Sarah Murphy Fdsc MBACP

Sarah Murphy  Fdsc MBACP

East Sussex

About me

Hello, I am Sarah and I am a qualified and a BACP registered Person-Centred Counsellor.

I can offer you a warm and empathic counselling approach, within a lovely therapeutic room based in Hove.

I am a strong believer that each of us is the expert regarding our own thoughts, feelings, emotions and everyday processes. You may well have a strong sense of what you are currently struggling with, but you maybe cannot name or understand it right now. You know what it is that you do not want to feel or experience in your life anymore, but you maybe do not know how to go about making the necessary changes, or even where to begin.

Sometimes, issues, events and situations from our past or present can stay with us and end up negatively impacting our well-being today. Are you experiencing difficulties that are currently having an impact upon your relationships, job, happiness, well-being and everyday life?

It is important to have psychological space, without feeling judged, for us to be able to explore what it is that that may be negatively impacting our lives. My training and experience has taught me that I can help others by offering an empathic, non-judgemental and non-directive approach. I will work with you at your pace, and with the issues that you feel comfortable sharing. I will support you by helping you to make sense of why you feel the way you do, and to discover what it could be that has triggered your current emotions, thoughts and feelings.

The fundamental belief of the person-centred approach is that each of us has the potential to progress forward, to make positive changes and to gain a clearer perspective of ourselves and our lives. This goal is supported by the therapeutic relationship built and created between the counsellor and client. I will offer you a safe, supportive, non-judgemental, professional approach that will value you as an individual.

A little bit about me...

Soon after finishing school, I became a manager of temporary accommodation for individuals and family's experiencing homelessness.
I met many diverse people from all walks of life with all different stories, backgrounds and life experiences to share. I was in this position for three years and it was during this time that I realised I wanted to train to become a Counsellor.

I went on to complete two Counselling courses at Sussex Downs College, named, Introduction in Counselling Skills and Intermediate Counselling.

I later went on to complete a Foundation Degree in FdSc Person-Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton and from this I have attended many training courses through my job as a Recovery Worker in mental health such as A.S.I.S.T, safeguarding, equality and diversity, mindfulness and transactional analysis to add to my continuing professional development.

I am also a qualified trainer and have developed and delivered mental health awareness training within a mental health organisation and to external charitys'.

I have worked in private practice for over five years, where I have offered individual and couple counselling. I am passionate about mental health and Counselling. There is nothing more satisfying and rewarding than to witness clients I work with, grow, gain a new perspective and make positive changes to their life and mental well-being.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • April 2018 Introduction to CBT                                                                                  The Link Centre  
  • August 2017 Transactional Analysis 101
    The Link Centre

  • June 2017 Eating Disorders Training
    Sussex Partnership

  • May 2017 Introduction to Personality Disorder and Schema Training Sussex Partnership

  • February 2017 Introduction to Psychodynamic
    Sussex Partnership

  • January 2017 STEPPS (Systems Training For Emotional Predictability And Problem Solving)
    Sussex Partnership

  • June 2015 ASIST. Applied suicide Intervention Skills Training
    Grassroots 2 day Workshop

  • 2009-2012 Foundation Degree in Science in Person-Centred Counselling
    University Of Brighton. Studied at Sussex Downs College

  • 2007-2008 Counselling Skills Programme - 9 Credits at Level 2 & 9 Credits at Level 3
    Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne

  • 2007-2007 Introduction to Counselling - 3 Credits at Level 1 Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne

  • Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Working towards accreditation.
  • I am a fully insured Counsellor

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My fundamental framework and approach is Person-Centred, but I also integrate other approaches into the counselling sessions where appropriate. The other approaches I have had training and certificates in are CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) T.A (Transactional Analysis) and Mindfulness.

Photos & videos

  • Therapy Room


Individual Counselling : £40 for 50 Minute session
Concessions available to student counsellors : Please contact me for further details

I offer the first initial assessment at a reduced fee of £30.

The initial assessment is for you to get a sense if you would feel comfortable working with me and for me to assess if I can meet your needs.

Please feel free to get in touch with myself through email, text or phone call. I will respond as soon as possible and please note that all methods of contact are strictly confidential.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I'm available Mon -Thurs 5pm - 8pm and Friday's 10am - 5pm

Types of client

Older adults