me now for your free 20 minute consultation to find out how I can help you move forwards.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Nadia Hayes - Family Specialist. Bsc (Hons) MBPsS GBC, Dip Couns, MBACP.

Nadia Hayes - Family Specialist. Bsc (Hons) MBPsS GBC, Dip Couns, MBACP.