South Downs Counselling And Mediation Practice

South Downs Counselling And Mediation Practice

South Downs Counselling And Mediation Practice
Church View
Knockhundred Row
West Sussex
GU29 9DQ

07717 716602

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South Downs Counselling And Mediation Practice
Church View
Knockhundred Row
West Sussex
GU29 9DQ

07717 716602

About us

South Downs Counselling & Mediation Practice is a group of professional, very experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and mediators, collaborating to provide a comprehensive service to individuals, couples and families who are facing a wide range of difficult issues. The consulting rooms in Midhurst are comfortable and private, and morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available.
Our priority is to ensure we meet the needs of our clients, and we use our professional experience to ensure that you see the right counsellor, psychotherapist or mediator for your particular needs.
The services we offer are

Individual Counselling short, medium and long-term counselling for issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, life changes, long-term illness, cancer, low self-esteem, bereavement, loss and much more.
Hypnotherapy short-term focused work, sometimes combined with counselling, on issues such as fears and phobias, weight loss, stopping smoking, addictions, addictive behaviours, depression, lack of confidence and much more.
Couple/Relationship Counselling short and medium-term counselling for all couples who are having relationship difficulties, or individual problems that impact on the relationship and family. Domestic abuse is an issue for both women and men in couple relationships, and both couple therapists are qualified to work in this area.
Psychosexual Therapy therapeutic work with individuals and couples who are experiencing physical and psychological sexual problems, regardless of whether they are single, married, divorced, heterosexual, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Family Counselling short and medium-term counselling for adults experiencing relationship problems within the family. As well as parents with older or adult children, family counselling is also available for adult siblings, and wider family relationships in difficulty.
Young Persons' Counselling sessions for children and teenagers who are experiencing problems at home and at school, especially when parents are having relationship problems or are separating and divorcing.
Separating Parents sessions focusing on the practical and emotional process of separating, how to tell the children and how to create a continuing cooperative co-parenting relationship.
Family Consultancy The Family Consultant provides emotional and practical support for individuals, couples and their families as they manage what can be the very painful and stressful process of separation and divorce  The Family Consultant works alongside the couple's solicitors and is an impartial presence in divorce negotiations.    
Family Mediation for separating and divorcing couples who wish to make their own decisions about the future of their children, finances, property and any other areas of conflict, with the reassuring presence of an impartial mediator.
Wider Family Issues Mediation As families evolve after divorce, with new families being established and existing families changing shape, new tensions may occur, new arrangements may need to be negotiated. Family mediation can help with managing the demands of these different relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

Judith Macdonald-Lawson BACP Accredited Relationship Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Family Mediator (FMA) and a Resolution Accredited Family Consultant. Judith taught Secondary School science for 10 years, before studying to become a Couples Therapist. She has a Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship and Couples Therapy. She worked for Relate for 10 years as a Senior Couples Counsellor, Relateen Counsellor, Family Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist. She is trained as Family Mediator with the Family Mediators Association and chooses to co-mediate with colleagues from both legal and therapeutic backgrounds. Judith is also a Resolution-Accredited Family Consultant, working with Collaborative Family Lawyers in the area.

Emma Thomason is a highly experienced and qualified Relationship Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Family and Adolescents Counsellor, who has worked for Relate for over 13 years. She has also worked in a variety of other settings with couples and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Emma has a BA(Hons) in French and German and a Postgraduate Diploma in Couple Therapy (psychodynamic and systemic). Emma offers short and longer term counselling for individuals, couples, families and young people in which she uses an integrated approach according to the needs of each client.

Paula Chuter Baker has a BA(Hons) in Counselling and is a BACP Accredited Humanistic Counsellor with many years' experience working within the NHS, both in GP surgeries and hospitals, the voluntary sector and private practice. She works with a wide range of issues, such as stress, depression, anxiety, illness, low self-esteem and bereavement, primarily using a Person Centred model. However, she also integrates other ways of working - Solution-Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguisitc Programming (NLP) and Transactional Analysis (TA) to meet the needs of the individual clients.

Dr Ellie Birtley qualified as a Sexual Health Doctor in 1995, completed her Membership with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine in 2002 and became a member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine in 2002. She attained the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy in 2016, and is a member of COSRT. In her NHS work, she sees patients with sexual health problems, and provides Psychosexual Therapy to clients with physical and psychological sexual difficulties in her private practice. Ellie's experience means that when an individual or couple presenting with sexual difficulties consults her, she can understand fully the causes of their sexual problems and to help to untangle the knot of physical, emotional and socio-cultural factors at play.

Vivienne Shanahan has over 20 years' experience of working with individuals. She has an MA in Coaching and Mentoring, a Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Psychology and has trained in NLP, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Integrative Psychotherapy. Vivienne has worked with individuals and groups in industry and taught at Oxford Brookes University. Vivienne's practice encompasses hypnotherapy, counselling and coaching and she uses a wide range of approaches depending on the problem and the preferences of the individual. Vivienne is accredited by the National Counselling Society and the National Hypnotherapy Society.

Annie Sneller trained as a Community Mediator in 2003 after working as a Community Nurse for many years. She has a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies from Birkbeck University, trained as a Family Mediator in 2011 and holds an NOCN Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation Skills. Annie has been a member of the College of Mediators since 2008 as an Approved Mediator and as a Professional Practice Consultant. She sat on their Professional Standards Committee from 2010-2014. Annie has worked extensively in schools setting up Peer Mediation programmes with Peaceworks, and currently works as an independent practitioner for training and development of peer mediation, mediation and consultancy.

Ali Meyrick has a BA in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, a Life Coach, a Creative Arts and Play Therapist and a Supervisor. She has many years of experience working with children and young people in state primary and secondary schools, the independent sector and centres for young people. Her experience has enabled her to fit her approach of therapy to that of the individual child or young person. Depending on the age of the child or young person she uses creative arts and stories to explore feelings, whilst older children can benefit from a psycho-educational approach to help them understand and normalise their thoughts.

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Individual Counselling                                        
  £40 – £60 per 50 minute session

Hypnotherapy                                                         £60 per session

Relationship Counselling                                   From£60.00 per 50 minute session

Young People's Counselling                                 From £60 per 50 minute session

Family Counselling                                               From£60.00 per 50 minute session

Separating Parents                                                 £60.00 per 50 minute session

Family Consultancy                                               £80.00 per hour

Psychosexual Therapy                                           £50 per session Individuals
                                                                                  £65 per session Couples

*Payment for all sessions is due at the end of each session, either by cash or cheque
*For cancellation within 24 hours of appointment, the full cost of session is payable

Family Mediation

Initial meeting (MIAMS)                                           £60 per one hour Individual session
                                                                                £100 per one hour Couple session

Further joint mediation sessions                         £200 per hour
(to include a written summary of the session)

Preparation of Memorandum of Understanding £200
Open Financial Statement                                  

*Payment for all sessions is due at the end of each session, either by cash or cheque
*For cancellation within 24 hours of appointment, £100 is payable


Further information

Contacting us

If you would like to contact Judith, Emma, Paula, Ellie, Vivienne or Annie

To contact one of the team at South Downs Counselling and Mediation Practice, please ensure you put the name of the counsellor or mediator at the start of your email query. They will respond to your query as quickly as possible. Otherwise, your enquiry will be directed to the most appropriate member of team.

Maps & Directions

Midhurst, GU29 9DQ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


There are counselling and mediation appointments from 8am to 8pm on weekdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults