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

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

25/26 Gandy Street

I am unable to take further enquiries until 21-Aug-2017

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 maybe it's 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. Mostly we will 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, accepting atmosphere and have experience of working with a wide range of issues, including stress, depression, anxiety, abuse, bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship issues and disability. The focus can vary, including difficult or painful feelings, troubling or confused thoughts, physical experience or spiritual questioning. I offer a holistic approach and whatever you bring will be welcomed - nothing will be considered trivial or foolish or irrelevant.

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

Previously, I worked with children, young people and adults in a variety of contexts, including education and health services. As a family practitioner I worked with parents facing challenges such as disability, separation or mental health issues. I have experience of families adjusting to a diagnosis of autism, as well as the impact of illness or disability in later life.

I greatly valued my own time in personal therapy after a difficult period in my life and am motivated by seeing strength and resilience emerge in the face of tough challenges. I have worked as a volunteer counsellor within the Depression and Anxiety Service (NHS) and for the Margaret Jackson Centre, Exeter.

As well as working in private practice, I currently work as a Locum counsellor with students, at the Wellbeing Centre, University of Exeter.

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. If you'd like to find out more, please visit my website (see link above).

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
  • Relationships
  • Somatic Resourcing
  • 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 Exeter, with easy parking and close to bus and train 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

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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