Pippa Copleston MA, MBACP, UKCP
The Old Mill House
01825 729383 / 07930 301671
I am a qualified and BACP and UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist with almost 20 years of experience. I offer counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision in a comfortable, safe and confidential location in Uckfield. Your first session is at no charge. I work weekdays and can arrange evening appointments. Some concessionary spaces are available for low income/unwaged as well as for students on counselling courses. I am an approved provider for Aviva, BUPA and WPA health insurance companies, so your sessions may be eligible for payment through them.
How counselling can help
We all have times in our lives when we need that extra bit of support. Counselling is a way of finding someone trained and neutral to talk things over with, and this can help us to find solutions or different, more useful ways of coping. Often, even if there is the support of friends or family, those close to us can takes sides, or have an agenda, even if they don’t mean to. As your counsellor, I offer a safe, neutral and confidential way for you to look at those issues that are troubling you with fresh eyes, without judgement or blame. Please feel free to ask more about how I work before making an appointment, either by phone or email. There is more information about my approach below, too.
Integrative means that I am trained in a number of approaches, some psychodynamic and some humanistic. Again, don’t worry too much about what this means, but you may want to Google some of the approaches that inform my practice which, amongst others are:
- Person Centred
- Transactional Analysis
- Attachment theory
- Object Relations theory
- Family constellations
- Systemic theory
I also invite clients to use creative methods (ie sandtray, objects, pictures, art and mark making etc) if appropriate. You may or may not want to try this, it’s your choice entirely.
I keep up to date with new theory and thinking, and attend regular trainings and workshops throughout the year so that my thinking does not become “fixed” and/or outdated.
What to expect in your first session
Your first session is free of charge, and although it is more of an information sharing time, gives you the chance to meet me in person and decide whether you think I might be the right person for you. I will ask some basic details in our first telephone conversation, and the first session gives me the chance to know more about you and what brings you to counselling at this time. This is also an opportunity for you to find out more about me and the counselling process.
There is no obligation to continue after the first session. You may want to go away and think about it, you may want to book another session at the end. This is up to you. If you choose to continue, I usually suggest that we review our work after 6 weeks. You will have a better idea after this time whether you are noticing the benefits of the sessions, and we can then discuss where we go from there.
How Many sessions will I need?
This is probably the question I am asked the most, and the honest answer is that no one client is alike, and so estimating how many sessions are needed is almost impossible. However, should you decide to continue, there will be plenty of opportunity to review our progress. You are not tied in to the sessions, and I encourage people to be honest about their experience of the sessions. The sessions are for you and if you think you are not getting what you want from them, then it is fine to talk about that with me.
My practice is close to bus routes to and from Crowborough, Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne, with the bus stop about a 2 minute walk. There is a private car park immediately adjacent to my room.
There is 1 shallow step into the building, my room is ground floor and there is a wheelchair friendly toilet.
Occasionally, clients are unable to commit to a once weekly session because of work or some other long standing commitment. Providing we can meet at least once a month, I am able to offer sessions by Skype.
I am able to offer weekday sessions from 9am until 2pm during the day, as well as some weekday evening appointments from 4.30.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Experience
I completed my Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling in 1995 at Goldsmiths University, London. I then studied at The Minster Centre, London and have a Masters Degree in Integrative Humanistic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy validated by Middlesex University in 2003. This means that I am both a qualified counsellor as well as a qualified psychotherapist; my MA is made up of 2 years Counselling Diploma, 1 year Psychotherapy Diploma and 1 year Psychotherapy Masters. Don’t worry too much about the difference between counselling and psychotherapy, there is much debate about this. My particular training in Psychotherapy means that I trained also to work with people with more complex mental health problems, and therefore, my training was for 4 years in total rather than 2.
Since qualification, I have additional training and experience in Clinical Supervision, Couples, Children and Family Work as well as Online Counselling Provision.
I began clinical practice in January 1999, and have worked both privately and for other orgnisations for the past 17 years. These include Southwark Bereavement Care, Age Concern, Kings Cross, CluedUp Info, Crowborough, St Peter and St James’ Hospice Chailey. I currently work for Qwell, part of Xenzone, the UK’s leading provider of online counselling and support. For 5 years, I was a core tutor on a BACP accredited Integrative Diploma in Counselling course.
I am a UKCP (UK Counsel for Psychotherapy) registered, a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their codes and ethics, making my work accountable to a governing body. I am fully insured and have a current enhanced DBS check. In addition, I am BUPA registered.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Concessionary and student rates available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays: Daytime - First session available 9am last 2pm Some evenings: - First 4.30pm last 7,30pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been a clinical supervisor for almost 10 years, and offer supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors/psychotherapists, both individually and group.