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Counselling Exeter. M.A. MBACP(Accred)

About me

  • You have the ability to get your life back on the track that you want it to be.
  • I help people to help themselves. People who take the first step of recognizing that help is advisable and available, are courageous - they also understand that they can improve their well-being, their happiness and their relationships with others.
  • Focusing on the future and what you want in your life forms a large part of my counselling.
  • If that desired future is being badly affected by past events and experiences we will work towards understanding and resolution of those also.
  • The future can be changed from what it might have been; the past is fixed - it has happened.
  • I work in the belief that people can attain and maintain autonomy over their lives, enabling them to make their best decisions for themselves - not feeling that they should bounce from one problem to the next, either their own or of others.
  • Counselling will help you to understand the underlying reasons why you may be using negative thoughts and behavior which you may have learnt in the past - some of which are not useful or appropriate in the present. It will also give ideas of the more enjoyable life that may be available.
  • Counselling brings awareness, reality and knowledge to anger, confusion, anxiety and depression. It can be fun and laughter, joy, understanding, bringing a sense of knowledge and clarity to problems which may have built up over a long time. It can also be hard mental effort, working towards a better appreciation of your current situation and a future way of living in this wonderful world.
  • Mental conflict of any kind can often be helped by understanding where it originated. Realising how past problems are really affecting you now, and why, can enable real solutions to real issues. If you are living your current life according to rules or habits which originated a long time ago, you may be unknowingly discontent with the result.
  • Understanding a problem may be the solution just by itself. Working with that understanding, with clarity and reality, to bring a new viewpoint to life may be the big improvement you wish.
  • I also understand that people may have difficulties in settling down in UK after overseas careers. I empathize with people who have business difficulties and hectic career lives, with an aim to bring clarity and reasoning to why they are doing so and what are their objectives and wishes. Counselling assists in bringing reality and calm to what can be a rewarding and successful aspect of life, instead of feelings of pressure, fear and pure ambition.
  • I work in a professional, ethical manner, adhering to the rules and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) of which I am a member.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters Degree in Psychotherapy Research.
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrated Counselling.
  • BACP Accreditation.
  • Member of European Association for Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling.
  • Transactional Analysis TA101.
  • Ongoing training, CPD courses.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Depression and disappointment with your current situation and low self esteem.
  • Difficulty in establishing or maintaining a comfortable work and personal life balance.
  • Stress issues of establishing and maintaining an effective balance between the common contradiction of trying to have a wonderful job and a wonderful personal life - and the result of either or both being unsatisfactory.
  • Problems of settling down to a steady life in UK, after having lived and worked overseas for a prolonged period.
  • I have lived and worked overseas for most of my life. I have first-hand experience of how that can be; with the joys, pleasures, frustrations as well as the pitfalls of resettling back into an English lifestyle.


Additional information

  • £55 per hour.
  • Sessions are one full hour.
  • First introductory session is £35 per hour.

When I work

  • Morning hours;  weekdays, Sat & Sun mornings.

Further information

  • I provide a limited number of sessions during weekends.
  • I have lived and worked overseas for most of my life. I have experienced the stresses and emotions that moving to or from overseas situations, for both the employee and their families.
  • I work with people who have issues with the results of overseas living. I enjoy doing so as I know the situations well and use counselling to help.
  • I provide a counselling service to companies that need to put their staff though distressing situations; such as redundancy, reorganization, branch closures, etc.
    I feel strongly that businesses should consider all aspects of their staff's health and well-being  Apart from a possible legal duty to do so, I consider that employers have a responsibility for some of the emotional aspects of their employees lives.
  • Counselling can be a beneficial service that a business provides to staff. It helps people to help themselves, as well as demonstrating to staff and their families that the organisation cares about them as people - not just a productive number or name.
  • When staff know that they are cared for as people they are happier and more content. Involving families of staff in counselling will often also have a great benefit to businesses, improving the overall benefit to people, and ultimately the organisation.
  • Costs of providing counselling to staff will normally be considered a business expense, as such it can be provided at low overall cost. It really can be a win - win situation!

Central Exeter, Exeter, Devon, EX1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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Additional languages

Portuguese, not fluent.