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About me

Although I am currently unable to offer face-to-face work with clients, I can offer counselling, psychotherapy and supervision on the phone or online.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, working in Rye, East Sussex.

As a therapist I try to be an effective listener, seeking to understand the world from your point of view and focussing on what is important for you. I offer a warm, safe and trusting space in which we can work together on making positive changes in your life.

I believe that many of the challenges we face in life are rooted in our unconscious minds, causing us confusion, anxiety, stress and depression. As we explore family histories, patterns of thought and behaviour, dreams and desires, we can come to a clearer understanding of what we really want and how we can best achieve it.

I have longstanding experience of helping people with their everyday lives. For the best part of 20 years as therapist I have helped over 1,000 clients with a huge range of issues from relationship difficulties, through gay sexuality to coping with addictions, life crises and bereavement. I have a special interest in spirituality and in working creatively with art, writing and photography. I offer Walking Therapy as an alternative to conventional face-to-face work in the consulting room.

I work from a convenient and attractive location in Rye.

The Elysian Centre is located at 18, Cinque Ports Street TN31 7AD in Rye town centre and a short walk from Rye station.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a UKCP-registered psychotherapist, holding Diplomas in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Supervision from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), London. My training introduced me to a wide range of psychological approaches, so that I can be flexible in the tools and techniques used in therapy, depending on your particular needs.

After ten years as a priest, I trained as a couples counsellor with Marriage Care and then as a counsellor and psychotherapist at CCPE, London. Alongside building a private practice in the City of London I spent 5 years as Gay Men's Sexual Health Counsellor at PACE, London. I also conduct supervision with individuals and groups and I have produced and presented workshops and retreats throughout the country.

I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2002 and my work was successfully audited by them in 2010.

I receive regular supervision of my work, which is conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

  • Couple counselling
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Creative Arts/ blocks
  • Decision-making and discernment
  • Dreamwork
  • Faith conflicts
  • Spirituality
  • Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Issues
  • Life crises
  • Midlife issues
  • Performing Arts
  • Creative blocks
  • Sex/Internet “addiction”
  • Sexual health
  • Supervision
  • Therapeutic use of photography

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Photos & videos



Individual counselling : £50 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling: £60 per 60 minute session
Supervision: £50 per session


Individual counselling : £80 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling: £100 per 60 minute session
Supervision: £70 per session

Further information

Some recent testimonials:

" I cannot thank you enough for the help you've given me. I understand myself so much better. I had been cynical about therapy at the beginning but within a few weeks, I realised it was already beneficial and I really cannot believe how far I've come."

" I felt you created an atmosphere of acceptance and a safe, non-judgemental space. I felt listened to."

"My situation has improved thanks to talking to you which gave me the confidence to take some action to improve things for myself. "

The Elysian Centre
18 Cinque Ports Street
East Sussex
TN31 7AD


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Monday and Tuesday daytime and evening. (Wednesday and Thursday in Central London)

Types of client

Older adults


The BACP suggests a minimum recommendation for counsellors of 1.5 hours of supervision per month, depending on the number of clients seen.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Stephen Weaver, MA, BD, UKCP Registered

Stephen Weaver, MA, BD, UKCP Registered