Annie Ford. MBACP Registered, Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT, Dip NLP.
07748 523704 / 07748 523704
As a Registered MBACP Counsellor, I am professionally trained to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore what is important to you right now.
I work with clients on issues that are causing stress, distress and anxiety in their present life. It is important to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and how to manage difficulties you may be facing. Having a quiet, calm and supportive place to "say it as it is" enabling you to develop increased insight and new strategies to move forward in your life.
Counselling enhances self-awareness and from that the opportunity to allow new possibilities to emerge and changes to take place leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.
I am Integratively trained ( Diplomas in Integrative Counselling, CBT, NLP and Counselling Supervision), which means I use the most appropriate counselling skills to suit your individual needs. I find each clients issues, resilience and coping strategies are as unique as they are.
Clients sometimes present with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, bereavement, loss, grief and unhealthy relationships. I am experienced in dealing with life transition (or life changes) i.e. related to health, divorce, separation, menopause, becoming a new parent, retirement, relocation to a new area, career or work situations.
I have experience of working with university students who are experiencing stress related to their new life and integration into their community.
I also work with parents postnatally supporting them with work:life balance. I have many years of experience working within womens health and have a lot of insight into the impact of conditons such as infertility, loss and cancer on relationships.
When dealing with complex issues in life, they can be difficult to express to friends and family; our work will help you move towards accepting and supporting yourself without fear of judgement.
I am a Mindfulness Practitioner and sometimes use it to support clients selfcare; teaching gentle relaxation and breathing exercises.
My Counselling Studio is based in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter. I am easily accessible via M5 at Junction 28 or via bus routes directly to my office. Free parking is available for all clients.
Covering: Bradninch, Cullompton, Broadclyst, Pinhoe, Exeter, Whipton, Whimple, Honiton, Kentisbeare, Halberton, Tiverton, Wellington and Taunton.
As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I adhere to their Code of Ethics, confidentiality and good practice. I have regular Supervision to support my practice and I attend regular professional development and training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling.
Certificate in managing loss, grief and bereavement in practice.
Adv Diploma in CBT.
Adv Diploma in Clinical Supervision for Counsellors.
Adv Diploma in Executive, Business and Life Coaching.
Diploma in NLP.
Certificate in Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals.
Health Professional Training
Certificate in End of Life Care.
MSc Leadership studies.
Certificate in Clinical Risk Management.
ENB Certificate in Advanced Oncology Nursing.
RCN Health Management and Leadership programme.
ENB Certificate in Family Planning.
ENB Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
BSc Research studies.
ENB Certificate in Teaching and Assessing.
NHS Registered Midwifery Training.
NHS Registered Nurse Training.
I currently work in Private Practice from my calm purpose built studio in Mid Devon seeing clients with a range of issues.
As a Counsellor I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling using my skills for women in gynaecology, infertility, cancer and familiy planning services. Since then I have completed extensive training in Coaching, Mindfulness, NLP and Integrative Counselling which continues to inspire me.
As a qualified supervisor I currently work with counselling students within placement, qualified counsellors and other professionals who have a need for supervisory support.
I have worked professionally in GP Practices, Hospitals and Community Health settings as Counsellor, Coach, Clinician (Advanced Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Midwifery) and as a Clinical Supervisor. As well as my private practice, I work as a Bereavement Support Counsellor in a Local Hospice as well as facilitating Cancer Support Groups for women with secondary breast cancer. In my NHS work I have managed a range of support groups including antenatal, postnatal, cancer and long term conditions.
In my work for NHS London I have managed and worked as clinical lead in womens health services including inpatient, outpatients, cancer services and IVF Units as well as being a professional lead at Director level.
- Midwife specialist working with families who had experienced loss of a baby, working collaboratively with GPs, Bereavement Counsellors and SANDs supporting women locally, regionally and nationally.
- Advanced Nurse Practitioner working with women and their partners experiencing miscarriages, infertility and psychosexual issues related to a range of health conditions and trauma.
- Macmillan Nurse in Gynaecological Oncology working with women experiencing a cancer diagnosis and sometimes End of Life care; working collaboratively with The Royal Marsden Hospital, St Georges Hospital, The Portland Hospital and Trinity Hospice in London.
- Health Diversity projects published in national journals (commended in the House of Lords and that work continues in NHS SW London).
- Associate lecturer in Womens Health at Kingscollege London and Kingston Upon Thames Universities.
- Consultancy work for the NHS and the Charity Sector managing wellbeing portfolios of work in London and the South West.
In 2018 I completed the Penny Brohn Cancer Support Centre Faciliatators training programme enabling me to work on the "Living Well With Cancer" Programmes in Bristol and the South West.
I am trained in Mindfulness, I use my skills with clients to help with relaxation and stress management.
I am a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and professional practice.
I belong to a Special Interest Group (SIG) in Coaching with BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adapting to University life, transition, grief, Infertility pregnancy loss, still birth support, miscarriage, cancer support and carers helping loved ones.
Workplace issues such as bullying and harrassment.
Farming community issues and wellbeing related to rurality in Devon.
Military community issues related to settling into new area and transition.
Covering Bradninch, Cullompton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Whimple, Willand, Honiton, Exeter, Wellington, Taunton, Tiverton and Kentisbeare.
Short and long term therapy is available.
The initial introductory session is free, allowing time to discuss your needs, further sessions cost £40 per hour.
Couples counselling £45 per session.
Supervision £40 per hour ( Student Counsellors £30 ).
I offer a limited number of concessionary sessions for student counsellors, carers and those on low income.
Please call 07748 523704 or email me email@example.com
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and a DBS for my work within the Hospice and Cancer Community.
My private practice is in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter with easy access to public transport or by car with free parking.
Accessible via all number 1 buses from Exeter via Whipton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Cullompton and Tiverton. Via Somerset on M5 or A38 via Taunton and Wellington. I always send clients directions to my studio.
Please email for further details or questions related to my professional work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work flexibly Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm & Saturdays 8am to 3pm from my Studio in EX5
Types of client
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