Welcome to Purple Skies.

My name is Donna Sadler. I am a qualified Adult Integrative Psychotherapist, counsellor and will shortly complete a UKCP accredited Master’s degree in Integrative Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer independent therapy within schools across West Sussex. Alongside my school-based work, I run a diverse private practice in pleasant and convenient locations in Chichester and Burgess Hill. I work privately with children and young people aged 13+, parents, adults and couples.

I bring to my practice over 20 years’ experience working extensively in the health and social care field where I undertook a variety of roles working in mental health and child protection with adults of varying generations, children and young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. I have worked closely with foster children, their families and with adolescents in residential settings. Over the last 5 years I have provided therapeutic counselling and group interventions for a West Sussex youth charity and in partnership with secondary, primary and infant schools across West Sussex.

I am experienced in working with a wide range of common psychological, behavioural, emotional problems and learning issues as well as with more complex mental health challenges.


I bring a unique perspective to my work by offering a blend of therapeutic theories including humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT to help me attune to clients’ uniqueness and relational needs. Play is my leading intervention with children to support self-awareness and communication. For clients of all ages, and where appropriate, I love to bring the creative arts alive in my work.
I am a great believer of the transformational power of boundaried, transparent and honest relationships. The therapeutic relationship is one such co-creation. With curiosity and compassion, I aim to build a safe therapeutic union which in itself promotes healing.

I am happy to offer short-term or long-term therapy to suit individual need.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou



Children Free Spirits

Young people are society’s future.  Like a seed, they are bundles of energy ready to grow and thrive amongst the natural world and the elements surrounding them. However, families may struggle and much of modern life is often challenging, lacking many of the conditions needed to support the natural development of a child. This is often why young people are increasingly choosing to express themselves through extreme, unusual or risky behaviours or why they are driven to making poor relationship choices.

My therapeutic space is a place for solace, self-discovery and safety. A neutral and confidential place without judgement or expectation and where young people can begin to feel less isolated or alone and be supported to uncover their innate resilience. By gradually developing self-esteem and confidence, therapy can help young people find their way back to themselves.

I work with children, adolescents and young people across a range of academic settings in West Sussex. I use a wide range of interventions, especially play and the creative arts where appropriate, to support the emotional, psychological and mental wellbeing of young people. I work closely with head teachers, pastoral staff, parents and families. I am happy to provide therapeutic support within school settings.




Working with Adults

“The more we know ourselves, the better lives we can live.” Irvin Yalom.
In today’s culture we can easily lose contact with ourselves.  We might become lost amongst unfamiliar territory, feel detached from loved ones or find ourselves worlds away from an emotionally rich life we all deserve. Loss of all kinds including our own health and wellbeing can feel internally destructive and impact self-worth and we can begin to feel completely out of control. Therapy can offer an opportunity to reconnect with what used to matter, with loved ones, but more so with ourselves. I offer a therapeutic relationship which is nurturing, compassionate, challenging and authentic; a relationship which helps to find who you are once again. I welcome adults of all generations to my space, to help piece together parts of the self that might feel fragmented, detached, helpless, marginalised or alone. Above all, I endeavour to support you to discover the best version of yourself.






I work within the laws and ethics affiliated with private practice and the safeguarding and protection of children. I aim to be culturally sensitive in my work and remain supportive of the diverse community we are all a part of.

I am committed to complete and total safety and confidentiality unless the protection of an individual is compromised or risks to a child become apparent during our work together. At these times I will discuss with clients how best I can promote safety which might involve sharing information.

I practice under the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) code of ethics and professional practice. I am legally obliged to keep session notes and discuss client matters in regular clinical supervision. Client identity will remain anonymous. Whilst I will endeavour to work through any difficulties that may arise in the therapeutic alliance there may be times when I need to refer on.

Clients also maintain the right to access complaints procedures through the UKCP and the BACP. All sensitive data collected for the purposes of my work will be carefully managed according to GDPR regulations. I am registered with the ICO. My data protection registration number is ZA531019.


1996: Clinical Certificate in Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Adults)
2003: DipSW – Diploma in Social work
2017: MA Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (ongoing), Terapia/Middlesex University. With specialist training in the following areas:
· Child and adolescent psychiatry & mental health
· Neuroscience and the body: attachment, attunement and affect

· Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy (NLP)
· Systemic family therapy
· Parent and infant psychotherapy
· Child development and attachment
· Working with bereavement and loss
· Working with autism
· Working with trauma
· Sand tray therapy
· Play therapy and the creative arts


Chichester Venue

Upper Studio,
15 Florence Rd, Chichester,
PO19 7TB

Free Parking.
13 years +

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