Sarah Murphy Fdsc MBACP

Sarah Murphy  Fdsc MBACP

69 Church Road
East Sussex

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69 Church Road
East Sussex

About me

Hello, I am a qualified person-centred counsellor, offering confidential individual and couple therapy from a comfortable therapy room based in Hove. I would like to offer you the time and space to help you work through whatever issues you are facing in your life now or have experienced in the past which are possibly causing you unhappiness, anxiety, depression, leaving you feeling like you’re stuck or have little options.

What I offer as a person-centred counsellor in a session is non-judgement, openness and honesty. I will stay at your pace as it is your choice what you would like to share, all in a confidential setting.

Counselling Approach and how it works

Person-centred is a therapy based on the belief that every individual has the capacity to be forward moving and make positive changes to their life as well as their outlook upon it. This can be hard at times to see a way out of a dark place you are maybe in, but I feel having someone non-biased to hold you and help you along your way can be very encouraging to get your strength back and to help you gain a change of perspective.

What Person-Centred counselling offers is Empathy (myself getting into your world, putting myself in your shoes to see and understand your life from your perspective) Unconditional Positive Regard ( To regard you as you are, making no judgements or assumptions and being accepting of you as a person) and Congruence ( being open, honest and with you in the moment, sharing and offering you what I am seeing and hearing which you may not recognise in yourself.

A little bit about me...

I finished school and started a job as a manager of temporary accommodation for the homeless.
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 wellbeing such as A.S.I.S.T, safeguarding, equality and diversity, mindfulness and transactional analysis to continue with my continuing professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 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

Counselling experience

I have years of experience in counselling, with couples, individuals, as a volunteer counsellor at Care for the Carers, a charity run organisation and as a counsellor in private practice. I also have work experience as a Recovery worker supporting individuals with their mental health well being.

Areas of counselling I have experience in

I have had sessions with clients about anxiety, depression, anger management, Marriage issues, relationship issues, stress, sexual relationships, bereavement, family issues, negative thoughts. Low confidence and low self esteem.

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Individual Counselling:- £40 per 50 Minute session
Couples Counselling :- £60 per hour session

I offer the first initial assessment session for £30 for yourself to get a sense if you would feel comfortable working with myself 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 confidential.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 2BB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I'm available evenings during the week and Friday's 10am - 5pm

Types of client

Older adults