Uckfield Counselling

Sue Starnes
Person-Centred Counsellor, Psychotherapist,
and Supervisor
07766 437823

  How I work

In counselling with me you will not be judged or told how you should be or what you should do, and I will seek to help you find more openness and acceptance of yourself and what you want from your life.

The first session: what to expect

I offer a free half-hour introductory session as an opportunity for us to have a chat, for you to ask any questions you may have - bearing in mind that there are no silly questions when it comes to counselling - and maybe for you to talk a bit about why you want to come for counselling. At the end of the half-hour we can book an appointment for another session, or you may want to go away and think about it first.

Then what?

If you do decide that you would like to work with me then we will talk about how often you would like to come. Each session lasts 50 minutes and we will usually meet once a week. At regular intervals (usually every six weeks) throughout our time together we will review the work we have done. This allows you to determine what it is you want to talk about, how often we meet, and how many sessions we have; it keeps you in charge of your counselling.

We will agree a 'contract' which is the structure upon which the counselling will be based. We'll talk about what happens if either of us has to miss a session, about confidentiality, what will happen if we happen to meet in, for example, Tesco - all the 'nitty-gritty' of the therapeutic relationship.

I work from my home in a tranquil, rural setting just outside Blackboys (between Uckfield and Heathfield). There is ample free parking and the counselling room is accessed via a path to the side of the house. For the initial session I will meet you outside at the agreed time. For subsequent sessions I will wait in the counselling room. Please telephone or email me for directions.

I am happy to introduce creative elements to the therapeutic process. Sometimes words are not enough and it can be useful to explore feelings using images, objects, sand tray, paint and crayons. It is always up to you whether or not you want to try working this way.


Confidentiality is essential in a counselling relationship - you need to know that I will not tell anyone what we talk about. Any issue about our work that I take to my supervisor is treated with the same high level of confidentiality.

However, if I feel you are at risk of seriously harming yourself, or hurting someone else, I may feel the need to break confidentiality by, for example, talking to your GP. If at all possible I would talk to you about what you want before talking with anyone else. In addition, I have a legal requirement to break confidentiality if you talk about, for example, terrorism.

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