Counselling & Play Therapy in Sussex

Calm Farm offers counselling services in Bexhill, Sidley, Hastings and Eastbourne.

We have a network of fully qualified male and female counsellors and Play therapists on our team, all whom are fully qualified and members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP. The counsellors each have specialist experience of working with children, young people and adults. We run a rapid response service at Calm Farm and will make sure a counsellor can see you for your first initial assessment within one week.

How can counselling help you?

Counselling in SussexCounselling for adults can help you explore and work through many different issues such as relationships issues, post natal depression, addictions, bereavement, problems at work or college, stress, anxiety, depression, coping with traumatic experiences, abuse, bullying, sexual problems, managing emotional or physical pain, loneliness & isolation, confidence problems and many more. It is a process where you (the client) can talk in confidence about issues that are concerning you, with the skilled attention of a counsellor, in a safe supportive environment.

We offer short and longer term one to one counselling which is available on a sliding scale of fees, depending on affordability. Please contact us to book an initial appointment.

Counselling for children & young people

Counselling for children & young peopleWe aim to help children and young people achieve in their lives, gain a greater sense of well-being and to work through personal difficulties that may be holding them back.

Our skilled therapists can work with the child or young person individually or provide therapy for the family. She/he will use a range of different therapeutic methods to engage children and young people and help them to open up in a safe and confidential environment. If you are a parent or guardian please phone our centre to talk to an advisor.

If you are calling from a school, college or any other institution and are interested in using our services with your pupils and learners, please contact us for a Counselling Service information pack, to discuss your requirements and look at how we can develop a cost effective service that will meet your needs.

Play therapy

Play therapy can take on many different forms which will encourage the therapeutic process in a more relaxed, creative and nonintrusive way.

It is generally used with children aged 3 through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. This approach is common to young children.

Some of the therapeutic tools that are often used in play therapy are:

  • Creative Visualisation
  • Art
  • Story telling
  • Sand tray
  • Puppets

Employee Assistance Programme

Our team of counsellors can also be available to support professionals in their place of work or within our private clinical practice.

Calm Farm’s counselling service will help employees manage personal and work related issues which can increase efficiency and commitment, reduce costs due to stress and absence and improve overall business performance. Calm Farm can also benefit managers and staff through access to our training and consultancy program in the areas of employee relations, customer services, human resources and other management concerns.

For more information on our individually tailored Employee Support Service please enquire by phone or email.

Support group

‘Ways of being’. A supportive, personal development group for adults who have experienced abuse as a child. This is a six week program lead by qualified counsellor Stephanie Chamberlain. For more information please contact us either by email or phone.

Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision is available for organisations and individual practitioners by an accredited member of the BACP. Please call for further information and available appointment times.

How much does counselling cost?

  • Adult/Young person counselling is £40-£50 per 50 minute session.
  • The first initial assessment is £50.
    (Reduced may sometimes be available for people on a low income).
  • Couple counselling is £60 per 50 minute session.
  • The first initial assessment is £60.
  • Child counselling/Play therapy is £40 – £50 per 50 minute session.
  • The first initial assessment is £50.


Everything you discuss with your therapist will be kept confidential. Written notes will be stored securely and name protected for anonymity. There are however certain legal exceptions with regard to confidentiality (e.g. Child Protection or criminal activity) or where there is risk of serious physical harm to yourself or another (if possible this will be discussed with you before taking any action). Matters of confidentiality will be clarified with you prior to the establishment of any agreed contract for working.

Safe & Ethical practice

The therapists adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Ethical Framework for Good practice. This can be viewed at BACP. The therapists attend regular monthly supervision to maintain professional standards, review practice and reflect on their work in confidence.

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

The BACP is the largest voice of the talking therapies in the UK. BACP members are covered by an Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Please contact us for more information on our counselling services or to book an initial appointment.

Counselling Testimonials

‘Since going to counselling I can now control my anger and can progress on my own.’
Steve from Bexhill

‘Thank you for all your help over the past couple of months. It’s made a real difference in my life.’
Katie from Hastings

‘I’m so grateful to you for all your help and support. I have noticed a massive improvement in my life and so has my family.’
Sarah from Bexhill