Sheila Pope (Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Reg. MBACP)

Sheila Pope (Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Reg. MBACP)

Burgess Hill
West Sussex

07792 100390

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About me

What is counselling?

I am passionate about understanding how the jigsaw puzzle pieces of relationships fit together; what happens when we have contact, how does my behaviour impact on you, what effect do you have on me?  I want to understand why our puzzle pieces have their particular shape, how we fit together and what benefits that fit gives us. Counselling is a place to explore these and many other questions; it gives you the chance to find out about yourself, the choices you've made, your relationships with others and with yourself. Once you've discovered more about who you are and how you fit in the picture, you can decide whether you want to redesign your piece of the puzzle.

How counselling can work for you:

I work with adults one-to-one either short-term or long-term.  A few sessions can highlight what's going wrong in your relationships and causing you anxiety or depression and start you thinking about what you want out of life and how to get your needs met.  Working over a longer period will enable you to understand more deeply why you relate to others in a particular way and how your problems developed in the first place. This means you'll be better able to support yourself when you make changes in the future.  Long-term work is also suited for those who want to learn more about themselves and their patterns of behaviour, thinking and feeling or who just want to take stock at a particular stage of their lives.

My summerhouse consulting room is located in a peaceful and secluded rear garden. Once we agree on what we're working towards, we can chose to hold our sessions outdoors in a natural setting using one of the local green spaces.

About me

I am a registered member of the BACP in private practice since 2003.  I am insured and receive regular supervision; I maintain a continuing professional development programme.  I am the Secretary to the committee of Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy, a local body of practitioners.  I worked in a hostel for the homeless for 4 1/2yrs and provided counselling services at a support centre for people with learning disabilities for 2 1/2yrs.

What to do next:

If you want to explore what counselling can do for you, please contact me. We will arrange to meet for an initial assessment session to see if we feel comfortable working together.  We can then decide how many sessions we feel is appropriate for you. Daytime and some evening appointments are available, also an early Saturday morning appointment.  I can arrange sessions through Zoom during the coronavirus lockdown.

You can find out more about my practice on my Facebook page here:

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are:

-  CPCAB Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling (2002)
BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2003) - integrative model
-  Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis Theory (2013)
-  In total, 4 years' training in Transactional Analysis theory and practice (including a year's psychotherapy training)

Transactional Analysis is a set of theories which can be used to help us understand our behaviour, thoughts and feelings.  I am happy to share TA ideas with you so that you can use these tools to understand yourself better and make up your own mind about making the changes you wish to see in your life.

I worked for 4 1/2yrs as a volunteer at a hostel for the homeless and have been in private practice since 2004.  I provided the counselling services to clients at a local centre offering support to adults with learning disabilities from Sept 2015 to March 2018.  I also ran a Death Cafe for two years with a friend (

I have also taken training in Ecotherapy - working with clients outdoors in a natural setting.  In 2020 I'm planning to run outdoor workshops where participants can explore their issues and take time to learn about their own way of being in a natural setting.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Ecotherapy - exploring your connection to the natural world.  We can get so overwhelmed with work, families and our busy lives that we forget how to simply “be”. It can be easier to discover and connect to ourselves again when we feel the ground under our feet and feel the wind on our faces.
  • Death - it can be so hard to discuss this with those closest to us.  You can use your counselling sessions to explore what life and death mean for you and how to make the most of your future.

Photos & videos

  • Summerhouse
  • Summerhouse


I charge £20 for an initial assessment session of (50mins); this will enable us to decide if we are comfortable working together.  Further 50min sessions cost £45.  Payment can be made at each session (in cash or by cheque) or monthly by bank transfer.

Further information

I co-facilitated a Death Cafe ( for two years in the Mid-Sussex area.  These meetings gave participants the chance to say the unsayable - those things which their nearest and dearest couldn't or didn't want to hear.  None of us lives for ever - how does knowing that fact affect how you live?  What do you regret from your past?  How will you spend the time still available to you in the future?  How can you live today, in the present, so that you will look back in your last days and be content with how you lived your life?  Facing your mortality can give you a new perspective on life, helping you to decide how you want to live in the here and now - while you still can.  We can explore these things in our counselling sessions - this could be your chance to make changes that will bring fulfilment to your life, before it's too late.

Maps & Directions

Burgess Hill, RH15

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Car parking is available on the road outside my house. I am 10 minutes' walk away from either Burgess Hill or Wivelsfield train stations.


Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the day. Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm and Saturday mornings at 9am.

Types of client

Older adults
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