Steve Merritt

Steve Merritt

Room 25
Manor Offices
North Road
Holsworthy
Devon
EX22 6DJ

Neetside Centre
Bude
Cornwall
EX23 8LB

07855 998890

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Room 25
Manor Offices
North Road
Holsworthy
Devon
EX22 6DJ

Neetside Centre
Bude
Cornwall
EX23 8LB

07855 998890

About me

Hello, my name is Steve Merritt.

My aim is to help you with any problems you are experiencing, giving you a chance to talk and be listened to. I am not there to judge you, but to help with the issues you are experiencing in a confidential and safe environment.I appreciate that everyone is different, and one person may experience something differently from everyone else.

I offer a free initial session of 30 minutes. This gives you the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable with me, for us to decide whether or not we wish to work together as client and counsellor, and for you to explain what you want to achieve through counselling.

Some of the areas I can help you with are:
Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Careers, Child Related Issues, Depression, Disability, Emotional Distress, Financial Worries, Health Related Issues, Life Changes, Loneliness, Loss, Personal Development, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationship Difficulties, Repeating Patterns, Self-Esteem, Self Harm, Sexuality, Spirituality, and Stress.

This list is not exhaustive. If your particular problem is not listed please contact me. If I feel that I cannot help you, I will try to put you in touch with a counsellor who can.

Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for you:

Person-Centred - This approach underpins all of my work. I create a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating warmth and genuine interest, empathy and unconditional positive regard towards my clients. It is non-directive, which means that I provide a safe space for clients to talk about their problems, and help them to find their own solutions.

Psycho-Dynamic - This approach looks at the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships and to look for repeating patterns in their lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, and relaxation techniques are sometimes used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression.

I also offer visualizations, or a short Reiki treatment, to help with relaxation prior to a session if requested.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I follow their code of conduct and ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk.

I am fully covered by professional liability insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have trained with, and worked for, the CRUSE Bereavement Agency in North Devon. I have also had a wide variety of experience working at the Holsworthy Medical Centre.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

I offer a free initial session of 30 minutes. This gives you the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable with me, for us to decide whether or not we wish to work together as client and counsellor, and for you to explain what you want to achieve through counselling.

The cost of a 50 minute one-to-one counselling session is £30.
The cost of an 80 minute couples counselling session is £40.

Concessions are available for persons with a valid NHS Exemption Certificate.

If you are unable to attend for any reason please let me know as soon as possible.
If you do not give me at least 24 hours notice there will still be a charge for the session. If I cancel a session with less than 24 hours notice, your next session will be free.

Maps & Directions

Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ
Bude, EX23 8LB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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