Hello and a very warm welcome, I hope this page will inform you a little about me & what I am able to offer you as your counsellor. I am more than willing to have a chat about any aspects of counselling or concerns you may have without any obligation to book an appointment. I kindly invite you to click on the link to my website where you will find a lot more information.
I feel very passionate about my work & deeply commit myself to offering you a sincere, caring, confidential & professional space. I aim to understand with true empathy, to listen without judgement and to use my skills to help you find a way forward with whatever problem or situation is causing you concern. I will not give advice, but will help you make your own choices, enabling you to talk freely, without fear of rejection, criticism or blame.
Throughout my years as a counsellor, I have been very privileged to witness many people make lasting positive changes to their lives. I have also been fortunate to have spent 13 years at a highly reputable counselling service in Exeter where 90% of our clients were G.P referrals, giving me a wealth of experience in working with people with a variety of issues and difficulties, such as
- Low self-esteem
- Bereavement and Losses
- issues arising from childhood
I work with Individuals, Couples and Families & am lucky to be able to offer flexible appointments times including evenings and if for any reason you would struggle to attend in person I also offer the option of Telephone & Skype sessions.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I have met the strict standards required to be on the Accredited Registers approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Many people are unaware that our profession is not regulated meaning unqualified or struck off counsellors and Agencies such as Palace Gate Counselling Service in Exeter are still within their rights to practice as therapist. So please when choosing your counsellor do make sure they are on the Accredited Voluntary Register.
What is Counselling & How Can it Help?
There may be times in our lives when we experience difficult situations, our thoughts and feelings leave us confused and we may feel that things just can't go on as before, a sense that something must change. I strongly believe that in the right counselling relationship we discover the self-understanding which enables us to make satisfying self-directed changes for healing and growth.
Talking - Telling a counsellor about your problems will help you to explore and clarify exactly what the problem is. This may sound simple but very often when we are having difficulties we can get stuck in our own thought patterns. Talking to a professional who does not know any of the people or events involved will help you to focus, and you may find yourself widening your thinking. This in itself can be helpful.
Listening - A counsellor is also a trained listener and will try to understand what you are saying and feeling and will reflect this back to you so that we both come to understand the problem more clearly. You will not be given advice or opinions but will be offered an opportunity to look at your difficulties from several angles and decide for yourself what you would like to try to do about them. You will be helped to recognize and to draw on your own strengths and resources and even perhaps discover new qualities you didn't know you had!
Feelings - Counselling is not just about thinking, it is very much about expressing feelings. How you express your feelings is very personal and we all have individual ways of doing this. Being able to share how you feel about yourself and others with your counsellor and to have your feelings really heard and respected with out being judged can help you to decide what you want for yourself, without feeling guilty or beholden to others.
Looking At The Past - As you begin to understand and acknowledge your feelings you will become more aware of and able to resolve patterns which keep recurring and causing you difficulties. In order to understand your feelings you may need to look at the past and see where these feelings originated and how they developed. In doing so you will learn more about yourself, your strengths, weaknesses and needs and how these influence your feelings about yourself and your relationships with others.
Change - Exploring and having a greater understanding of yourself and situations around you will help you to discover your true self, and through counselling you will be able to explore new ways of being and help you make any changes you choose to make.
Couples counselling gives exactly the same opportunities only as a couple.
It gives you both an opportunity to address issues within your relationship that are causing difficulties and to explore the underlying problems that you both face in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Couples can use the process to explore their roles within the relationship and develop new strategies and approaches to each other. This may also require looking at learnt patterns and how others have influenced how you are in a relationship so you can get a greater understanding of yourself and each other and therefore enabling change and fulfilment.
Family therapy offers all of the above conditions with the chance for you to come together as a family to a safe environment where you can explore the relationships between you and to address any difficulties you are experiencing. Often in our busy lives we don’t have an opportunity to come together in space which is safe and non- judgemental. To take the time to really listen to each other with out any outside distractions this in its self can help you to gain a grater understanding of each other and a deeper knowledge of the way you all interact and function as a family and with knowledge and understanding we can promote change.
"I am very grateful for your professionalism, your excellent listening skills and your ability to help me to understand what was going on, many of your insights were like lights clicking on as bits of the jigsaw started to fall into place."
"Thank you so much for being prepared to see me for our sessions and for giving me a very clear message that I am worth helping."
Training, qualifications & experience
While my children were growing up I was involved in local pre-school groups, being supervisor of a play school and an adult support worker at a family workshop. While in these roles, I was faced with adults and children going through emotional difficulties. Feeling inadequate and having experienced the benefit of counselling myself I felt I wanted to further my skills, consequently I started studying to become a counsellor and after completing the R.S.A. Counselling Skills and Certificate in Counselling Theory, I went on to completed my diploma and qualified in 2000.
Since then I have gained experience in many areas of counselling. My first posts were at a Youth Centre and a N.C.H. Family Centre in Tiverton where I gained experience in working with young adults and children.
I have also extended my qualifications by completing my Couple Counselling and Family Therapy courses and attend a variety of training and development day courses throughout the year.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
- £50 per hour for Individual Counselling
- £65 per hour for Couples Counselling
- £70 per hour Family Therapy
- £80 per hour for intense weekend therapy (min 4hrs a day)
My prices are not set in stone and I do offer a limited number of concessionary slots. There maybe a waiting list for these, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to enquire about reduced fees. All of my contact details are confidential so please feel able to leave a message if I am not available to take your call in person.
I am able to offer flexible appointment times, including evenings. Sessions usually last for one hour although extended sessions may be booked.
I am based in Honiton which is easily accessible to surrounding towns including Sidmouth, Exeter, Taunton, Axminster, Ottery St. Mary, Cullompton, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Exmouth and Tiverton. Honiton is situated on the main South West Exeter / London Waterloo line and the station is within easy walking distance. I also work from my consulting room in the centre of Exeter during the week.