Juliette Medder, Adv. Diploma in Counselling, Registered Member of BACP

Juliette Medder, Adv. Diploma in Counselling, Registered Member of BACP

Newton Abbot

Natural Health Centre
Waterside House
The Plains

01803 529892 / 07923 894499

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Newton Abbot

Natural Health Centre
Waterside House
The Plains

01803 529892 / 07923 894499

About me

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by anxiety, maybe feeling anxious most of the time?
Or depression which leaves you feeling low and sad no matter what you may try to do to change how you feel?
Prolonged feelings like these may then lead on to other problems like losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, feeling less good about yourself, having less energy and feeling less able to do things, difficulties with sleeping or eating, or problems at work or in relationships.

Very often people recognise that talking to an empathetic but objective professional could help to make sense of what is troubling them, that having some counselling would be a good idea.

But taking that first step to approach a counsellor can be tricky and having the right counsellor is generally accepted to being really key to the counselling being effective.

So how to find the right counsellor when there are so many to choose from and it all costs money? How to narrow it down and not expend unnecessary amounts of precious money, time and energy?

This is why I offer the first session free of charge to give you the chance to:

- see if I could be the right counsellor for you, someone who you feel is competent and safe and comfortable to work with,
- give a brief personal history, or outline the nub of a particular problem, or state your goals and hopes from therapy.

If you feel that counselling with me could be beneficial, we can then discuss and agree on how we will work together and set up the next session. If not, there is no obligation to continue.

People come with a range of issues including anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), depression and Bipolar Disorder (or manic depression), phobias, Post Traumatic Stress and very frequently, relationship problems, either current or relationship break-ups that are hard to recover from.

My work is rooted in compassionate, attentive listening but having trained as a humanistic, integrative counsellor, incorporates elements of Gestalt, CBT, NLP and on occasion, the use of drawing and painting and Sand Tray therapy.

My intention is to provide an environment where you feel wholly heard, valued and respected and to support you in seeking your own solutions, by exploring the present to get a sense of what is happening for you consciously, with the option of also working with more hidden issues to examine patterns and unresolved, past conflicts. But whatever pace or depth you feel comfortable with, it is always you in the driving seat.

As a fully qualified professional counsellor with a warm and empathetic nature, I offer a well-held and confidential space in which we can explore the issues that are concerning you.

A lot of people say I am easy to talk to and that they quickly feel comfortable with me, that I am open-minded and non-judgemental. I see being a counsellor as a way of accompanying people as they journey through their internal landscapes, so my intention is to offer a down-to-earth and friendly approach but also be compassionately challenging if looked-for.

Having had to personally navigate some tricky landscapes myself, and having been extremely lucky to have found great counsellors, I really know the value of good counselling.

"Juliette is a very comfortable woman to work with and has also been blessed with a clear gift in what she does." L. I. (ex-offender Channings Wood Prison)

I also offer

  • Drawing or Painting as a Therapeutic Tool
  • Sand Tray Therapy

Drawing or Painting as a Therapeutic Tool:

I have found this method a wonderfully freeing way to express thoughts, feelings and emotions by using pastels, crayons or paint to make simple depictions, i.e. stick people, symbolic representations, blobs, daubs or squiggles.

Once drawn, I gently invite you to reflect on what is on the paper and together we may explore the relevance and significance, sometimes going into great depth and leading to quite startling revelations, healing and growth.

Depicting known or unconscious, half-understood thoughts and feelings on paper, making them visible and thus more concrete, can be like a partial exorcism of the confused feelings; actually seeing them can often bring about increased clarity and understanding.

Sand Tray Therapy:

This is a form of expressive therapy similar to incorporating drawing exercises into counselling sessions, but instead of drawing a picture, one builds up a picture in the sand using miniatures of everyday objects. These miniatures of say, people, animals, buildings, plants etc, are selected as a conscious or unconscious representation of aspects of one's life, mind or emotional state and together with the arrangement of the sand, provide a visual, three-dimensional world corresponding to one's internal world.

The scenes created usually bring about welcome clarity and understanding, perhaps signposting ways to make changes as well as helping to release old patterns and blocked, painful emotions.
Sessions are available in Torbay and Totnes as well as Kingskerswell and Newton Abbot and you can call me on 07923 894499, email me via info@juliettemedder.co.uk or visit www.juliettemedder.co.uk or click on the relevant buttons at the top of the page.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Certificate in Sand Tray Therapy
  • Foundation Certificate in Art Therapy
  • Certificate in Practical Applications of Art in Health
  • Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
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  • Counsellor at the The Totnes Natural Health Centre
  • Counsellor at The Devon Clinic, Paignton
  • Counsellor at Pure Holistic Therapies, Torquay
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  • I run occasional day workshops using paint as a medium for therapeutic exploration or expression.
  • Co-facilitated a therapeutic drawing class for recovering addicts at Channings Wood prison
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  • Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, working within their ethical framework for Good Practice and Psychotherapy.

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Counselling sessions are available Monday to Friday and the cost of one 60 minute session is £40.

There are a certain number of sessions available at a concessionary rate.

Coming for a free, no-obligation-to-continue introductory session is a good idea to find out if and how we could work together.

This first session is useful in that:

  • it gives us the chance to meet each other and get a sense of whether we will both be comfortable working together;
  • it is time for you to give a brief potted history, or to outline the nub of a particular problem, or to state what you would like to get from therapy;
  • we can then jointly decide whether it is something we can work together with;
  • we can make sure that you are can be offered the most appropriate support.

If we both feel that counselling will be beneficial and you wish to continue, we can then set up the next session.

Further information

Both long and short-term counselling are possible.
I have practice rooms in Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot as well as Paignton, Torquay and Totnes.
I work some of the bank holidays.

I am very happy for you to contact me by phone or email to discuss whether counselling could be beneficial for you, or visit my website at www.juliettemedder.co.uk for more information.
(You can click on the buttons at the top of the page.)

Maps & Directions

Newton Abbot, TQ12
Totnes, TQ9 5DW

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Counselling sessions are available daytime Monday to Friday, and some evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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