Martin Willey BSc Hons Dip Couns Reg.MBACP MBPS
Welcome. I can offer you a warm, safe and accepting space to explore your difficulties to enable you to find your answer. I use a Person Centred approach together with Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapies. Take care of yourself
I was born in the 50’s and spent most of my working life in public service. I enjoyed my work but felt there was something missing. Raising a family was my priority for many years but as my children grew older I started to explore what was missing and undertook a degree in Psychology through the Open University. After graduating I found what I was looking for when, in 1998, I became a listening Samaritan. This changed the course of my life. Samaritans gave me skills to listen and to help people. It also gave me the confidence to follow my heart, and train to become a counsellor.
Life isn’t always easy. When life is difficult or when choices have to be made, counselling can help. I can offer professional help and support to enable you to find your way through difficulties. Then I can help you find ways to sustain your well being. I will provide you with a confidential and safe space in which you can explore your feelings and options, so you can get your life back on the course you have chosen.
The Person Centred approach to counselling underpins the way I am with clients. Where they will help my client, I also use other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and, frequently, Mindfulness. I find being Mindful to be immensely helpful to me personally. It reduces my stress and helps make my life less complicated. I have a tendency to divert myself and generate difficulties in my mind that do not actually exist. Being Mindful helps me focus on what is important and what needs my attention. I do not teach Mindfulness. I introduce clients to my practise and if they choose I can help them to be Mindful in their lives.
My way of working is based on 5 personal beliefs;
- I firmly believe that as human beings we are driven to do the best we can, no matter what difficulties we encounter
- I believe that everyone is a unique individual who deserves respect for their capacity to make their own decisions and find their own way in life
- I believe that my clients are the experts on themselves and their life. They are the only one who can decide what they should do with their life
- I believe that the most important factor in Counselling is the relationship I can create with my client. If my client can feel heard in a non-judgemental way and if we can be open about our feelings then they are more likely to find their way out of difficulty
- Most of all I believe in my clients.
“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried”- Carl Rogers
“Therapy should not be theory driven, but relationship driven”- Irvin Yallom
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons.) degree in Psychology
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Many other courses as part of my commitment to my ongoing and continued professional development.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society.
I am an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
In 2012 with the support of many people, not least my wife and family, I qualified as a Counsellor. Since then I have been able to help people in Plymouth and South East Cornwall cope with a range of difficulties, particularly loss, grief, relationship, anxiety and anger issues. I work independently but also with charities and organisations who take referrals from public bodies such as Social Services, Doctors, Family Courts and Welfare Officers.
I have been fortunate to work with a wide range of different clients, those from different genders, sexual orientations, ethnic origins, faiths and cultural backgrounds. I have also worked with people diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, personality disorders and mild to moderate mental health conditions. Whatever their difference, all my clients have common needs. They all want to be listened to, to feel cared about and to feel valued as the unique individual that they are. They all want to be able to talk and explore their feelings so they can find their own solutions to their difficulties.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
My fee for individuals for a one hour session is £40.
My fee for couples for a one hour session is £60.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can be flexible and am willing to try to meet your needs. I try not to work at weekends and can see you either at my home, at rooms I use in Plymouth or at your home if it is suitable.