Welcome to Leyla Swan Counselling Services

“Where conversations count.”

Counselling and Therapy Services for individuals and couples in Horsham, Southwater, Billingshurst, Cowfold, Storrington, Steyning, Partridge Green, Barnes Green, Henfield, Ifield, Crawley and other areas of West Sussex.

We offer high quality evidence based psychological therapies as well as ground breaking neurobiological informed approaches including:

Our particular areas of expertise include working with Boarding School Survivors, Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents, Couples and those struggling with the effects of Trauma and PTSD.

All of our Psychological Therapists are experienced, accredited and work strictly within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical framework and you will find us on the BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists.

We help people who are seeking support with a wide range of mental health difficulties, life transitions and emotional distress

We will provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment regardless of your race, religion, or sexuality to talk freely about the issues that brought you to counselling.

We will support you in exploring and gaining a better understanding of any issues that may be preventing you from leading a satisfying and resourceful life.

Some of the areas that we are able to support you with:



Panic attacks

Adults who find it hard to form or maintain relationships

Bereavement/complicated grief

Low self- esteem

Emotional eating/Weight related issues

Work related issues/burnout

Anger Management

Relationship issues

Survivors of sexual abuse


Trauma and adverse childhood experiences

Boarding School survivors

Depression (single episode or recurring)

The definition of counselling is:

“The provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems.”

Many people seek counselling at some point in their lives. It may be at a time of sudden change such as a bereavement, the end of a relationship, being made redundant or being diagnosed with a serious or life threatening illness. Others may suffer anxiety, confusion or depression for no understandable reason or have recognised a repeating pattern of maladaptive behaviours that are impacting on their interpersonal relationships.

Some may be experiencing somatic symptoms associated with trauma or adverse experiences during their formative years. And sometimes it may be that you are experiencing an existential crisis and struggling to find direction or purpose. Whatever the situation, it can cause feelings of isolation and unhappiness which can influence not only emotional wellbeing but physical well being.

It is at these difficult times when facing personal crisis many of us welcome having the time and space to talk things over with an understanding and objective outsider.

A counsellor is experienced and trained to listen to what is being said about your personal problems and assists in helping you explore and clarify your thoughts and feelings to give you an insight and understanding to your problems.

A counsellor will help to explore the issues from your point of view and will provide a safe, confidential and non- judgemental environment

The right environment is an important aspect of building a trusting relationship with your counsellor and for you to find your own answers to your difficulties and issues. It is also an opportunity to work out how to be more understanding and accepting of yourself and how to build on personal strengths, gain a stronger sense of self and therefore continue your personal growth.

Successful personal development can result in an improved ability to:

  • Overcome personal difficulties and identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thinking that causes emotional distress
  • Be less reactive and improve affect regulation
  • Have more fulfilling and flexible relationships
  • Be more creative and less open to suggestion
  • Gain control in making appropriate decisions or life changes that are right for you

Choosing a Counsellor/Psychotherapist

When choosing a counsellor/psychotherapist, you need to know that you are turning to someone who is professional, externally verified, and works to a high standard and is bound to work within an ethical framework.

Leyla Swan and her team have many years of training and work experience between them. They are accredited members of the BACP (British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors) and have also worked within the NHS as Psychological Therapists in Primary care. Therefore you have absolute peace of mind that you have chosen to work with well trained professionals who have met the high standards required by both organisations.

Our location

We are based in Woodlands Way, Southwater and offer individual counselling and couples counselling. We welcome clients from Horsham, Southwater, Billingshurst, Cowfold, Storrington, Steyning, Partridge Green, Barnes Green, Henfield, Ifield, Crawley and other areas of West Sussex.

In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, we also offer outdoor and video call sessions.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to book an initial consultation. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether we are the right therapists to help.

You can also call us on 07949822154 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to us first.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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