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About me

​Do you need to talk about something that has happened to you? Are you worried, or feeling down? I’m a counselling psychologist specialising in helping adults who have experienced abuse, trauma, physical illness, loss and life-changes. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about how you are feeling, face to face, over the phone, or via video.

It can be hard to know which therapist to choose. As a counselling psychologist I have been trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, person-centred and psychodynamic therapy. I understand that we are all unique, and I draw on these approaches to tailor the therapy to your needs. I offer a free initial consultation to allow you to meet me and work out if I am the right therapist for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience

I have extensive experience working in a broad range of settings including:

  • Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist -  NHS MSK Team, Sussex
  • Counselling Psychologist - NHS Long-Term Health Conditions Community Team, Sussex
  • Psychologist - NHS MSK Team, Portsmouth
  • Counsellor - Survivors Network, Brighton
  • Counsellor - NHS Sexual Health Clinic, Brighton
  • Counsellor - Counselling Service, Kent
  • Trainee Counselling Psychologist - NHS Secondary Care Complex Cases, Essex

I currently work in the NHS alongside my private practice.

My Academic Qualifications

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
City, University of London
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychology
University of East London
MA Hons in Sociology
University of Edinburgh

My Professional Memberships

Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health and care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist with British Psychological Society (BPS)

As a member of the HCPC and BPS, I adhere to their code of ethics. I am fully insured, have regular supervision, and I undertake regular professional development to ensure I offer up to date and relevant therapeutic practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with:

  • Long-term health conditions
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Loss

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to book more sessions. Subsequent sessions are £65 each.


I offer weekday and weekday evening appointments.

Further information

Professional Membership

Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist


West Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Dr Olivia Hirst

Dr Olivia Hirst