About me

I am a qualified and registered psychotherapist and counsellor with more than 20 years experience in NHS and private work. I have a practice in Hove East Sussex and also in Harley St London.

My core training is psychodynamic but my approach is informed by further integrative training. This allows me to offer my clients a versatile and individual package of therapy to work with them to help them find the best possible route through existing problems.

The counselling and psychotherapy I can provide can be either short term work which can be useful for working through current presenting difficulties. Longer term psychotherapy is offered to explore longer term issues which could be impacting on your life by the repetition of difficult behaviours and choices. Regardless of working short or long term my aim is the same, to create a safe therapeutic space to enable difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviors to be explored and considered to make any changes which will enable you to move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Master of Arts (MA) – Counselling and Psychotherapy (Thames Valley University)
  • Diploma of Higher Education -Psychodynamic counselling (University of Surrey)
  • BPS approved Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Accredited and registered member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy


  • C.B.T for alcohol and substance mis-use
  • HIV, hepatitis and vulnerable populations
  • Creative therapeutic communications with children and young people
  • Certificate in Egan’s solution focused training
  • Managing the impact of bullying
  • Supporting students who self-harm
  • Emotionally unstable personality disorders
  • Ethical issues in end of life care

My counselling career began in 1991 in the corporate world at British Airways, I worked with 24 hour crisis counselling and brief interventions for the short and long haul multi-cultural cabin crew community.

My NHS experience has included working in specialised adult services in HIV and Aids, and currently in renal services.

I have worked in various schools both junior and senior, and for many years in an independent girls boarding school. I have a particular interest in working with children from different cultures and backgrounds who may not necessarily have English as their first language.

I have also worked in Madrid, Spain, in private practice working with adults and children. Much of my work here included working with ex-pats as well as foreign nationals.

Organisations I have worked for include:

Roedean School, Brighton
British Airways PLC
NHS Community Team HIV/AIDS

Arun Counselling
Counselling Madrid
Sussex Central YMCA
Youth Advice Centre (Sussex)
NHS Royal Sussex University Hospital
HMP Lewes

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.


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender issues
Generalised anxiety disorder


Additional information

Fees for Individual counselling sessions £55.00
Fees for Couple counselling sessions £75.00
Fees for Supervision of Qualified counsellors £55.00
Fees for Student counsellors £45.00
Supervision for organisations is subject to discussion.

Fees for Individual counselling sessions £140
Fees for Couple counselling sessions £160
Fees for Supervision of Qualified counsellors £140
Fees for Student counsellors - fee scale can be discussed



Monday - Friday. Some early and late sessions may be available for individuals who work shift patterns or have a lengthy commute to work.

Further information

The practice in Hove is accessible by train and bus and payable parking bays are plentiful in the local area.

The Harley Street practice is situated very near to both Oxford St. and Regents Park tube stations and served by many bus routes. Paid parking bays are also available in Harley Street and within the surrounding areas.

Fees are charged based on 50 minute sessions and can be paid for in cash, cheque or BACS transfer.

Shirley Drive
East Sussex

127 Harley Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Sian Gallagher

Sian Gallagher