I found my sessions with Meriel really helpful. She’s a good listener and easy to talk to. She encouraged me to look and think about things differently which helped me deal with how I had been feeling. I would recommend her to anyone.


My name is Meriel Whale and I am a counsellor based in Lewes

I've been working as a person-centred and integrative counsellor since 2010, offering general counselling for a wide range of issues.

I also work specifically with those who are childless not by choice and those who have come to the end of their fertility journey.

Counselling can help with many things, including

  • Anxiety, stress and worry
  • Bereavement, grief and loss of any kind
  • Childlessness
  • Miscarriage and infertility
  • Depression and feeling low
  • Lack of purpose, meaning and contentment in life, feeling life isn't worth living
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Life transitions including retirement, divorce, redundancy
  • Illness, disability or chronic health conditions
  • Low self esteem, lacking confidence or self worth
  • Problems at home, relationships
  • Worry about money

How does counselling work?

The relationship between the counsellor and the client is key and brings together empathy, realness and non-judgmental, constructive and active listening. 

Talking with a counsellor can help us understand events in our lives, identify and express our emotions and talk about things that distress us to the point that we're struggling to cope.

It can enable us to resolve difficult situations and feelings, make positive changes and move forward with renewed confidence, self belief and a sense of wellbeing.

My approach

My work is built upon the idea that everybody's experiences are unique and valuable and everyone has the ability to change and grow. Life experiences, particularly those that affect our sense of who we are and how valuable we are, can impact on this natural resilience. A counselling relationship can help push the reset button, giving you the support you need to move forward.

I will respond to you with compassion, listen to you with empathy and value you exactly as you are.

I work responsively; this means I see every new client as a unique individual, and form a unique therapy for each of you. I draw on my core training in Person Centred Therapy and my additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also offer creative resources for when words are not enough.

No matter how strong your feelings are, I will be able to help you process them so that you can move forward with your life. I will stay with you on your journey for as long as you want me to, walking alongside you so that you feel less alone. 

I am LGBTQ+ and neuro-diversity affirmative.


Call or email me if you'd like more information.