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About me

With over 25 years experience, I have a particular interest in working online or by telephone, with clients from all over the world or with levels of disability that prevent them visiting 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 anxious, sad, unhappy, depressed, cornered.

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, or feel what you or others would like you to feel about the people and things outside of your bubble. It may seem like your head is full of sticky black cobwebs, preventing your brain moving at a normal pace.

If you are feeling any of those things, are a survivor of a narcissistic relationship or parenting, or boarding school, or if you are enduring or recovering from coercive control, or are living with Long Covid, 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 26years 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)

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school syndrome

Narcissistic parenting

Coercive control endurer or survivor

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Refugees

Additional information

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

Fees: Individuals £55 Couples £65 for each 50 minute session.

When I work

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

Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Devon, EX9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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

Additional languages

French

Fluent in French

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp

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