William Fley, MA, PG. Dip, MBsS, MBACP Accredited

William Fley, MA, PG. Dip, MBsS, MBACP Accredited

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

01730 624486 / 07802 841444

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

01730 624486 / 07802 841444

About me

Welcome to my therapy page.

Areas that I work with include:

  • Living with pain, illness and living well, using mindfulness-based approaches
  • Depression, using mindfulness-based approaches
  • Men's issues such as addiction, intimacy, life changes and challenges
  • Issues of spirituality: crisis and integration
  • Issues of difference: belonging & identity
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Absent fathers: the effects
  • Diversity, race and ethnicity
  • The forgiveness model

I provide solution focused short term therapy and long-term counselling and psychotherapy.  I am fully accredited by the BACP, and am a BPS graduate member.

I am skilled in the following therapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Psychodynamic Therapy; Humanistic counselling; Mindfulness-based approaches; and Integrative Psychotherapy.

I have 2 consulting rooms, one in Midhurst and one in the New Forest. In addition, I also offer an online counselling service, together with telephone and skype sessions which are more flexible and therefore can be tailored around your lifestyle.

  • What is counselling and its benefits ?

Counselling is a unique time to engage in a process which can cultivate clarity and help to unravel life's crises. For example, being separated from those we love and care about - whether through divorce or bereavement - can trigger a cycle of depression, anxiety, wrong decisions, substance abuse, vulnerability and years of indecisiveness and negative spirals. The therapeutic process cultivates awareness and insight and nurtures real change.

Therapy is an opportunity to identify areas where we feel blocked, over-whelmed and unable to make sense of life.The counselling relationship is a partnership to carry out an honest and internal investigation in a gentle, compassionate and non-judgemental way. It is an opportunity to be fully present with who we are, to understand how our minds and relationships work and function.

Thank you


Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Birkbeck College. University of London.
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology. Richmond American International University, London.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent's College, London.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Surrey.
  • Breathworks : Mindfulness teacher (2015-2016).
  • Oxford Mindfulness Centre summer school 2016.

Professional memberships:

  • MBACP (full accredited membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • UKRCP (United Kingdom Register of Certified Practitioners)
  • APA (American Psychological Association - International affiliate)
  • BPS (British Psychological Society) Graduate member

I am also the founder of the www.meditationcircle.co.uk and www.mnpc.co.uk

Continuing further development with Breathworks and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have always looked at adversity and challenges as opportunities for growth, and as part of life's lessons. Having had a number of challenges and obstacles in my life, such as searching for purpose and meaning, I have had to conquer an unusual array of challenges. This takes time, determination, various resources and support, self-belief, creativity, and a helpful guide to navigate through life's often muddy waters.

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Counselling sessions from  £40 to £60 or for individuals.

Mindfulness sessions £40 /session

£70 for couples counselling

I hold a few places for people with low income who are struggling

I am able to undertake counselling via Skype and telephone.

Sessions are 50 minutes. or in 30 mintues segments for skype.

Arrangements are made to suit the needs of the client, but most clients have weekly sessions.

The first step is an initial assessment of your needs to determine whether counselling and psychotherapy is right for you. The assessment session is 1.5 hours.

Our counselling sessions take place on a one-to-one basis at my private clinic, and last for 50 minutes.

The aim of counselling is to create a safe, non judgmental, compassionate environment. All discussions are confidential, and I am bound by the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice.

There is no minimal time set for counselling; the amount of sessions are normally discussed early in the sessions, but this normally depends are your specific situation.

Further information

My training and experience

I worked for Victim Support for 10 years helping people to adjust and rehabilitate their lives has a tragic or life changing incident. This involved a very holistic approach to therapy and thinking outside the box. I believe every step forward is a step towards our goals and ultimately the life that is waiting for us. Recently begun  working with the legacy of absent fatherhood and the long lasting effects that can bring into out lives.

I worked with the NHS for a few years, 'Sutton Hospital' bereavement proving group therapy and one-to-one counselling for parents who had lost their children, and many other types of grief and loss. I found looking at life from the perspective of loss is helpful. But mindfulness has helpful me to look at maximising human potential and overcoming and managing  obstacles such as depression, stress and anxiety.

I have spent a great deal of my adult hood in monastic life and this type of vocation and training has helped to inform and strengthen my understanding what a gift life truly is and how every decision, thought and feeling can be changed, improved and healed.

Repeating and restoring lives through mindfulness, counselling and a holistic approach has meant at times working very intensely, long or short term and spiritual guidance.

Maps & Directions

Midhurst, GU29 9DQ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Spanish


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

This can be arranged. Please enquire. Home visits are also possible.


Session times vary. Please enquire for details. I also work on Skype and by telephone.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme