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Reg Member BACP, Couples Counsellor and Supervisor

About me

      I am an effective Counsellor with a broad life experience, I know that this time of Covid has created a great deal of stress and perhaps worsened longstanding problems. Perhaps you feel more worried or anxious, maybe you feel sad or down, or your sleep has suffered and you feel you are really struggling. I am here to listen to you, to hear you and assist you to make the changes you want in your life. I offer complete privacy, warmth and compassion.

I work with the following and many other problem areas too!

                                                  Anxiety and related issues

                                                      Depression, handling loss,

                                                      Bereavement, trauma, grief

                                                      Family and relationship issues

                                                      Identity issues, making sense of your life

                                                      Finding meaning to life

                                                      Workplace problems

What can I offer?

    I would like to help you navigate the rapids in your life; I would like to hear the ebb and flow of your life story, chart the unexplored tributaries and undercurrents. Help find the places that seem dammed up, or in need of movement, working together with you to find what is needed to make your life become fluid, spontaneous and fulfilled.

      I believe we are relational beings and that each of us have had a unique experience of life; our cultures, our families and our interactions with other people have affected us deeply, sometimes leaving us with with ways of dealing with life that no longer work for us, or that can leave us feeling completely stuck. This can affect our sense of self esteem, if we do not feel understood and respected, perhaps part of us literally packs up and leaves because it cannot cope. I would like to work with you to gently restore those parts of you that have felt lost, and also to make sense of different feelings, dreams, memories and current experiences

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.Rumi.

  Who am I

    I am a highly experienced Counsellor who has worked as a Therapist within the NHS for 16 years, I work in my quiet and tranquil and completely private garden room where you can relax and voice whatever it is that is troubling you, knowing that whatever you say, I will respect your confidentiality and will work within the professional guidelines of the BACP.

Why not try a free consultation session for Couples or Individuals with me, 07717065459?

                                                    When I trained as a Counsellor I felt empowered by the insights I gained into my behaviour and the way I related to others; I realised that the only person I could change was myself, and that there is no limitation as to how much one can change if the will is there. I work creatively using techniques derived from Art therapies, and other resources to suit the uniqueness of each person work with.

My pledge to you

To be heard, to feel understood
To be put at ease that what you tell me will be treated with respect and in confidence.
To feel received and welcomed, whatever you are feeling
To be given clear and honest feedback about what we might achieve within Counselling
To be able to work towards identifying and achieving specific goals

I am married with a son and a daughter. I have a great love of nature and spend much free time exploring Dartmoor, I am also a musician, a wood carver and an artist.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advance Diploma in Drama and Movement in Therapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Integrative Psychosynthesis
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Diploma in Creative supervision. Iron Mill Institute
  • Registered Member of BACP
  • Threshold Course in Ecotherapy 

    I have worked as an Arts Therapist within a Therapeutic Community for people with Personality Disorders.
  • I am currently providing free sessions to Frontline NHS Staff through Frontline19.
  • I have worked as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor for the South West School of Dramatherapy
  • I have been a tutor on the Sesame Dramatherapy Course
  • Group Therapist on Exeter  M A in Dramatherapy Course
  • Project Manager for Exeter Based charity, Magic Carpet's  Drama Moves group

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BACP

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

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

1 hour Initial consultation free

I normally charge £45 a session but provide some concessions

Creative Supervision £45.00 a session, (£45 concessionary rate for 1.5 hrs)

Couples Counselling £65.00 one hour  session

I also offer free Counselling during this Covoid crisis to NHS workers

When I work

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Morning
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I welcome any enquiry and will try to accommodate your needs. I now offer Counselling online.

Further information

A Chinese philosopher called Lao-Tse once said; 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step' .I would encourage anyone who is uncertain just to take the time to take that one step to come to Counselling and break with the limitations of the past, in so doing, you will naturally discover your own amazing potential .

Rylthorpe, Plymouth Road, Chudleigh Knighton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0EN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

No steps, ground floor, availabilty of parking in my drive if accessibility is an issue

Supervision

In person
Online

I believe that Counsellors and Therapists need to feel received, contained and supported as much as the clients we work with.

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