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Alan Bruce Registered Member BACP, Counsellor and Supervisor

Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0EN 01626 439194 01626 439194 07717065459 07717065459 Registered / Accredited
Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0EN

About me

Sometimes it can feel like we are carrying around a huge burden that accompanies us in every aspect of our life, when we are with our partners, our friends, in our relationships and in even in our sleep. I would like to offer a collaborative approach where we can shine some light on your issues, understand their origin and develop new ways of dealing with them so that they are not repeated in the future.

  I am a highly experienced Counsellor offering you a quiet and tranquil setting where you can relax and voice whatever it is that is troubling you. I will provide you with honest feedback and clarity about what changes we might achieve through several sessions

I will listen to you, offer you a relaxing welcoming space, respecting your confidentiality and help you to explore the best way for you to move forward. Within this process you will learn to value yourself and your own needs, and start to enjoy being who you are. When we develop love and compassion for ourselves, wonderful things start to happen in our lives!

Some problems I can help with ; Anxiety and related issues

                                                Depression, handling loss, bereavement, grief

                                                Family and relationship issues

                                                Worrying over current issues in Britain and the world

                                                Finding meaning in your life

                I believe our life experience affects the way we feel about ourselves, sometimes causing us to feel anxious, sad or depressed, often because we may find it difficult to remember to appreciate ourselves or look after our own needs. Particularly when we are stressed.

          Rather than having the resilience to cope with life changes; we may feel overwhelmed or despondent, perhaps feeling that we do not deserve to receive what we want out of our lives. This can lead to a feelings of hopelessness and exhaustion -we may feel 'stuck', inside ourselves, in our friendships, choice of partners, work, attitude to life, and in other areas. When we stop being critical of ourselves, our confidence begins to flow and we can begin to use our creative energy to appreciate and even love ourselves.

  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.

I have sixteen years of experience of working therapeutically with patients of many different backgrounds within the NHS, I have worked as a Counsellor both privately and for MIND and other organisations since 2004.

What I offer:

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 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

I have worked as an Arts Therapist within a Therapeutic Community for people with Personality Disorders.

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

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.


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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Arts therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dramatherapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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1 hour Initial Meeting £20.00
I normally charge £40 a session
but provide some concessions for those on low income

Creative Supervision £40.00 a session, (£30 concessions)

Couples Counselling £55.00 a session

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

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 .

Plymouth Road
Chudleigh Knighton
Newton Abbot
TQ13 0EN

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I welcome any enquiry and will try to accommodate your needs. I now offer Counselling online, I can also offer appointments until 7.30 in the evening if required.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Alan Bruce Registered Member BACP, Counsellor and Supervisor

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