Donna James Registered MBACP, MBPsS, BSc (Hons), BEd (Hons)

Donna James Registered MBACP, MBPsS, BSc (Hons), BEd (Hons)



07786 432869

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07786 432869

About me

Feeling overwhelmed or alone with your struggles? You need someone impartial, sensitive and professional to confide in, and a safe confidential space. I will calmly help you make sense of whatever you bring and find a way towards positive change and improved wellbeing. I will work with you gently, patiently and without judgement to explore your feelings and concerns. Counselling is a therapeutic partnership, after all; it’s not something that’s done to you. There may even be some laughter as well as pain in the journey that we take together.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and, in addition, am an Open University Psychology graduate. I can also draw on almost twenty years of experience as a primary teacher and music tutor, often working with children with special needs. Therapy is a second career for me but it often feels as if I’ve been a therapist for a lot longer! ‘Integrative’ means that I use a variety of approaches, choosing those most suited to your needs. I have helped clients with a range of issues: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction, relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, guilt, trauma, grief, sleep difficulties, identity issues, life stresses and transitions – to give some examples. I will accompany you in discovering the ongoing patterns and reactions that may not be working for you in your life, and assist with information and resources that might offer new, healthier ways of coping.

It can be hard to ask for help, but you’ve already taken the first step by exploring online. The next step is to email or call. The initial session will give us an opportunity to meet and assess your needs. This is charged at £20. If you decide to continue, we would then contract for further sessions. I am available for shorter-term as well as longer-term psychotherapeutic work. I currently work from therapy rooms in central Exeter on Fridays. A warm welcome awaits you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Formal Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited) - Iron Mill Institute
  • Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill Institute
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1 - The Open University
  • BEd (Hons) Education 2:1 - University of Plymouth, Rolle Faculty

Professional Development

  • Sexual Abuse and Related Issues training (13 Hours) - The Rape & Sexual Abuse Line, Exeter
  • Beginning, Developing & Strengthening the Way We Work Online - BACP/OCTIA 2015

Professional Work outside of Private Practice

  • I am a Grief Support Worker and Agency Trainer for the Balloons Charity, working with bereaved children, young people and volunteers.

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Accredited register membership


£35 per session (1 hour)

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX1
Exmouth, EX8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I'm currently available on Fridays.

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