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About me

Hello, I'm Barbara , an Exeter based experienced counsellor,  working face to face and online.

Current situation:

  • I currently have availability for online counselling. 


  • My effective counselling approach can be of help with a wide range of issues and life events e.g. anxiety, depression, low self esteem, low confidence, relationship issues , abusive relationships , miscarriage, fertility ,  menopause and family issues. I have experience of and special interest in University student/staff  issues, bereavement and loss, stress management and womens' physical, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing.
  • Exploring your feelings and experiences through one-to-one discussion can provide you with being listened to without judgement, support , new insights and perspectives. It can also lead to new ways to deal with the issues that are having an impact on your life and overall wellbeing.
  • I work with all adults from 18 upwards

My experience:

  • I’m a very experienced counsellor . A registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP), and I work to the code of ethics set down by the BACP ethical framework.
  • I’m also a qualified and experienced supervisor offering supervision to qualified and student counsellors, and those working in job roles where it’s helpful for their wellbeing to have a safe caring space to explore the work and its impact on them.

Professional background:

  • Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked as a freelance learning and development consultant , coach and mentor, specialising in management development, personal development, womens' development and stress management.
  • I've also had senior roles in the recruitment sector and have substantial experience of employability.

Getting started:

  • I offer an optional low cost 30 minute introductory meeting; an opportunity to meet with me, find out more about counselling and my approach, allowing you to decide if you're comfortable working with me as your counsellor
  • To book an appointment please call me on 07740678218 or email at bm@exeterquaycounselling.co.uk
  • If I’m not immediately available I will get back to you within 24 hours

Additional information:

  • A qualified and very experienced Counsellor , a member of the BACP, on the BACP Register accredited by the Department of Health, and fully insured for my work.
  • A qualified and experienced Counselling Supervisor
  • An approved Counsellor for Lifeworks and Pro-Counselling ( Employee Assistance Programmes)

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Strathclyde (BACP)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Training Management (CIPD) Cranfield School of Management)
  • Certificate in Stress Management (OCR)Certificate in Creative Supervision (UKCP)

Additional training:

Stress Management
Rape and sexual abuse
Domestic violence
Personal Development
Springboard Womens' Development Programme
Coaching and Mentoring

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • University student issues
  • University graduates transitioning to the workplace
  • Work/life balance
  • Conflict and anger issues
  • PMS and PMD
  • Menopause
  • Stress management
  • Womens’ issues and life events

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From £40.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information


The fee for a 30 minute face to face or online informal consultation is £20

Thereafter the fees are £55 per 50 minute counselling session

Some concessions are available,  e.g. students, seniors and low waged,  so please enquire.


£55 per 60 minute session

£40 per 60 minute session for trainee counsellors and those in the first 6 months of private practice


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

A  30 minute initial consultation is available,  or you can book to start counselling without a consultation

Further information

I currently have availability for new online clients, either in the UK or abroad. 

I've extensive experience of face to face and online counselling and supervision, working  with clients in various locations. 

Client testimonials:

"Barbara has inspired me to become to person I am today, full of confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. Her wonderful ability to help me identify, understand and deal with my issues and anxieties will be forever invaluable. Thank you so much!"

"Thank you so much for all your help. I am eternally grateful for all of your support and understanding. I am really excited for the next chapter in my life."

"Thank you again. I can't express how grateful I am to have you with me all through this summer. It was life-changing indeed. "

PAC Exeter
3 Barnfield Crescent

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

The practice is on the third floor of this lovely Georgian building My private therapy room is very comfortable and spacious with a lot of natural light and ventilation.

Additional languages


Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I provide supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors either in person or online. I also provide supervision for those in other care based roles

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Barbara Matheson

Barbara Matheson