I am an experienced, qualified psychotherapist, a compassionate, skilled and open-minded person offering confidential counselling and psychotherapy to individuals face to face, by telephone, Skype and email, in central Exeter (some reduced rates available).
I can offer either brief counselling or longer term psychotherapy, adapting the therapy to suit your individual needs and circumstances.
In my busy private practice I work with clients Monday-Friday, during the day, and in the evening.
I am skilled at working with:
Depression and lack of motivation
Stress and anxiety
Lack of confidence and low self esteem
Loss and bereavement
Life changes and decision making
Feeling isolated and hopeless
Post natal depression
Sexual identity and behaviour
Gender concerns and dysphoria
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
Rape and trauma
Distressing thoughts, feelings, memories
Face to Face Psychotherapy:
I counsel individuals in private practice, and have experience of counselling for charities and an educational organisation. I work primarily as an Existential psychotherapist and counsellor, while integrating knowledge of other approaches such as CBT and Mindfulness into my practice.
The aim of existential psychotherapy is to help you clarify and reflect upon your situation. Through dialogue together we can discover what it is you feel you most deeply want and need, and put these discoveries into practice to help you make changes for a more rewarding life. Through the process of knowing and understanding yourself better, you can move from being stuck in a particular pattern of behaviour, feeling, or situation, to finding a way forward towards fulfilling your potential.
My role as your therapist offers you:
Emotional and practical support for your present needs
A non-judgmental listening ear
Honest and helpful feedback
New, objective perspectives on difficult concerns
Sensitivity to your cultural and ethnic origins, religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
Flexibility, adapting the therapy to suit your needs and circumstances
My Practice Location:
Barnfield Therapy Rooms
The Margaret Jackson Centre,
4 Barnfield Hill,
Devon EX1 1SR
Telephone & Skype Therapy
I can also provide psychotherapy by telephone or Skype, which offers flexibility and continued support, whether you are at home or away.
Therapy for Trainees & Qualified Therapists:
As a UKCP registered psychotherapist, I am able to offer therapy to trainee counsellors, student therapists and psychologists, all those who need to undertake a certain number of hours in therapy with a registered UKCP professional in order to complete their training.
Fully qualified therapists and counsellors also benefit from my therapeutic support and insight when times are tough.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Previously a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy.
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling.
Foundation Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling.
My extensive 5 year training was undertaken at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regents College, London.
I am also professionally trained in:
Healing the Fragmented Selves Of Trauma Survivors with Janina Fisher; Focusing for Psychotherapists with Susan Jordan;
The Foundations of Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild for the Chiron Centre;
The Client-Therapist Relationship with Irvin D. Yalom for the British Association of Dramatherapists;
The Sexual & the Erotic in Psychotherapy with SPCP Regent's College;
Erotic Transference with WPF Therapy;
Sexual Abuse & Working with Trauma, Abuse & Dissociation with S.A.L;
Mindfulness with Michael Chaskalson;
Deepening the Therapeutic Engagement with Mick Cooper;
Crisis with the Society for Existential Analysis;
The Permeation of Technology in Everyday Life with the Society for Existential Analysis;
Therapy with Men who have experienced Sexual Violation with Survivors UK;
Rethinking Transvestism with Pink Therapy;
Mental Health Saneline training programme endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists;
BA Hons Drama.
I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, to maintain a high standard of clinical practice. I regularly engage in Continued Professional Development.
I previously counselled adults within a charitable organisation in London, and young people at a university in Devon. I've been working in the field of mental health since 2001, and as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 2004.
I am founder of the South West Existential Psychotherapy Alliance, which is a regional network for Existential therapists, trainees and others interested in the approach www.southwesttherapy.co.uk.
I used to be a board member and trustee of the Society for Existential Analysis www.existentialanalysis.co.uk
I am also a professional trainer. I have run workshops on a variety of subjects including: therapeutic ways of working with rape and trauma, mindfulness; introduction to counselling skills; and marketing your private therapy practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Physical disability (therapy for the disabled or their carers);
Distressing thoughts, feelings and memories;
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD);
Life changes and decision making.
My rates are available on request. I also have a limited number of low cost therapy slots available. Please ask about this if cost is preventing you from accessing therapy with a qualified therapist.
Available 10-2pm Mondays to Fridays via Skype or telephone, and 10-4pm on Fridays for face to face therapy at my Exeter practice. Some evening slots also available on request.
What is the process of psychotherapy and counselling like?
One of the ways people try to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings is to ignore them, or lock them away inside themselves. Unfortunately this does not work, as we carry these feelings around within us, and the pain at the heart of them does not disappear. Psychotherapy and counselling encourages you to get back in touch with these feelings in a safe environment, and at your own pace. It is always your right to choose what you do and do not wish to discuss with me.
Psychotherapy & Counselling can help you cope with any difficulties you are experiencing. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive and confidential space leads to a better understanding of yourself and your situation. The process can enable you to see the choices you can make to find a more fulfilling way of life.