Elaine Simmonds - ISCA Counselling. Reg. MBACP. PGCE. BSc(Hons).

Elaine Simmonds - ISCA Counselling. Reg. MBACP. PGCE. BSc(Hons).

25/26 Gandy Street


07914 310 920

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25/26 Gandy Street


07914 310 920

About me

You may know exactly what is troubling you, or it may be less clear - perhaps feeling confused, misunderstood or stuck. Either way counselling can help you clarify the issues by talking and being listened to.That sounds simple, but sometimes expressing ourselves, especially about painful or personal issues, can be difficult and it needs to feel safe to do so.

At ISCA COUNSELLING I provide counselling that is:

I ndividually suited to your needs.
S ensitive and non-judgmental.
C aring and Confidential.
A ffordable.

From the first visit, you will be welcomed and treated with respect. I won't pigeon-hole you or your difficulties, or judge you in any way. Your experiences, thoughts and feelings are unique to you, and I will support you to understand yourself better, to make sense of things and to consider how change can happen.

In counselling, one size doesn't fit all, and I will work in ways to suit your individual and specific needs. Often we will mostly talk, but I may also offer creative activities, which can be especially helpful if finding words is hard. The choice will always be yours, and my approach is sensitive and collaborative.

I aim to provide a warm and accepting atmosphere. The focus at different times may include difficult or painful feelings, troubling or confused thoughts, physical sensations or spiritual questioning. Whatever you bring will be welcomed - nothing will be considered trivial or foolish.

Although it doesn't usually feel like it, times of stress and difficulty can be part of a movement towards a more satisfying life. It takes courage to admit to struggles or to needing support, but it's often the first step to things changing for the better.

My experience

Before becoming a counsellor I enjoyed working with children, young people and adults in a variety of contexts, including education and health services. I have particular experience in family work, supporting parents in relationship with their children, especially when faced with challenges such as disability, separation or mental health issues.

Offering supportive relationships and listening were really satisfying parts of earlier work. I greatly valued my own time in personal therapy after a difficult period in my life. I’m motivated by seeing strength and resilience emerge in the face of tough challenges; training became an important step to work that I find a privilege and very rewarding.

As well as private practice, I work as a Locum counsellor with students, at the Wellbeing Centre, University of Exeter. I also work as a volunteer at both the Margaret Jackson Centre and the NHS Depression and Anxiety Service.

What next?

Making contact may be daunting, but please get in touch with any questions you have, or to book a free no-obligation first session. It's important that you feel confident about the counsellor you choose, so I like to give the opportunity to meet before you make a commitment. That way you can find out if I'm the right counsellor for you. You can also find out more by visiting my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA101)
  • Certificate in Pastoral Counselling

Other Qualifications and training:

  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education
  • BA (Hons) French Studies
  • Sexual abuse & related issues
  • Trauma
  • Domestic violence and abuse (including level 3 award)
  • Separated Families
  • Addictions and substance misuse
  • Understanding Mental Health - supporting families.
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • NLP certificate
  • Safeguarding - children and vulnerable adults

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and take seriously the need to work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which can be viewed at www.bacp.co.uk

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


  • I offer a free, no-obligation first session, lasting 30-40 minutes. You will have chance to find out if you would feel comfortable working with me and to ask any questions you have.
  • £40  per session
  • I am aware that counselling is not affordable for many people who would like to take it up. I offer some reduced and low cost places for people who can not pay the full amount, including students. Please ask about this when you make contact or when we meet. I will be happy to talk through possibilities.

Further information

  • I work from comfortable and quiet counselling rooms in central Exeter, near to car parks and train and bus stations.
  • I offer both short-term counselling and longer, more in-depth work. We can talk about the options during the first session.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4 3LS
Exeter, EX1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: daytime and some early evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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