• Home
  • >Steffi Bednarek

About me

I have been working as a Psychotherapist since 2004. I have specialist training in trauma therapy and work with complex trauma as well as depression, anxiety, bereavement and somatic issues. I am particularly interested in threshold moments, where things feel like they can't go on in the same way, whilst a new way has not yet emerged.

You can get a small sense of me by watching a short video on my website



• I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with senior accredited status. I worked for the NHS, including the Department of Psychiatry where I also provided Psychotherapy for adults with ADHD.

• As Head of Service, I have clinically, operationally and strategically managed psychotherapy and mental health services.

• In my work as a trainer and visiting lecturer,  I have worked for Universities, national and local Governments, the Council of Europe as well as for industry, NGOs and international help organisations.

• As a writer I have published nationally and internationally on mental health issues, leadership issues and on wider socio political issues that affect our wellbeing. I have been interviewed for a documentary by the BBC as well as the Huffington Post and regularly speak at conferences.


2021 Internal Family Systems Training

2018 Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors (Janina Fisher)

2013-2014 Working with complex personality disorders

2012-2013 - Post graduate certificate in leadership and management

2012-2013 - Somatic Trauma Therapy Training (Babette Rothchild - Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre)

2010 - Object Relational Gestalt Therapy training (Gilles Delisle)

2007 - Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

2002-2006 - Post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute)

1999 - Therapeutic Interventions with survivors of domestic violence (Ginette Larouche - Minsitry of Families Luxembourg)

1998-1999   - Post Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (European Institute of Grief Studies)

1998-1999 - M.A. in Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier)

1994- 1997 - B.A. Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier and University of Stirling)

In addition to that I have attended numerous short courses and training events on an ongoing basis since 1999

I am registered with Bupa, Aviva and other insurance companies.

H O W   I   C A N   H E L P   Y O U

I support clients to contain the troubling situation they are in so that the impact it may have on their life and their relationships is not spiralling out of control. We work together to identify what is needed to bring movement into a seemingly stuck situation and to find a way of integrating new behaviours into a more conscious and choiceful way of being. I believe that it is by connecting with our own potential and our inner resources that we heal, grow and expand.

Together, we explore current patterns and how they impact on your life and your relationships. Once you have become more fully aware of them and understand how you may actively maintain them, you can start experimenting with change. In the safety of the therapeutic relationship you may be willing to take the risk to express yourself more fully and feel yourself expand. From that place of awareness you can experiment with different behaviour. At that point you may see real change in your relationships and your environment and I will support you in finding a way to integrate this new way of being into your life.

I have witnessed many times what a profound difference this way of working can make to peoples' lives. That is why I am deeply passionate about my work.

O N   A   M O R E   P E R S O N A L   N O T E:

I was born in Germany, grew up in Luxembourg and have lived in the UK for over 16 years. I love to write, hike and kayak. I have a big interest in art, contemporary dance, performance and devised theatre. I spend a lot of time in nature and am currently learning about the medicinal properties of local plants.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior BACP accreditation
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
MA in Psychology and Social Policy
Diploma in Bereavement Counselling
Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Certificate in Supervision

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

I have a special interest in self-compassion and mindfulness and incorporate these approaches into my work. For more information on this please click here: http://www.self-compassion.org

Another area of special interest and experience is working with parents of children of all ages, supporting parents in the struggles of parenting.

Photos & videos


£85.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy

(50 minutes)                                £85 per session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

32 Church Road
East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages

German, Luxemburgish, French


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

If you and your client were animals, what kind of animals would you both be? What is happening and what is not happening between you? If the organisation you work for was a room, what would it look like? Would it be tidy, clean, big, small, messy? How does it feel to be in this room? As a supervisor I work with all orientations, including case workers, youth workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, teams and organisations.

View supervision profile

Steffi Bednarek

Steffi Bednarek