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Alan Bruce Reg Member BACP, Couples Counsellor and Supervisor

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

About me

        Has your relationship become unstuck or really difficult since lockdown or before? These are difficult and testing times, with so much extra stress involved in almost every single aspect of life. We have had to make huge adaptions to the way we have been living, taking on different roles, working from home, increased time with our children. For couples, this can result in more frustration, irritability, or lack of appreciation generally. One partner can feel that they are carrying an unfair share of all the tasks that need dealing with, sometimes it can seem very hard to get a relationship back to how it began, when two people felt really attracted to each other and there was a strong sense of love and mutual care.

What can I offer?

    I would like to support you to get your relationship back on track. I can look at the ways you behave, communicate and understand each other as a couple. We are all unique individuals with our own ways of expressing ourselves, sometimes our upbringing and past experiences can affect how we talk to one another. We can easily neglect to show affection, that we care, that we understand each other. Above all, we need to have trust and mutual respect in order for the lost parts of a relationship to return. I offer a collaborative approach where you will both be heard and treated with the utmost respect in order that your relationship can flourish again.

  Who am I

        I write this as someone who knows what it has felt like to have had to visit a Couples Counsellor myself, then worked to successfully recover my own marriage! 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?

Some problems I can help with   Anxiety and related issues

                                                      Depression, handling loss,

                                                      Bereavement, grief

                                                      Family and relationship issues

                                                      Identity issues, making sense of your life

                                                      Finding meaning to 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.

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 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


1 hour Initial consultation free

I normally charge £40 a session but provide some concessions

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

Couples Counselling £60.00 one hour 15 mins 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

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


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 Reg Member BACP, Couples Counsellor and Supervisor

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