18 Bampton Street
24A Gandy Street
07772 333 235
My experience is that counselling is a way of stepping back and getting space from difficulties when we feel stuck, despairing, overwhelmed or out of control. Rather like a guide who can help us navigate uncharted waters or foreign lands; my work is to support you in finding ways to explore difficult areas of your life such as painful emotions, bereavement, questions of identity, relationship issues, abuse and trauma to enable you to find a way through and discover your own answers and wisdom.
The foundation of my work is a belief that people know what they need to lead happier, more balanced lives, but have often lost touch with themselves and their own wisdom; living according to who they think they should be rather than who they really are. As a result people are often left with a sense of disconnection or emptiness leading to depression or a loss of meaning and purpose.
My interest is to assist people in discovering why they may be making choices or behaving in ways that make them unhappy. This often involves becoming aware of old coping mechanisms and adaptations that may have been needed in the past but which are now limiting or harmful.
Through the experience of being held and supported in a warm, safe environment in which you will not be judged, you will be given the opportunity to explore different ways of being and find a deeper sense of yourself and your inner truth.
The term Gestalt means 'whole' and is a holistic, experiential approach, working with becoming aware of what is happening in the moment in one's body, feelings and mind rather than just talking 'about' the issues and being limited to an intellectual understanding.
Who am I?
Originally from Devon I spent 10 years living in Australia and New Zealand learning about indigenous cultures and holistic approaches to health and well being. It was through my own personal experience of receiving counselling and the value it brought to my life that led me to train as a counsellor myself.
Working as a palliative care nurse in hospice has also given me real insight into what it means to be human. When a person is facing death so much has been stripped away - they are being faced with themselves and it is often a time of great reflection and making meaning of their lives.
I also feel very passionate about how important it is for us to live our lives creatively and to be guided by our own inner authority and voice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Gestalt therapy - I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings including the NHS and charities.
Accredited member of the BACP.
Registered General Nurse - I have a background in nursing with over 20 years experience working in the health sector. I continue to work as a palliative care nurse in hospiscare as well as maintaining my private counselling practise.
Experience working with art and sand tray therapy - I enjoy using these mediums as a creative way of working with people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
I offer hourly sessions and my hourly rate is £40.
I charge £20 for an initial meeting to explore what has brought you to counselling and to ensure it feels right for us to work together as I believe the relationship between therapist and client is primary.
Concessionary rates are available so please do not let financial difficulties limit you accessing counselling.
I have rooms in Tiverton and Exeter.
All my work is supervised.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available for day appointments in Tiverton and day and evening appointments in Exeter.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|