About me

With over 22 years experience, I have a particular interest in working, via Skype/FaceTime or the telephone, with clients from all over the world or with levels of disability who are unable to visit me in person. I do have limited face to face slots in my rooms near Exeter in South Devon.

A warm and insightful counsellor, I am dedicated to finding ways of improving the lives of those of you who come to me seeking help.

I believe that counselling truly is your journey of a lifetime, your magical mystery tour. You may come to counselling feeling cornered, restricted and encumbered.

Maybe you feel as if you are living inside a glass bubble; you can see the world outside it but seem unable to communicate in the way you or others want, and feel unable to feel what you or others would like you, to feel about the people and things outside of your bubble. You may feel your head is full of sticky black cobwebs, rendering your brain unable to move at the normal pace.

If you are feeling any of those things, are a survivor of narcissistic parenting or boarding school, are enduring or recovering from coercive control, are struggling to make decisions, are undergoing relationship difficulties or are looking to enjoy a quality of life that seems to elude you, counselling can help you achieve that equilibrium. Yes, it can feel a terrifyingly risky first step. Yes, it can be painful, but there is laughter and humour too - and growth along the way. Given time, patience, and above all courage and trust in yourself, your counsellor and the partnership between you, you really can achieve that.

I use Psychodynamic and Person-centred approaches and have had 23 years experience in counselling, with an additional 8 years working in the Mental Health services, enabling me to identify problems which may need additional help from agencies other than from counselling alone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I started my training with Sussex Counselling - a Person-Centred discipline, over three years in 1989 and continued with a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from 1995 to 1998.

During this period I was working in a Community Mental Health team with other Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Occupational Therapists where I gained valuable experience of working with people with serious mental illness as well as those with anxiety and depression alongside other professionals in the field.

I have maintained my professional integrity by undertaking Continuing Professional Development training.

I have had and continue to have regular supervision throughout my 23 years as a counsellor.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school syndrome

Narcissistic parenting

Coercive control endurer or survivor

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

For individuals I make no charge for our first, fact-finding session together.

Fees: Individuals £50 Couples £65 for each 50 minute session.

FEES ARE NEGOTIABLE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Budleigh Salterton
Exeter
Devon
EX9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Fluent in French

Accessibility

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

My fees are negotiable during this difficult time. Accessible by phone, Skype or FaceTime if you have limited mobility.

Availability

I specialise in online and telephone counselling. I currently have spaces during the daytime and have very limited evening and weekend slots

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Social

Angela Simmons

Angela Simmons