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Annie Ford. Counsellor BACP (Accred), Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT & Supervisor

Bradninch EX5 & Cullompton EX15
07748 523704 07748 523704 07748 523704 07748 523704 Registered / Accredited
Bradninch EX5 & Cullompton EX15

About me

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.

During Covid19 I am working online, outdoors and face to face in my office with safety measures in place.

My Counselling Approach

As a BACP Accredited Counsellor, I have trained to work using Integrative approaches which include person centred and psychodynamic therapy. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness and Executive 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 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 and unique 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.

As a Macmillan Nurse and Midwife, I have worked in Womens Health for many years and understand the complexities of settling into new roles, cancer, infertility and loss for individuals and families. As a Coach I have worked with clients experiencing challenges in the work place, dealing with restructuring, bullying and now new ways of working during the Pandemic Covid-19.

As well as my private counselling practice, I manage and facilitate 2 day cancer support retreats and secondary breast cancer groups across Devon and Somerset and online during Covid19.

I also offer 1:1 retreat days at a retreat centre close to my home office, this is for individuals or couples dealing with life changing issues, the work is bespoke so please get in touch, if you feel this may support you at this time. Note overnight stays may also be available on request at the retreat centre.

Next Steps

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

Counselling Training

Online Professional Counsellors Certificate - 86 hours of Online training

Diploma in Supervision (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training)

Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT) (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training)

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Certificate in Person Centred Counselling

Certificate in managing loss, grief and bereavement in practice

EMDR Therapy Training.

Group Facilitation Certificate - Nationally Accredited Facilitator for 2 Day Living Well with Cancer Residential Retreats. Work includes retreats, support groups and online work.

Coaching Training

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 Level 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

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 and HIV etc.

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 Integrative Counselling, Professional Supervision, Coaching, Mindfulness, NLP, CBT and EMDR.

As a Supervisor I currently work with counselling students within placement, qualified counsellors and other professionals who require supervisory support.

As well as private practice, I am part of a national specialist team facilitating wellbeing residential retreats for clients living with cancer and their loved ones. During Covid-19, I currently facilitate national online support groups for women with secondary breast cancer (for a national cancer charity,) I previously carried out the groups in Taunton, Torquay and Bristol.

I have worked professionally in GP Practices, NHS Hospitals , Hospices and Community Health settings as Counsellor, Coach, Clinician (Advanced Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Midwifery) and as a Clinical Supervisor.

In my NHS work, I have managed ranges of support groups including antenatal, postnatal, cancer and long term conditions. I have extensive experience as a Hospice Bereavement Counsellor and currently facilitate support group work for two national cancer charities

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.

Professional roles:

  • Midwife specialist working with families who have 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 an Accredited 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

I work with clients adapting to University life, in transition due to a house move or retirement or health conditions as well as issues such as grief, loss, fertility, 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 .

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


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 - Due to Covid-19 I am unable to see couples at this time.

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 infoannieford@aol.com


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

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

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Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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

I work flexibly to meet your needs, face to face indoors , outdoors and online.


I work flexibly face to face and online Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm & Saturdays 8am to 1pm from my Studio in EX5

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Annie Ford. Counsellor BACP (Accred), Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT & Supervisor

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