Welcome to Purple Pippin

Counselling & Psychotherapy near East Grinstead, Kent/East Sussex

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

Alice Walker

What can counselling and psychotherapy do for you?

Have you ever thought ‘Why does this always happen to me?’ Are you sometimes so exhausted with the same outcome every time that you think it’s time to change? Or have you come to the conclusion that you definitely want to stop using, drugs, alcohol, food, sex or excessive shopping as a way of coping?

Or maybe life in general just feels too much! Even though you appear to be coping, it takes all your strength to keep going and you’re exhausted of the pretence?

Sometimes life’s curve balls hit us and we don’t bounce back automatically. Counselling and therapy are a way for you to stop and listen to what your body and mind is telling you. You will have the space to be you, to be heard and sometimes to hear yourself.

I offer a safe space for you to explore your life’s journey, to navigate the next steps and to accept the things that cannot be changed. Come and meet me. You and I can decide in that initial meeting whether we can create a therapeutic alliance and work on you. To get you back to being and feeling okay with yourself and the world you live in.

I am based in Dormansland, near East Grinstead on the Kent/East Sussex border and I offer face to face, walk and talk and online appointments.

Purple Pippin has several different meanings which embody the purpose of counselling and psychotherapy. The literal meaning of pippin is, ‘an apple grown from a seed’, which I see as growth. As for the colour purple, it is uplifting, calming and inspires creativity. In different countries and cultures it is associated with courage, faith and what is to come.

About Me

I am Marije (Maria) Field and I am a professionally trained counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis. Over time I have incorporated other counselling tools, such as Motivational Enhancement Therapy, CBT techniques, Mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and the Cycle of Change Technique.

I have more than 15 years’ experience working with children and adolescents who have specific learning difficulties, ADHD or who are on the Autistic spectrum who experience poor emotional and mental health.

Over the years I’ve worked as a counsellor for CGL (drugs and alcohol dependency), the hospice Martlets (bereavement and end of life counselling) and the national charity Mind. I have also led Support Groups for parents who suffered from anxiety and depression.

I have experience working with a variety of presenting problems:

Drugs and alcohol

Emotional abuse

Self-harm and suicide

Anxiety and panic attacks


Bereavement and loss


LGBTQ+ awareness


If you would like a full list of the courses I have attended and certificates I have attained, see the Transactional Analysis page.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis), EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis) and ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association). I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice as set by these professional bodies and have regular supervision with other experienced psychotherapists.

Fees & Availability

Individual Counselling

For an initial assessment, I charge £40 for a 50 minute long session.

For any further sessions, I charge £50 for each 50 minute long session.

Relationship/Couples Counselling

A session is 90 minutes and the initial session is £70, with the consecutive sessions being £80.

As I believe that counselling and psychotherapy should be available to all, if you have a difficult financial situation I can offer a reduced fee.

I offer some early morning and evening sessions as well as a limited number of weekend sessions (Saturday and Sunday mornings).

I offer face to face sessions in Dormansland, near East Grinstead, walk and talk therapy and also online sessions for those either further afield or who aren't able travel.

To see my full availability and book an appointment, please click below to visit my booking calendar.

Contact Me

If you have any questions about the services I provide, please contact me by filling in the contact form below or calling me on 07713352723.

To book an appointment, please visit my booking calendar.