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UKCP Reg Psychotherapist and Supervisor

About me

Hi, I'm Pippa, a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor offering face to face, online and telephone sessions.

People come to counselling and psychotherapy for lots of different reasons. 

Clients have said that talking to someone objective, outside their daily lives, helps to make greater sense of problems they're facing.  Others have said just talking is a relief, and they feel the benefits of having a place to bring thoughts and feelings they don't feel comfortable talking about elsewhere.  It is a private space to bring whatever is important for you.

My role is to help you understand the meaning and value of what you bring with empathy, non-judgement, validation, and challenge where appropriate.  As well as helping you build awareness about unhelpful patterns and realise that you have the skills within you to make the changes you want.  The direction and length of therapy will be for us to work out together, I am guided by what you want and need.

I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues including (though not limited to) anxiety especially health anxiety, depression, long term health conditions,  change, loss and bereavement, relationship issues including affairs, betrayal, arguments and repeating patterns, childhood issues, abuse, difficulties in managing strong feelings including anger or grief, stress, and issues around identity.

If you'd like to discuss working with me, please call or email me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Memberships:

  • PTSTA (P) - Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst
  • Dip Sup - Diploma in Supervision
  • CTA (p) - Certified Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy
  • MBACP (accred)
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis Practise
  • Fully insured and DBS checked
  • UKCP - registered
  • UKATA - member and accredited
  • EATA - member and accredited
  • IARTA - member
  • Registered with Nuffield Health, Aviva, Axa PPP Healthcare, Healix and Vitality.

Extra Training:

  • Diploma in Supervision
  • Certificate in Working with Couples
  • Faith awareness training
  • Transgender awareness training
  • Mindfulness (both working with adults and children)
  • Duo counselling
  • Drug and alcohol awareness training for counsellors (60 hours)
  • Suicide awareness training
  • Harvesting, pruning and cultivating dreams
  • Interrupting child sexual exploitation
  • Impact of domestic violence on children and young people

I have experience working in corporate industries including banking, publishing, online editorial, fashion and PR.  I have also worked in formal and non-formal education (through charities) teaching singing, music, anti-bullying strategies and psychoeducation.

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.


UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Alcohol and substance misuse issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Ill health or ill health of a loved one
  • Loss including relationship break down, identity, redundancy etc.
  • Bereavement of a loved one or pet
  • Difficulties in childhood
  • Panic disorder
  • Issues around sex and sexuality
  • Confusion about direction or where to go next
  • Phobias incl. terrorism and agoraphobia
  • Abuse incl. physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and domestic violence
  • Difficulties managing feelings including anger, aggression, fear, worry and anger
  • Religion, spirituality and cult involvement


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please contact me directly regarding fees.

I offer online sessions using skype, zoom, and over the phone (Monday - Friday)

I have experience working with individuals for the short, medium and long-term online and face to face. A number of low-cost counselling spaces are available, these are for people suffering financial hardship so please speak with me on our initial contact.

When I work

I am working face to face at the moment but also offer online sessions using skype, zoom, and over the phone (Mon - Fri)

Further information


“I have been having therapy with Pippa for the last year. She brings a wealth of insight and experience which has been and continues to be immensely helpful. In therapy, it’s the careful unpicking of life experiences and the attention to detail which are crucial to understanding the past in terms of the present. Pippa has illuminated so many apparently small things which all add up to why I behave and feel the way I do. Added to this, she has a very warm and welcoming presence which makes it easy to engage with her.” Gemma

“Working with Pippa has activated something in me which has fundamentally shifted the way I understand myself, my relationships and my potential. She has received me, and the issues I have brought to therapy, with compassion and kindness at all times. Pippa has challenged me helpfully when appropriate and quickly identified and utilised ways to easily engage me; humour, visual descriptions and obscure film references. It's clear that the client / therapist relationship is at the heart of Pippa's practice, and I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone considering counselling.” D.T.

“By the time I sought help I was in a very bad place. However, I also knew with real hope, that it was the right time, with professional assistance, to start to learn about myself. Pippa is helping me to understand why I think and feel the way I do. We are looking at the negative behaviour patterns that contribute to my general unhappiness and disillusionment with life. I have also been learning to recognise the triggers that lead to a range of disproportionate emotional responses as well as an awareness of where they come from. Pippa is challenging yet kind. She routinely reminds me that my feelings are entirely normal. Her professional understanding of psychotherapy and obvious desire to help is extremely reassuring. She is a crucial voice of reason and understanding for me. I find sessions very flexible and I sometimes feel able to focus on the broader, bigger issues which lead me to a deeper level of knowledge. And sometimes I am simply lost in the ‘messy’ day to day stuff of a normal week. I find even talking those through can be very rewarding and mood alleviating and even eye-opening in their own right. Psychotherapy is hard work but as far as I am concerned it is a grown-up thing to do, it’s immensely rewarding, brave and above all - vital. This process will ultimately help me find greater fulfilment in life and to be a better person - not least for the benefit of those close to me. Thank you Pippa!” J.B.

Connexus Institute, 5 the Drive, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms



In person

I am a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst & have a Supervision Diploma enabling me to work with supervisees cross modality.

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