Brian Pugsley Counselling

Professional speech bubbleWelcome! I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor working from Leigh near Tonbridge, within easy reach of Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Tunbridge Wells, or worldwide via Skype or telephone. I’m committed to providing a quality counselling service that is professional, compassionate and potent.

I’ve put together this website to say something more about counselling, about my counselling, about my practice, and a little about me. I invite you to take a few minutes to look around, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback.


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About counselling

Counselling is a one-to-one talking therapy delivered by trained, skilful practitioners who work with people to help increase awareness, make effective life changes, and enhance mental wellbeing.

Counselling is not giving advice, nor is it the same as a supportive chat with friends or family. A counsellor is empathic, non-judgemental, and able to work with your emotions from an impartial standpoint without becoming emotionally involved themselves. Sessions take place at regular times and days in a confidential and private setting. Counselling can help with issues like:

  • Depression and anxietyCompassionate speech bubble
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship and family difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Sex and sexuality issues
  • Stress

You can learn more and read some tips on choosing a counsellor at (my personal profile is here) (my personal profile is here)

About my counselling

I offer individual counselling for a wide range of issues and problems for adults.

My aim is to offer a safe, supportive and sensitive place in which to explore what’s important to you – how you feel, think, and experience your life. I work in a way that values and respects all of your experience, bringing heightened awareness and perhaps discovering new resources with which to tackle difficulties. The emphasis is on what’s happening for you now, and I may invite you to try experiential work including drawing, clay modelling and dialogue.

Out of this kind of counselling can come many jewels, as I am still learning in my own personal work.

Potent speech bubbleI have a particular interest in working with what is sometimes called the “inner critic”. This is a harsh, judgemental inner voice that many of us are uncomfortably familiar with. It tends to criticise, shame and belittle us – nothing we do seems good enough. Recognising and developing a measure of disengagement from this voice can often encourage movement.

Where appropriate I make use of the Enneagram system of personality types, which I have studied formally and informally for many years. My counselling training is in the Gestalt tradition at The Gestalt Centre in London, and you can read their description of the Gestalt approach here. I have also studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and although I am not a CBT therapist I am able to make use of this approach for specific difficulties.


I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Supervision. In addition to private supervisee clients I run supervision groups at West Kent Mind, and during my training provided supervision for an NHS-funded Psychological Therapy Service. Please contact me for further details about my supervision practice.Professional speech bubble


About my practice

Consulting roomI run my counselling practice from this ground floor consulting room in Leigh, near to Tonbridge and Sevenoaks in Kent. I also offer sessions via Skype or telephone. Sessions are of 60 minutes, with opportunities for review at any time. For many people 6 – 12 sessions works well. Others stay in counselling for longer, occasionally up to a year or more.

From 1st April 2017 the session fee for new clients is £45 and this can be paid by cash, cheque; or from my online payment page by bank transfer, credit/debit card or PayPal. I also maintain a limited number of reduced cost places, please ask about this if you are not able to afford the regular fee. I ask that sessions cancelled with less than a day’s notice are paid for, however I do allow for one unavoidable cancellation every six months without payment. Here you can download an information and agreement sheet for new clients, and my current practice leaflet – both are PDF files.

In addition to my private practice I am the Lead Counsellor at West Kent Mind, and also work for an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). In the recent past I have worked as Lead Counsellor in an NHS-funded psychological therapy service for West Kent.

About me

Brian PugsleyI have long been fascinated by what is ultimately most important to us – our experience of being alive, with all of the joy and happiness, pain and suffering, love and hate. I worked in mental health social work for a few years near the start of my working life, then got distracted with a lengthy spell in music and sound recording. I have since returned to my first passion and trained as a counsellor, and my work has never felt more valuable and rewarding.

My personal exploration around who and what we are continues, and I spend a few weeks every year on retreat studying these questions.

I hold a Diploma in Counselling and am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), meaning that I subscribe to their code of ethics and that my practice meets their standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. I also hold a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills and a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision.


You can contact me by email or by leaving a message on 07452 923412. I will return your call, so please leave a number and the times that you are happy for me to call you back.

Please note that occasionally I have been left a message where the sound quality is so poor I have not been able to decipher the number. I respond to all incoming contacts and if you do not hear back from me this is because I could not recover your contact details, so please try again.

My counselling practice is in the centre of Leigh, not far from the station and convenient for Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Hildenborough. Off-street parking is available. The address is:

5 The Green Lane
Tonbridge TN11 8QX

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Leigh 51.194993, 0.215886

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