Counselling for Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Lewes, Brighton, East Grinstead, Hove and Sussex areas

Anna Leythorne Dean MBACP (Accred)

Thank you for visiting my website. I qualified as a counsellor in 2011 and am a registered and accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), you can read more about BACP accreditation schemes here. I have substantial experience working with adults, couples and young people.

People who have had counselling with me have found it very helpful in resolving a broad range of personal issues. I have worked with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and stress for a wide range of reasons. This includes work and academic pressures, relationship worries, communication issues, loss, health worries, bereavement, build-up of stress, change or uncertainty and life transitions.

I have specialized in relationship problems (with self and others). This can be approached through individual counselling or through couples counselling. Relationship counselling can help you learn about yourself, and yourself in relation to others, such as your partner, children, parents, family, friends and colleagues. I work to support you to be more aware of the relational patterns that may influence your relationships or impact upon your wellbeing.


Counselling gives you the time you need to explore your emotions and worries in a safe and private space. You might be searching for support through something that is going on now or something that happened in the past.

My aim is to support clients to live more fully, gain more understanding of themselves so they feel more fulfilled, increase awareness of how they can support themselves in times of distress and find new ways or solutions to face their predicament.

Clinical training

My clinical training includes an Diploma in Counselling, a Level 5 Post-Qualifying Certificate in Relational Counselling and a Level 7 Post Grad Cert in Family Systemic Practice. You can read more about my training here.

Counselling experience

I now only work in private practice. I have over 10 years’ experience to draw upon from working as a counsellor in many respectable organisations. I have managed a busy college campus counselling service which included counselling young people and staff, as an experienced relationship and couple’s counsellor with Relate, years of counselling in the NHS specialising in working with adults with anxiety, depression and stress as well as working in a NHS bereavement service as a counsellor. I have also worked with children and young people in schools across London and Sussex. You can read more about my experience here.


I work from my home therapy clinic, based in Cuckfield, Sussex. The therapy services I offer are counselling for adults, young people and couples who live in the Mid-Sussex, East Sussex and West Sussex areas, such as Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Brighton, Hove, East Grinstead and Lewes. I also offer remote sessions, regardless of your geographical location.

How many sessions?

Counselling is a weekly commitment. The regularity enables us to work more effectively and provides you with a therapeutic framework of safety and trust. I provide regular opportunities to review the work with you.

Some worries only require brief counselling (6 sessions) and this will be agreed from the start.  We may also agree a more open ended arrangement with reviews. Brief couples counselling is usually no less than 9 sessions, unless you are both working towards separation.

Initial free brief consultation call

Call or email me to book an initial free brief consultation call. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and for you to get a sense of me and how I work. I can also ensure what you are seeking counselling for is something I can work with and you can ask me any practical questions. If in agreeance, we will then arrange an appointment for the initial assessment.

For more information on the process of counselling please see the separate tab.


I mainly draw on Gestalt (which is a highly positive and integrative humanistic form of therapy), Systemic and attachment theories in my work, as well as interests in other modalities such as psychodynamic and existential theories.