About me

Life can be complex and difficult and the navigation of the tricky times can sometimes feel overwhelming, choosing to work with me will hopefully open up the possibility of seeing a clearer path forwards.  I will listen to all that you want to say without judgement but with kindness and consideration. The therapy session will be your time to be heard and supported.  It could be that you are feeling anxious and that unhelpful thoughts are getting in the way of your every day life.  Or maybe you feel depressed and lacking in motivation to engage with the world.  Some people come into counselling because life has taken an unexpected and difficult turn, talking about what is happening with an experienced counsellor like me, can be hugely beneficial.  If you come to see me, together we will unpack the difficulties and allow you the space and time to learn more about yourself and how things could be different.

I know that finding the right therapist can be challenge; it is helpful to find someone you trust and with whom you can build a relationship. I offer a discounted introductory session so that you have the chance to get to know me a little before starting therapy and check you feel comfortable.  I would also be happy to have a chat on the phone to discuss what I can offer. Give me a call 07771 506070.

Training, qualifications & experience

My original career was in advertising and during this time I worked for the Samaritans.  Having started my new career in 2011, I was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling by the University Of Brighton in 2016. I also have a certificate in online and telephone counselling.

I have considerable experience of working with those who have experienced pregnancy related loss. I have also worked in colleges as a school counsellor, so have specific experience of working with young people.  I work as a humanistic person centered counsellor and am experienced in working with individuals and couples.

I am a registered member of the BACP and I adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals. I am fully insured. I think it is important to keep learning and therefore make sure I attend as much professional development opportunities and training courses as possible.

Member organisations


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.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £50 per session for individuals and £60 for couples. I offer a discounted first session to make sure the everyone is comfortable.

I also offer a small number of low-cost counselling places per week - please contact me if this applies to you.


Daytime sessions available, and some evening.

Further information

I am back working a Covid secure setting at Hove Therapy rooms but will continue to offer online and telephone counselling.

Hove Therapy Rooms
Second Floor
69 Church Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Sarah Bailes

Sarah Bailes