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About me

Depending on your needs and/or limitations during the COVID-pandemic, I offer face-to-face, online and phone counselling sessions. During lockdown, face-to-face sessions are not available.

At some stage in our lives we may all hit a low point or crisis. Depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, separation, bereavement, illness, relationship issues, work-related issues and other profound life challenges can leave us feeling sad, distraught, helpless or hopeless. Counselling can offer you confidential and safe space to talk. It supports you in developing ways to cope and improve things.

I am an experienced, qualified and BACP registered counsellor and work with a person-centred, integrative approach to meet your individual needs. I am also an associate member of ACTO, the Association for Online Counsellors and Therapists and ICO registered. I offer a free 30min 'getting-to-know' session where we can discuss what is bothering you and what you would like to get out of counselling. I will meet you with empathy, impartiality and without judgement and abide by the BACP and the ACTO Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I offer both short-term and long term work; day-time and evening appointments available. I work in private practice from modern, comfortable and easily accessible premises in West Worthing.

Choosing a fitting counsellor to work with can be daunting. Call or email me to arrange for an initial session to find out if you feel comfortable working with me. A 30-minute 'getting-to-know' session is free and without obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
  • MA in Cultural Studies
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (BACP compliant)
  • Training - working with psychiatric drugs (APPG & BACP)
  • UKATA - Transactional Analysis 101
  • Certificate in Systemic Coaching & Constellations
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Chichester
  • Certificate in Group Facilitation
  • Training with Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory
  • DBS checked & insured
  • ICO registered (no ZA700176)

Member organisations


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

Taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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£50 per counselling session; an initial 30-min 'getting-to-know' session is free and without obligation.


daytime and evening

phone and Zoom counselling available

face-to-face sessions not available during lockdown

Further information

Easy access with public transport; 5 mins from West Worthing train station and bus 700 and Pulse on Mill Road

Free on-street parking

West Sussex

Key details

Sign language
Other languages German (fluent speaker)
Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Susanne Barthelmes MA, MBACP (Reg) - Online and phone counselling

Susanne Barthelmes MA, MBACP (Reg) - Online and phone counselling