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About me

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To hear me talking, check out my short introductory video below.

As a quick summary;
I offer online counselling using Zoom, instant messaging or email and I also provide counselling by telephone. Each 50 minutes session is £45.
- My specialism is in gender, sexual and relationship diversity
- I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, using a Transactional Analysis approach. See below for what this is.

What you can expect from me
The warm and professional way I work has developed from a genuine passion I have always felt in supporting the wellbeing of others. It is of the utmost importance to me to provide counselling to people that is honest, open and trustworthy. From this I hope to create a safe, supportive space, allowing you to come to terms with who you are, where you’ve been, where you are and where you want to go to.

I am always conscious of respecting people’s boundaries. Yet counselling does involve gently challenging how someone thinks, feels and behaves. So, I will think about what I say, keeping in mind the importance of you feeling protected in the counselling space, whilst also inviting you to consider responding and reacting to life differently. After all, people often come to counselling to change how they think, feel or behave.

A place and space to grow
You will have the space to talk in confidence, openly and freely. To be yourself. I will listen carefully to what you say and will not judge you. Being seen and appreciated as you share your personal life is extremely powerful. It is as if the very essence of who you are is being validated and that is enormously important to me. I believe we all have unique identities and developing a good understanding of our self can have a hugely positive impact on healthy self-belief and self-worth. At the core of my work as a counsellor, is my belief in nurturing and encouraging the development of a strong and healthy identity.

Though the focus is always on you, I will use open communication to gently tell you how I am impacted by what you say. This powerful relational style of counselling can provide you with important knowledge about you as a person and the impact you have on others. This helps to develop greater self-awareness.

Supporting the LGBTQ community
I am LGBTQ+ affirmative. I passionately support the LGBTQ community, having worked with many people on their gender, relationship and sexual diversities. I understand the benefit and sometimes the need to talk to someone that is from the same community. This is because there is a shared understanding and belief in what is being talked about, which helps create and build the necessary feeling of trust and safety in the counselling relationship.

Transactional Analysis is a proven counselling approach
The core concepts of TA are easy to understand and can be used extremely well to make sense of who you, the relationships you have with others and the life you are leading. Using TA, we will explore your past and present, such as your experience as a child, what you learnt from others and how this affected who you are today. Doing this allows you the opportunity to make new decisions that are appropriate to today. Decisions that will affect and have an impact on how you want to live and be in your life.

My Professional accreditation
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I am a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) and I am on the UKATA committee for diversity and social responsibility. I have an enhanced DBS record check.

Training, qualifications & experience

Besides having my own private practice and business at Acorn Counselling Therapy, I am a counsellor with Mindout, a charity in Brighton. This has resulted in me working with many clients from the LGBTQ community.

I worked for the Brighton and Hove branch of Samaritans for 5 years. I was a listening volunteer supporting people who were suicidal or in emotional distress on the phone, by email and by text. I was a leader who took great care to ensure the wellbeing of other volunteers was promoted. I worked as a Deputy Director for Recruitment and Selection of new volunteers, looking after a team of people who ensured the best possible applicants were recruited to support people who desperately needed Samaritans support.

I am a Mental Health Ally at the Ministry of Justice, supporting the mental health needs of the people that I work with in courts in Sussex and Surrey. I provide a listening ear to people and signpost where necessary to organisations that can offer support. I have used my knowledge and experience to engage and present at a national level with employees of the Ministry of Justice about identity, mental health and the LGBTQ community.

I am an accredited member of UKATA, the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis. I am a member of UKATA's Diversity and Social Responsibility committee.

Qualifications and Training;

General Certificate in Online Counselling - OLT

Diploma in Counselling - The Link Centre

Advanced Counselling Skills - The Link Centre

BSc (Hons) Psychology - The Open University

BA (Hons) Music - University of Leeds

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.


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • LGBTQ issues
  • Identity issues
  • Trans Identity
  • Gender queer
  • Non-binary
  • Health and illness

Photos & videos


Firstly, it's important to have a short conversation about what you would like counselling for. This can be done through a 15 minute phone call or by instant messaging. Or we can exchange emails. There is no charge for this.

The initial session is £20 for 50 minutes. This gives us the first opportunity to get to know one another. You will have the chance to ask me questions about the way I work and get a sense of whether I am the right person for you to have counselling with. There is no obligation to continue.

Sessons are usually weekly at the same time and cost £45 for 50 minutes. The amount of sessions can be for a short period like 6, 12 or 18 weeks or ongoing for longer term counselling.

I ask that fees are paid by bank transfer before each session.

Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions. I will get back to you within 24 hours.


Current availability for counselling sessions are Wednesday from 12pm, Friday evenings from 6pm and Saturday mornings.

East Sussex

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


Peter Golder - Dip. Couns , BSc (Hons), LGBTQ Counselling

Peter Golder - Dip. Couns , BSc (Hons), LGBTQ Counselling