About me

Most people experience times when they feel low and worried, or sense aspects of their life are beyond their control and not as they would wish.  Life can sometimes leave us battling through stormy waters, struggling to make progress, or travelling in directions that simply don't feel comfortable.

Counselling offers time and space in a supportive confidential setting, to explore your thoughts and feelings around any difficulty or distress you may be experiencing, helping you to understand your situation and find more positive ways of responding to life.

Approachable and compassionate, I help people understand their reactions to life situations and events, reducing anxiety and distress, and increasing self worth and personal independence.

Life constantly demands your attention, so it can be easy to forget you are a unique person with your own talents, aspirations and needs.  Your happiness depends not on events, but on learning to sail the tides of the mind.

Please take a look at my website for more information about my practice and how I work.  Or contact me now by email or telephone to find out more about how counselling can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

Humanistic Integrative Counselling.  My practice is informed by a variety of counselling models which enable me to tailor counselling to suit individual client needs.  The main approaches I use are Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and CBT.

Qualifications

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Experience

In addition to my private practice, I work part time for a social care organisation as a counselling assessor and have been a volunteer counsellor with Carers Support West Sussex for the past 5 years.  I have also been a volunteer supporter to participants on weekend residential courses for widows/widowers and divorcees, helping them to move forward and begin the next chapter of their lives.

Before I became a counsellor I worked as a manager in business, leading small and large teams.  Although my role had a specific business focus the wellbeing and support of each person in my team was important to me; especially during company re-organisations.  Helping people identify and understand the things which held them back, enabled them to change their situation and experience a more satisfying life.  This insight, together with my experience of personal life events, eventually led me to train as a counsellor.

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Fees

From £20.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer a free 15-minute telephone call with no obligation to book a session, so you can discuss your needs, ask any questions you may have and get a sense of me.

Initial Session (up to 50 minutes) - £20

One to One Counselling Session (50 minutes) - £45

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am - 6pm (excl Bank Holidays)

Thursday 9.30am - 12 noon

Some early evening appointments available

Further information

Telephone and Online Counselling

During the Covid 19 pandemic all counselling sessions are conducted either via telephone call or online using Zoom video conferencing.  To find out more about how I work with this mode of counselling, please visit my website and take a look at my Guide to Telephone and Online Counselling (click on "Useful Info" in the Menu).

Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Pauline Owen

Pauline Owen