Sandra Hawes at Clockhouse Counselling


Horsham and surrounding areas, West Sussex

Hello and welcome to my website.

I hope you'll take some time to get to know me and my approach to counselling.

Currently, I hold sessions at The Kingswood Practice in Horsham, a practice dedicated to counselling, wellbeing, and therapy. Kingswood is conveniently located near public transport and local parking options.

Clockhouse Counselling update:

Relocation to the Knepp Estate during Summer 2024

During your sessions, you'll have the opportunity to relax in a peaceful environment, surrounded by nature. This setting allows for a deeper connection with yourself and a sense of calm during our time together. The move to Knepp Estate is an exciting new chapter, offering a unique therapeutic experience.

I look forward to supporting you every step of the way.

My Approach

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, and although therapy is not a magic wand, it can enable change to occur through compassionate acceptance and understanding of ourselves.

At the heart of my practice is a nature based person-centred approach. 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 regularly.

As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am 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:

Face to Face

Walk & Talk Therapy

Online or Telephone

Time Limited

Short Term (6-12 session)

Long Term / Open Ended

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

Individual Therapy for Adults

Set in a quiet therapy room, free from distractions, a time 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.

Nature Based Therapy

Walk and Talk

Walk and talk therapy in nature allows clients to connect with their surroundings and themselves. 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 therapeutic experience, clients gain a greater sense of peace, clarity, and connection to the world around them. Sessions may include breath work, meditations, stillness and reflection. We walk the local re-wilded public footpaths.

Get in touch

Please contact me below or via if you have any questions about how counselling works, or 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 offer a free introductory 30 minute face to face / zoom / phone session (depending on your preferred way of working) within 2 weeks of your initial contact wherever possible. We then arrange a set number of counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availabity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availabity of that free ‘slot’.

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 nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but 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.

My location

I hold sessions at the Kingswood Practice in Horsham, a dedicated Counselling, Wellbeing and Therapy centre, close to public transport links and local car parks. The practice offers privacy and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

(Please note, there are 4 steps leading up to the door)

Fees & availability

Please get in touch via the contact form to arrange a free 30 minute Face to Face, Zoom or Telephone consultation (depending on your preferred way of working). Moving forward, full fees apply and sessions will be 50 minutes in duration. BACS or Cash accepted

  • Weekday sessions £55
  • Single Session Therapy £120 (including follow up session)

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 (FdSc 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

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