Geoff Green (Dip Couns & Psychotherapy @Warwick Uni, BSc Hons) - BACP registered
5A Fore Street
Exeter Natural Health Centre
83-84 Queen Street
01803 849330 / 07734 364362
I'm solid, grounded, compassionate, insightful, and confident to challenge you when that feels appropriate. I'm also naturally open, so can share relevant things about my own life, so long as that's helpful to your own learning about yourself. I've had plenty of times in my life that have stretched me to my limits, and feel that helps me in supporting you.
I'm able to support you with whatever your concern, or whatever your level of distress. I have my own support networks, so you are free to focus on yourself. I'm independent of the relationships in your life, meaning you won't feel a pressure to either make a particular choice, or feel a certain way.
When I'm with you, I'm asking myself "what is it like to be you". As I learn about this, with careful listening and checking, most probably so do you - the assumptions you have about yourself and others, the feelings, values and beliefs that drive your life, or perhaps how hard you are on yourself.
As a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) I work to their strong ethical framework. My work is supervised by a very experienced colleague, ensuring I'm effective, ethical and safe.
I offer sessions regularly at therapy centres in Exeter and Totnes. I also have a little availability some evenings from a room in Littlehempston, 2 miles north of Totnes. Full details including directions and maps are on the "where I work" page of my website. If you are unable to leave home, or would find access to the centres challenging, call me to discuss alternatives - telephone / Skype counselling, or perhaps me visiting your address.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified from a BACP accredited and strongly Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy training at Warwick University in 2005, a course that stimulated a great deal of soul searching, and ultimately more of a willingness to relax and be an imperfect human being. Sometimes, at least!
I've seen varied private clients, worked in a University and Sixth Form college counselling service, and done work for Age Concern and Terence Higgins Trust.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
My standard fee is £45 for a 1hr session, with some small variation depending on the venue used – see the fees page on my website.
A reduced price first meeting (again see my website) means you can test for yourself how it feels to talk with me, for a relatively modest financial investment.
NEXT STEPS TO WORKING WITH ME
Simply contact me (phone, text or email) to ask any questions, or to see how it feels to communicate with me. I may have short notice space available, so we can soon meet, at a clinic or by Skype/phone. We'll talk about your aims for our sessions, and book ahead when you're ready.
MORE ON MY BACKGROUND AND ATTITUDE TO COUNSELLING
I began working as a therapist in 2004. Since the early 1990s, Person-Centred Counselling and other therapies have opened up new horizons in my life, inspiring me to train in them myself.
I believe that you (like me) have great potential which will emerge naturally given the right chance. I seek to nurture that potential in you. This can then be a trusted guide in your life.
MORE ON THE BENEFITS OF COUNSELLING
Counselling gives you an insight into your feelings and attitudes, whereas thinking to yourself may often leave you going round in circles. You may feel empowered as new awareness emerges, or feel relief for having been really listened to, by someone without any distracting agenda. You go at your own pace, as deeply as you wish.
Here is more detail on some of the benefits that clients report, and that I've found during my own time in counselling.
- Relief: holding things inside is a massive drain. Letting them out can bring huge relief as the energy becomes available for living your life. This is the opposite of many people's expectations of it becoming harder to cope if they talk about their feelings.
- Confidence in coping: I'll help you find ways to make your difficulty containable, so that you are able to move through difficult times. No longer being alone with your concern also helps with this.
- Insight: as you talk you may reveal unknown beliefs about yourself or your life. When these are unconscious, they can subtly eat away at your confidence and focus.
- Privacy: I have a strong confidentiality policy to help you feel safe to explore. It is also helpful to be away from home, work or friends.
- Acceptance: through being accepted as you are, you will come to be more compassionate towards yourself, improving your relationship with yourself and others.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes, evenings, and some Saturday mornings.
Types of client