Alan Bruce Registered Member BACP, Counsellor and Supervisor
I am a highly experienced Counsellor offering you a quiet and tranquil setting where you can unburden yourself, unwind and voice whatever it is that is troubling you.
I will listen to you, offer you a relaxing welcoming space, respecting your confidentiality and help you to explore how to feel comfortable within yourself. 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 understanding of ourselves wonderful things start to happen in our lives!
I specialise in looking at relationships and how they affect us, if you wish, we can explore ways in which you might improve your relationship with your partner, family, or at the workplace or wherever we feel a need to make some changes.
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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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 £45.00
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 .
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I welcome any enquiry and will try to accommodate your needs. I can also offer appointments until 7.30 in the evening if required.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I believe that Counsellors and Therapists need to feel received, contained and supported as much as the clients we work with.