• "It takes a very little key to open a very heavy door"



  • Integrative Humanistic Counselling with a Creative Core

    Taking that initial step through a newly opened door, can lead you down pathways you never imagined were possible......

    Turn the key and start your journey

  • About Me...


    My name is Stephanie Anderson, I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor working in the Sussex area. I trained at the Wealden Psychology Institute where I gained my BACP accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, and am currently studying for my Diploma qualification in Counselling Children and Young People Using the Creative Arts with Leeds Beckett University.


    These qualifications enable me to work effectively and ethically with a wide range of people, from young children and teenagers, right through to adults.


    I am a registered member of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and of Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and adhere to both of their ethical frameworks.


    I combine a variety of humanistic approaches and theories, such as Person Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, CBT and mix them with the core concepts of Erikson, Bowlby and Egan to create my own particular way of working.


    I genuinely believe that at the very heart of counselling , beyond the various approaches and interventions, lies the key that makes all the difference, that key is the relationship between a client and their counsellor. It is this relationship that forms the bedrock from which all manner of possibilities can flourish and grow.


    I strive to provide the right conditions to allow this unique relationship to take shape. I combine both empathy and congruence with a non judgmental attitude, whilst at the same time using creativity and skills from a variety of approaches. My goal is to work together to form an alliance that will give you the space and time you need to be truly heard. I work in partnership with my clients to help facilitate the changes that are needed and to restore balance back to their lives. For some this could very well be the first time they have spoken of issues that cause them pain and discomfort, my role is to actively encourage your own pace of work so that you genuinely feel in control, even when working on sensitive or difficult topics.


    I myself have always found that creativity mixes wonderfully well with counselling techniques, so I am able to draw upon my creative background and skills to provide a range of therapeutic interventions from sand-tray work and puppets, to art work and Russian dolls should my client feel they want to explore something a bit different.

    All creative work is either done on request of the client or is offered as a suggestion to compliment therapy work, and may only be done with my clients full permission.

  • Previous Training & Experience

    Below is a sample of my training and experience, this section is frequently updated as I regularly attend new training, seminars and workshops to enable me to continually update my professional development.

    I worked as a counsellor at the As You Are Centre in Southwick, where I provided counselling to a diverse mix of clients of all ages, genders, sexualities and races.


    I have previously done youth work as part of the YMCA Downslink Group through their Dialogue Therapuetic Services, working with young adults aged between 16 and 20 in a college setting.


    I also work creatively with children in primary school settings across East and West Sussex.


    I am a fully trained member of the ASIST Suicide Prevention Team and am able to work with suicidal idiation by using their pathway to assisting life (PAL) system.


    I have attended numerous trauma therapy training across a variety of locations and am particularly interested in working with trauma therapy approaches.


    I have experience of working creatively and have attended a variety of workshops specialising in sand-tray work, play therapy and creative interventions in the therapy room.


    Issues I am able to work with....

    • Abuse
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Bereavement
    • Child related issues
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • General counselling
    • Health related issues
    • Identity problems
    • Loss
    • Personal Development
    • Phobias
    • Relationships
    • Self Esteem
    • Self Harm
    • Sexual identity
    • Sexuality
    • Spirituality
    • Stress
    • Trauma

    Choosing the right counsellor for you can be an exhausting and difficult task, it's essential you take your time and don't feel rushed or pressured in to making any quick decisions. I offer a free initial consultation to meet and explore your needs and requirements and to look over the contract of work together.


    You are then free to take a copy of the contract away with you so that you can then make your decision as to whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you, with no presumptions or expectations.

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  • Questions Answered

    Here you will find the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions...

    How Much Will Counselling Cost?


    My fees are £40 per session, with counselling students (on an approved counselling course) available at £30


    I do offer a limited number of concessionary sessions for those experiencing financial hardship, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs, as I firmly believe everybody should be able to have access to counselling, regardless of circumstance.


    How long does counselling take?


    The time that counselling takes depends on a large number of factors, and varies from person to person. Each client's individual experiences and processes are different & unique.

    I offer both time limited and open ended sessions, where we work towards a contract that we have mutually agreed on.

    We frequently review so that we know our work is both purposeful and ethical


    How long are the sessions?


    I offer 50 minute sessions that are available on a weekly or fortnightly basis


    Where abouts are you?


    I work from a variety of locations in and

    around Brighton & Hove.

    • The Wilbury Clinic - Hove
    • Ralli Hall Centre - Hove

    (Disabled access is available at the Ralli Hall Site)


    Are my sessions confidential?


    Everything that happens within our sessions is kept confidential in line with BACP requirements. There are certain exceptional circumstances which I will explain in full during our initial session, for example if I feel that you may be at risk to yourself or others, I may work with you to seek more support, by referring to your GP or crisis team. However I would always seek to do this in a transparent and genuine way, working with you so that you are empowered to ensure your needs are fully met.


    What is supervision?


    I attend frequent supervision as a way to process information that I have received from client work.

    All client information is kept strictly confidential and any names are altered to maintain anonymity.


  • Contact Me...

    For any enquiries, or to book a consultation, please call or text me using the details given.

    Alternatively you can send me a message by completing the sections below:

    Willbury Clinic Hove
  • The Core Conditions

    The basis for my therapeutic work is centred around Carl Rogers three core conditions, these conditions are....


    I believe that to offer empathy to another human being is to offer a lifeline of acknowledgment. For me this is one of the stepping stones that helps to build the therapeutic relationship.


    Congruence, when put simply is honesty, and I strive to be as honest and open with my clients as possible. For me it really is the way forward. When you mix together congruence with appropriate ethical boundaries, what you create is a safe space to explore feelings and thoughts, where both client and counsellor feel respected.

    Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR)

    UPR essentially means that I will always strive to avoid casting judgments on clients, their circumstances, beliefs and behaviours. I am not saying this is easy, what I will say is that no one is perfect. Through my professional development I have increased my ability to separate the person from their actions and aim to see the person without judgment clouding our relationship.

  • Testimonials

    A selection of testimonials that beautifully sum up the experiences of previous clients....

    I was in a very dark place, I honestly couldn't see a way through, Steph became my lighthouse, she helped me find my way...."S"



    I always thought talking to friends was all a person needed to get them through the tough stuff, I was wrong, sometimes it takes something a bit more, Steph was my bit more..."A"


    The most helpful aspect of my experience with Steph was her warmth. Her words felt like a hug, one of those hugs that you get when you need them the most. Her empathy exceeded my expectations.


    Stephanie's knowledge and her way to share it helped me understand more than I thought I would. I started her sessions in order to find some tools to deal with a very stressful situation, and ended up killing all of my ghosts. - JG

    Taking the first step was hard, being honest about who I was was harder, the reward was worth the effort..."T"


    I felt in control throughout my experience and not once did I feel judged, thank you..."M"


    My experience with Steph opened my eyes and I can say it was a life changing process. Steph was able to guide me through a process in which I could understand my anger and lack of self esteem. I found the tools I needed to put an end to a cycle that used to dominate my feelings, thoughts and probably most of my actions.-J

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