MS counselling directory

Counselling directory

Finding the right person to talk to can feel overwhelming. We know it can be frustrating when you have to spend your first session with a counsellor explaining all about your condition. That’s why MS-UK has created a directory of fully qualified, registered counsellors who have all undertaken our MS Awareness and Counselling People with Multiple Sclerosis eLearning courses. This means that all the counsellors listed below already understand multiple sclerosis (MS) well and you won’t have to spend time explaining.

These counsellors offer telephone or online counselling and some also provide face-to-face sessions depending on where you live. Each counsellor has stated their experience and costs within the directory which is available to view below. And if you still find yourself looking for further support be sure to check out our Further Helpful Resources section on this page. Please mention MS-UK when contacting any of the counsellors in order to get the discounted rate which some of them have offered.

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Laura Allison

This counsellor offers person-centred counselling and is experienced in working with people with MS.

Location Online or telephone

Cost £40

Email lauracounselling1@gmail.com

Call 07525 854152

Lisa Briffett

This counsellor is integrative, trained in psychodynamic and ACT approaches.

Location Cambridge

Cost £55

Website https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/lisa-briffett

Email lisa.briffett@yahoo.com

Call 07989 200637

Louise Brookes

This counsellor specialises in disability and long term health conditions. She has worked with people who have MS since July 2022.

Cost £40

Website www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/louise-brookes

Email psychotherapylb@gmail.com

Call 07383 867167

Sarah Carter

This counsellor is very person-centred.

Location Colchester, Essex, CO3 or CO1

Cost £35

Website www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/sarah-carter

Email psychotherapylb@gmail.com

Call 07988 024110 (WhatsApp)

Paula Cook

This counsellor is very person-centred and has 5 years of working with people affected by MS.

Location Churchtown, Southport, PR9

Website www.paulacookcounselling.co.uk

Cost £50

Email paula@paulacookcounselling.co.uk

Call 07986 728844

Bonnie Davies

This counsellor offers an integrative-relational method of counselling.

Location Derbyshire (Tuesdays), Sheffield (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Website www.bonniedavies.com

Cost £50 – £60

Email bonniedaviescounselling@outlook.com

Call 07789 520623

Abi Dean

This counsellor offers CBT, Creative therapy, Family therapy, Integrative, Person centred, and Play therapy for children

Location Rugby CV23

Website www.bacp.co.uk/therapists/395628/abi-dean/rugby-cv23

Cost £45 – £50

Email myspace.22@yahoo.com

Call 07902 976554

Luisa Diaz

This counsellor is person-centred and offers psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, and trauma informed-interventions.

Location North London, N11

Website www.mindinpractice.co.uk

Cost £60

Email luisadcounselling@protonmail.com

Call 07305 098556

Lisa Fogelman

This counsellor is a humanistic and therapeutic coach.

Location TN21 Sussex

Website www.lisafogelman-sussexcounselling.co.uk

Cost £45

Email Sussexcounselling@outlook.com

Call 07787 571487

Niki Gilding 

This counsellor is person-centred and has worked with clients with MS since December 2021.

Location North Yorkshire Coast, TS13 5AD

Website www.bacp.co.uk/profile/3de8251a-de0b-ea11-a811-000d3ab852db

Cost £25

Email niki@counsellingbythesea.co.uk

Leila Hancox

This counsellor uses existential psychotherapy as well as other kinds of counselling. She has worked with clients with MS since March 2020.

Location Gloucester, GL2 5EL

Website www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/leila-hancox

Cost £36 – £50

Email Leilahancox@proton.me

Call 07539 052562

Gabbie Hill

This counsellor uses integrative counselling and is qualified in CBT and EMDR.

Location Liverpool L17

Website www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/gabrielle-hill

Cost £50

Email gabbietherapy@hotmail.com

Call 07563 524618

Michaela Hoskins

This counsellor has 24 years of experience working as a health care professional working with people with MS and many other long-term health conditions.

Cost £25

Email Michaela.hoskins44@gmail.com

Call 07721 195203

Karen Hurley

This counsellor uses an integrative approach, working from a person centred perspective. She also has a special interest in unpaid family carers, who care for someone with a disability.

Location Bristol, BS1

Website www.counsellorbristol.co.uk

Cost £45

Email info@counsellorbristol.co.uk

Call 07575 007077

Claire Jennings

This counsellor uses an integrative approach with additional training in Social Justice Theory. She also has experience of working with people who have MS and other long-term health conditions, their families, and carers.

Location Little Clacton, North Essex

Website www.clairejenningstherapy.co.uk

Cost £10 – £40

Email claire.jennings01@btinternet.com

Call 07870 582145

Sofia Kolesnikova

This counsellor focuses on integrative and psychodynamic counselling.

Location Chichester, West Sussex

Website www.sofiacounselling.co.uk

Cost £35

Email skocounselling@protonmail.com

Call 07716 242629

Wendy Loveday

This counsellor is very person-centred and has had previous experiences of working with people with MS.

Location Earls Colne, Essex, CO9

Website www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/wendy-louise-loveday

Cost £35 (online and telephone), £50 (Face to face)

Email wendyloveday@hotmail.co.uk

Call 07939 818131

Liz Mackenzie

This counsellor has an integrative approach but qualified as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. She Lives with a long-term health condition and has experience of working with people living with disability. Works online on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Website www.onlinecounsellingonlinesupervision.com

Cost  £25 – £40 depending on circumstances

Email lizmackwork@protonmail.com

Chris Matcham

This counsellor is integrative, specialising in chronic illness, disability, loss / bereavement, low mood and consequent identity issues.

Location Online and face to face – Cheltenham GL52

Website www.chrismatchamcounselling.com

Cost Between £55 and £75 depending on circumstances

Email chris@chrismatchamcounselling.com

Call 07375 814194

Jill Phillips

This counsellor is an Integrative counsellor drawing on person-centred principals, attachment-focused therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic therapies and EMDR. She also has experience of working with those who have long-term health conditions and their families.

Location Online

Website https://www.bacp.co.uk/therapists/92609/jill-phillips/sutton-coldfield-b75

Cost £60

Email Jillpcounselling@gmail.com

 

Kate Rhodes

This counsellor focuses on integrative counselling and has experience of working with people who have MS. She especially covers the loss and lived experience of disability around neurological condition.

Location Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

Cost £35

Email katerhodes65@icloud.com

Call 07765 482795

Darren Sharpe

This counsellor has a humanistic, person-centric approach.

Location Ashford, Kent

Website www.kingsnorthcounselling.com

Cost £40

Email kingsnorthcounselling@gmail.com

Call 01233 334702

Laura Smith

The counsellor is very person-centred and has experience working with MS for 8 years.

Location Rugby

Cost £25

Email smith.1984@hotmail.co.uk

Call 07554 321443

Claire Shaw

This counsellor uses person-centred counselling and has experience of working with people who have MS.

Website claireshawcounselling.com

Cost  £70

Email Claire@ClaireShawCounselling.com 

Call 07597 280998

Kerry Trevethick

This counsellor is person-centred and has had experience of working with people who have MS since August 2019

Website www.completelyyou.co.uk

Cost £35

Email contact@completelyyou.co.uk

Call 07578 667750

Sara Vali

This counsellor has an integrative counselling approach.

Location West Norwood, London, SE27

Website www.saravalicounselling.com

Cost £50

Email saravalicounselling@gmail.com

Call 07731 982668

Louise Willis

This counsellor has an integrative counselling style and has worked with clients who have MS since September 2018.

Location Colchester, Essex

Website www.cherrytreecps.co.uk

Cost £40

Email louise.willis@cherrytreecps.co.uk

Call 07771 666061

James York

This counsellor has an integrative style and has worked with people with MS since December 2021.

Location Darlington, DL3

Website www.jamesyorkcounselling.co.uk

Cost £40

Email talk@jamesyorkcounselling.co.uk

Call 07443 284073 

Jonathan Youssef

This counsellor uses integrative counselling and experience working with people who have MS.

Cost  £40

Email jcounselling@hotmail.com

Call 07397 004526

Helpful resources

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UK Counselling Network (CIC)

This is a UK wide Community Interest Company (CIC) which has been set up to provide people access to low-cost counselling. Costs are driven by the individual’s ability to pay which means they are proportionate and fair to everyone.

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The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity offer counselling to those living with a neurological condition, which includes family members of those directly affected. They are based in Liverpool however they can provide counselling via remote means such as the video app Zoom.

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Therapy centres – counselling

You can access MS specific counselling via the Neuro Therapy Network Centres (formerly MS Therapy Centres). These are a network of centres that are scattered around the UK which provide access to a wide range of therapies that are designed to help us manage the impact of MS at an affordable level (some do provide access to counselling).

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Disability Plus

This is an organisation that specialises in providing access to counsellors and psychotherapists for adults with disabilities and their families, specifically those with experience of MS. It is possible they may be able to secure NHS funding to cover the cost of your sessions. Please see their referral form linked below and mention MS-UK when completing.

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TherapyFinders

This private entity’s goal is to match people with trained therapists who can offer therapies that are right for each individual. Their therapist matching service can be accessed online with telephone support available if needed. The TherapyFinders website also provides access to a live emotional first aid chat option which allows you to connect to a trained therapist in confidence.

Other Counselling options

There are several online directories where you can search for a private counsellor. Their databases are searchable using location and keywords to help you filter down the results appropriately.