Sandra Hawes MBACP, MNCPS (Acc).

Clockhouse Counselling

Spring Wood, The Knepp Estate, West Sussex

Welcome to Clockhouse Counselling

on The Knepp Estate

My name is Sandra Hawes. I hope to give you a sense of how I practice, the values I hold as a therapist, and how I may be able to support you.

Whatever your reason for choosing to meet with me, whether it be rooted in the past, present or future, we can look at ways of how life may be experienced differently and hold in mind the future you hope for.

The therapeutic relationship is key, built upon trust, understanding and connection. Working at your pace I aim to be alongside you with whatever you bring and wish to explore, meeting you with compassion, non-judgement and empathy. I will remain transparent and work in your interests throughout our time together, checking in on hopes, expectations and progress.

Please read on to find out more.


Ethics & Offerings

As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and an accredited member of The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society - I abide by their code of ethics and high standards of practice.

The types of therapy I offer are:

Face to Face

Walk & Talk at Knepp

Seasonal Check-ins

Online or Telephone

Short Term (6-12 session)

Long Term / Open Ended

Single Session Therapy (90 minutes followed by a 30 minute follow up appointment)

My Location

I hold sessions in Spring Wood on The Knepp Estate.

Nestled in ancient woodland you will encounter the peace and beauty of the re-wilded landscape. The natural surroundings provide a calming backdrop, enhancing the therapeutic experience, allowing you to connect with nature as you work through your challenges. The peaceful atmosphere of the private therapy room creates a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Parking is free

Fees & Availability

Please feel free to reach out through the contact form to schedule a free 30-minute Face to Face, Zoom, or Phone consultation.

As we move forward, regular fees will be charged & sessions will be extended to 50 minutes.

Payments can be made via BACS or Cash

50 minute Therapy Sessions are priced at £55.00

90 minute Single Session Therapy (plus 30 minute follow up) £120

Memberships, Qualifications & Experience

  • MBACP - Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MNCPS - Accredited Member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
  • Person Centred Counselling Degree (Level 4 & 5)
  • Integrative Counselling Skills (Levels 1 - 3)
  • Transactional Analysis (TA 101)
  • The Ben Raemers Foundation: Counsellor’s Awareness Course
  • Play Therapy Course (Centre of Excellence)
  • Advanced Safeguarding for DSL's
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • MHFA England
  • Consistent and continued professional development (CPD) in line with ethical practice
  • Previously worked in secondary schools and colleges, as well as charitable organisations and private practice

Individual Therapy for Adults

Free from distractions, therapy offers a space for you to begin untangling the things that have been holding you back, or preventing you from living the life you deserve and wish for.

Online & Telephone Therapy

I am a certified online and telephone counsellor, so if coming to my setting is difficult or unmanageable for any reason, this may be a welcome option for you.

Walk & Talk Therapy on The Knepp Estate

Being outside in the elements offers the opportunity for connection with our natural surroundings and ourselves. The changing seasons provide a beautiful backdrop for reflection and growth, as each season brings its own unique energy and lessons. Whether it's the vibrant colours of spring, the warmth of summer, the crispness of autumn, or the stillness of winter, nature's ever-changing beauty mirrors the ebbs and flows of our own lives. Through this unique therapeutic experience, clients gain a greater sense of peace, clarity, and connection to the world around them. We walk the re-wilded footpaths of Knepp.

How to Connect


Please contact me below to arrange an initial appointment. We can talk through the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to support you on your journey.

Enquiries are usually answered within 48 hours, Monday - Friday

All contact is strictly confidential using secure phone and email services

Frequently asked questions


What's the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and a way forward becomes clearer. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.

Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions. I offer both according to your needs.

How long will I need to have counselling?

How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their issues into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other issues may require more of an open-ended approach. Before we begin any work, we will agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake.

Nearing the end of that number, we will review our progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

I provide a free 30 minute introductory session either in person, on Zoom, or over the phone within 2 weeks of your first contact. We will then schedule regular counselling sessions at a time that works for you and fits my schedule. The start date for these sessions will depend on when I have an opening available.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value. Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Usually I am asked this question by people who are worried or nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is completely understandable, however a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected to those issues makes this opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not usually see clients accompanied by friends or family.



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