Annie Ford. Counsellor BACP (Accred), Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT & Supervisor
It takes courage to take that first step to see a counsellor, you may be feeling a bit stuck or perhaps finding life a bit overwhelming right now. Counselling offers you a safe, confidential space to work through what is troubling you.
I offer a calm, discreet, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore what is important right now. Counselling enhances self-awareness and from that the opportunity to allow new possibilities to emerge and the changes you want to take place. As an experienced counsellor I will work with you to gain renewed self-awareness and balance.
My Counselling Approach
As a BACP Accredited Counsellor, I have trained to work Integratively, using person centred and psychodynamic appraoches I have also trained in cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and professional coaching. I tailor my counselling work to suit each client’s individual needs.
With new insight and self-awareness, you will learn how to manage your wellbeing outside of the therapy room. Learning to understand your stressors and how they impact on your life can be empowering; with new awareness you can develop strategies to manage them and move forward in your life.
Some of the Issues I work with
Overwhelm, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress, bereavement, loss and unhealthy relationships. I find the issues clients bring to counselling are as individual as they are.
Life transition, with stressors related to health, relationships, weddings, divorce, separation, menopause, becoming a new parent, retirement, relocation to a new area, university life, career or work situations etc.
Personal and private issues 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 offer a free introductory session, giving you the opportunity to ask questions as well as explore whether counselling is right for you right now.
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.
Covering: Mid Devon, Bradninch, Cullompton, Broadclyst, Pinhoe, Exeter, Whipton, Whimple, Honiton, Kentisbeare, Halberton, Plymtree, Tiverton, Wellington and Taunton.
As an Accredited 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.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Supervision (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training)
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Certificate in managing loss, grief and bereavement in practice.
Adv Diploma in Executive, Business and Life Coaching
Diploma in NLP
Certificate in Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals.
Health Professional Training
Certificate in Faciliation Group Work Retreats and Workshops
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 life issues including anxiety, stress, depression, loss, grief, bereavement and transitions related to work or health i.e. fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer, MS, HIV and others.
As a Counsellor, I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling using my skills for women in gynaecology, infertility, cancer and familiy planning services in London. Since then I have completed extensive training in Supervision, Coaching, Mindfulness, NLP, CBT and Integrative Counselling.
As a Supervisor I currently work with counselling students within placement, qualified counsellors and other professionals who require supervisory support.
I have worked professionally in GP Practices, NHS 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 Counsellor in a Hospice and facilitate group work for two national cancer charities. I am part of a specialist team facilitating wellbeing residential retreats for clients with cancer and their loved ones. In my NHS work, I have managed ranges of support groups including antenatal, postnatal, cancer and long term conditions.
At NHS London I have managed and worked as a clinical lead in womens health services i.e. inpatient, outpatients, cancer services and IVF Units as well as being a professional lead at Director level.
- Midwife specialist working with families who 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 for staff experiencing change and transition.
I am currently completing my BACP Accreditation and pursuing a Masters Degree in Mindfulness and wellbeing.
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
- Career counselling
- 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
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adapting to University life, transition, grief, Infertility pregnancy loss, still birth support, miscarriage, menopause, cancer support and carers helping loved ones.
Workplace issues such as overwhelm, bullying and harrassment.
Farming community issues and wellbeing related to rurality in Devon.
Military and Police work stress or issues related to settling into new area and transition.
Covering Bradninch, Cullompton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Whimple, Willand, Honiton, Exeter, Wellington, Taunton, Kentisbeare, Tiverton and Plymtree .
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Short and long term therapy is available.
Initial introductory session is free, allowing time to discuss your needs, further sessions cost £40 per hour ( see tarriffs below).
Couples counselling £45 per session.
Supervision £40 per hour
I offer a limited number of concessionary sessions for student counsellors, carers and those on low income.
Please call 07748 523704 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and a DBS checks for my work with SW Charities.
My private practice is in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter with easy access to public transport or by car with free parking.
The Studio is accessible via all number 1 buses from Exeter or via Tiverton.
I am also easily accessible via Cullompton, Whipton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Honiton and Somerset towns via M5 or A38 i.e. Taunton and Wellington. I always send/email directions to my studio for clients.
Please email to book an appointment, for further details or questions related to my professional work.
Bespoke Retreat days available for individuals and teams in a wonderful centre in Mid Devon on request.
Transition coaching days also available on request
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work flexibly Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm & Saturdays 8am to 1pm from my Studio in EX5
Types of client
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Supervision & training
As a Supervisor I draw upon 30 plus years training and experience of working in a wide range of professional clinical settings including NHS, Primary Care, Charity Sector, community based counselling and private practice.View supervision profile