The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rogers



We all have times when feelings, memories and experiences can feel hard to manage. They can make us anxious, depressed or low in mood and energy. It can feel challenging, wondering how we got to where we are and not knowing how to move forward. Sometimes, life events such as a bereavement, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or a sudden unexpected illness or injury can feel like a tremendous and unexpected blow. Past experiences and trauma can feel impossible or frightening to talk about, imagining that others may not understand. ​

Recognising that we need help can feel daunting, confusing or even hopeless, which is why I offer a safe and supportive environment for you to talk. I invite you to bring your feelings and experiences to explore in a non-judgemental, confidential and compassionate space, where you are free to be your true self, and together, we can work to figure things out. 

I undertook 3-years of rigorous training, taught at the MSc level, qualifying with a diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical framework and guidelines.


I believe that it is essential to find the right therapist for you. That is why I offer a free initial 30-minute consultation. Following this, I provide short-term and open-ended weekly therapy either at my office in Hove or remotely online using Zoom.

Steve Mason Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Therapy can help with many difficult life problems, including;


There are times when we all experience anxiety. Maybe it is before a job interview, before travelling or an exam. Feelings may include a general sense of unease, worry, panic or fear. For some, sensations will be fleeting and mild, but they may be prolonged and intense for others, like a persistent nagging feeling of dread. 



Feelings of sadness, unhappiness or being generally fed up are all valid reasons for coming to therapy. But depression is more than feeling this way. Depression is an illness that often lasts for weeks, months or longer and can feel devastating.


Relationships may feel rewarding and joyous, or challenging. Therapy supports us in an exploration of who we are, examining patterns of behaviour. The therapeutic relationship creates the opportunity for a new experience where we can grow and evolve.

Loss & Bereavement

Loss can bring up a range of difficult emotions that can be hard to manage, ranging from anger, sadness, loneliness, shock, guilt, and grief. Grief is an experience that touches us all at different times in our lives.


Highly stressful situations that shatter your sense of security and make you feel helpless and unprotected in a hazardous environment can cause emotional and psychological trauma. A single traumatic event, such as a car accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack, can induce trauma.


Living with low self-esteem can feel shaming and painful. It can be an isolating experience where we can feel alone and cut off from the world. If you have poor self-esteem, you may have a pessimistic attitude toward life, making it appear hopeless or pointless.