Annie Ford. MBACP Registered, Dip Counselling, Dip NLP.
07748 523704 / 07748 523704
Throughout our lives there can be times when we feel overwhelmed and wonder how we got to that place. Professionally as a Counsellor I work with clients on issues that are causing stress and anxiety in their present life. I am an experienced warm empathic practitioner who will work with you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and how to manage difficulties you may be facing.
Counselling enhances self-awareness and from that the opportunity to allow new possibilities to emerge and changes to take place leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.
As a Registered MBACP Counsellor, I am professionally trained to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore what is important to you.
I am Integratively trained, which means I use the most appropriate counselling skills to suit your individual needs.
Issues I frequently work with include depression, anxiety with panic atttacks, stress, bereavement, loss, grief, relationship problems, changes due to life changes due to health and wellbeing. I also work with transition for example becoming a new parent, relocation to a new area, career or work situations and students entering University life.
When dealing with complex distressing issues in life, they can be difficult to express to friends and family; our work will help you move towards accepting and supporting yourself without fear of judgement.
I have worked professionally in GP Practices, Hospitals and Community Health settings as Counsellor, Coach, Clinician ( Advanced Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Midwife) and Clinical Supervisor. As well as my private practice, I work as a Bereavement Support Counsellor in a Local Hospice as well as facilitating Cancer Support Groups for women with secondary breast cancer.
My Calm Studio is based in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter. I am easily accessible via Tiverton, Honiton, Pinhoe and Broadclyst here in Mid Devon as well as Wellington and Taunton in Somerset.
As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I adhere to their Code of Ethics, confidentiality and good practice. I have regular Supervision to support my practice and I attend regular professional development and training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling.
Certificate in managing loss, grief and bereavement in practice.
Diploma in Executive, Business and Life Coaching.
Diploma in NLP.
Certificate in Mindfulness Training.
Health Professional Training
Certificate in End of Life Care.
MSc Leadership studies.
Certificate in Clinical Risk Management.
ENB Certificate in Advanced Oncology Nursing.
RCN Award for Health Management and Leadership.
ENB Certificate in Family Planning.
ENB Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
BSc Research studies.
ENB Certificate in Teaching and Assessing.
NHS Registered Midwifery Training.
NHS Registered Nurse Training.
I have worked in variety of clinical health settings, including secondary care, primary care GP Practices and community hubs.
I currently work in Private Practice from my purpose built studio in Mid Devon seeing clients with a range of issues. I also work in a Somerset Hospice with clients who have experienced the loss of a loved one. I also faciitate and manage support groups for bereaved clients at the Hospice and for Breast Cancer Care as a facilitator for women with secondary breast cancer.
In my work for NHS London I have managed and worked as clinical lead in womens health services including inpatient, outpatients, cancer services and IVF Units as well as being the professional lead at Director level.
in the NHS I have faciliated and managed ranges of health promotion conferences, workshops and community support groups as well as designing and developing health programmes.
As a midwife I specialised in working with families who had experienced loss of a baby, working collaboratively with GPs, Bereavement Counsellors and SANDs the Charity supporting women locally, regionally and nationally.
As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner I also worked with women and their partners experiencing miscarriages and infertility.
As a Macmillan Nurse in Gynaecological Oncology I worked with women experiencing a cancer diagnosis and End of Life care working collaboratively with The Royal Marsden, St Georges, The Portland Hospital and Trinity Hospice.
I have published my work on Health Diversity in national journals ( commended in the House of Lords and that work continues in NHS SW London).
As a Counsellor I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling using my skills for women in infertility, cancer and familiy planning services. Since then I have completed extensive training in Coaching, NLP and Integrative Counselling which continues to inspire me.
I have also been an associate lecturer in Womens Health at Kingscollege London and Kingston Upon Thames Universities.
In my Consultancy work I have worked mainly with the NHS and the Charity Sector managing wellbeing portfolios of work in London and the South West.
I have also trained in Mindfulness which can be used for relaxation and stress management.
I am a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and professional practice.
I belong to a Special Interest Group ( SIG) in Coaching with BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
University life, Transition, Grief, Infertility and stressors associated with treatments and outcomes, pregnancy loss, still birth support, miscarriage, cancer support and carers helping loved ones.
I work within the farming community here in Mid Devon. I also work with military staff and family members.
Covering Cullompton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Honiton, Exeter, Wellington and Taunton.
The initial introductory session is free, allowing time to discuss your needs, further sessions cost £40 per hour.
Some concessions are available for student counsellors and for clients on reduced income.
Please call 07748 523704
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and a DBS for my work within the Hospice and Cancer Community.
My private practice is in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter with easy access to public transport or by car with free parking.
Accesible via all number 1 buses from Exeter via Whipton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Cullompton and Tiverton. Via Somerset on M5 or A38 via Taunton and Wellington.
Please email me for further details and a full set of directions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work flexibly Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm & Saturdays 8am to 3pm.
Types of client