Annie Ford

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Counsellor BACP (Accred), Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT, EMDR
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Bradninch EX5 & Cullompton EX15
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This professional is available for new clients.

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.

I offer a safe, confidential space to work through what is troubling you, to explore what has brought you to this place today.

A calm, discreet, non-judgemental and confidential space, to speak freely and openly. Counselling offers an opportunity to "say it as it is for you" and from there you will develop renewed self-awareness, enhanced resilience and balance with strategies to move forward in your life. Allowing new possibilities to emerge and the changes you want to take place at your pace.

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.

With increased self-esteem, you will be able to live more assertively and feel calmer when dealing with challenging people and situations.

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 life is empowering.

Alongside my private practice, I facilitate national support groups and wellbeing workshops for "Breast Cancer Now" and two day evidence based retreats " Living Well" with cancer at a National Cancer Support Centre. I’m also a Counselling Supervisor in Private Practice and for Cruse counsellors a national Charity for Bereavement support. I teach mindfulness and integrate that into my counselling practice if helpful for clients.

I also work in the NHS as a staff support counsellor for a London Medical School Hospital dealing with a range of life and work issues.

I am an Accredited Counselling member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My Counselling Approach

I am professionally trained in Integrative counselling approaches, incorporating person centred and psychodynamic therapies. 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.

Issues I work with

Overwhelm, feeling sad, 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.  During and post pandemic, I have worked with stressors related to working from home, relationships, anxiety and loneliness.

I work a lot with life transition, stressors related to health, job changes, retirement, relationships, weddings, divorce, separation, menopause, becoming a new parent, relocation to a new area, university life, career or work situations etc.

Next Steps - Costs and Getting Started

I offer open ended or short-term therapy to clients based on the following rates:

•           Free 15 minute consultation via phone, then:
•           Individuals: £50 for upto 1 hour session for face to face or online work

Payments can be made by cheque or electronic BACs payments.

Reduced fee sessions are available on a limited basis for student counsellors, carers and clients on low income.

I work flexibly, from my Private Calm Studio, online on zoom and outdoors during week days until 7pm and Saturdays from 8am until 12.30md.

Supervision and Fees
I currently work with counselling students during placements, qualified counsellors and other professionals requiring supervisory support.

£50 per hour for 1:1 & Group sessions.

Bespoke Retreat Day
I offer bespoke Retreat days for clients who need a day away to replenish, a restorative day following a stressful event such as loss or bereavement. The bespoke Retreat day is replenishing, an opportunity to recharge, redefine and refocus in a quiet, calm and supportive space. Prices available on request.

Mill House Retreat Centre is a stone’s throw away from my Studio, one of Devon’s best kept secrets. Excellent for a "get away" from the maddening crowds, a day retreat or a group meeting or conference. A place of nature, charm, kindness, log fires, breadmaking and calm abounds there

Support Group Facilitation
If you require a facilitator for group work, please do call or email me to discuss, I am a trained group facilitator and Coach. I have worked for Charites, NHS and CCGs facilitating ranges of support groups i.e., user engagement, educational, health promotional events and group sessions.

I manage and facilitate support groups on a monthly basis for women with secondary breast cancer in Taunton on behalf of Breast Cancer Now. All our work is currently online.

I am aware of how stressful that first call can be, our aim is support you to enhance your resilience, I look forward to hearing from you.

I am currently working online during covid and outdoors with risk assessments.

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.

1:1 retreat days are available on request, at a retreat centre close to my home office, 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.

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

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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 with carers coping and burnout.

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 .

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Short and long term therapy is available.

Initial introductory session is free, allowing time to discuss your needs, further sessions cost £50 per hour ( see tarriffs below).

Couples counselling £50 per session - Due to Covid-19 I am unable to see couples at this time.

Supervision £50 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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work online and from in a Calm Confidential Counselling Studio in Mid Devon EX5 and online Monday to Fridays 8am to 7pm & Saturdays 8am to 1pm.

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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Bradninch, Devon, EX5

Cullompton, Devon, EX15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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I work flexibly to meet your needs, face to face indoors , outdoors and online. To access my office it is not suitable for wheelchairs at this time.

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In person

As a Supervisor I draw upon 40 plus years of professional 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.

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