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Audrey Cooper (BSc, MBACP)

Newton Abbot TQ13 & Totnes TQ9 07849 392 635 07849 392 635
Newton Abbot TQ13 & Totnes TQ9
07849 392 635 07849 392 635

About me

* * * Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, I am currently only offering Skype (Zoom) or telephone sessions for clients. These sessions are remarkably effective and a great alternative to being the same room.   Please contact me to find out more * * *

Hello and welcome to my page!   Please take some time to read about me and if you feel that you would like to work with me, please feel free to get in touch!   I offer a free phone conversation of up to 20 minutes..

I am a professional and experienced counsellor and hold an advanced Level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling. I have been in practice since 2013.

I work with a wide range of life issues, such as:stress and anxiety

  • depression and feelings of sadness
  • relationship issues
  • work / career related stress
  • issues of shame and blame
  • boundaries
  • family issues
  • low self-esteem
  • poor body image
  • lack of confidence
  • autonomic nervous system understanding
  • plus much more

Do you have regular thoughts about not being good enough? Or do you wish you didn't feel that there's something wrong with you? Perhaps you have a need to be perfect. These are all patterns which can be worked through in counselling... giving you a greater sense of ease, feeling more connected to your true self and reducing symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression.

I offer a holistic approach to therapy - taking into consideration the link between your mind, body, emotion and your nervous system.   I am trained with Deb Dana to work with fight, flight and freeze responses (Dr Stephen Porges polyvagal theory). These are everyday experiences for all of us - and can be particularly problematic for people with trauma in their history.

I believe in nurturing a clients sense of strength rather than from feelings of weakness. I am a calm, gentle and caring practitioner, and offer respect and integrity in my work. Bottling up emotions can work in the short term, but eventually it becomes time to process painful thoughts, feelings and experiences - in order to move on.

I work on a short term (6 sessions) or longer term which can be a year or more - or anywhere in between according to your needs. I have a collaborative approach and openly discuss what type of therapy you feel may suit you best at any given time.

Going to a counsellor at any time in life can feel daunting. Often the initial reaching out is the hardest step to take. Clients frequently wonder why they waited for so long before having some counselling as it offers such valuable space to offload and gain perspective.

My training and interest can support you to:

  • gain clarity with the issues you face
  • gain new perspectives and understanding of your situation to help you move forward
  • identify and change limiting thoughts and patterns that may be holding you back in life
  • feel more empowered
  • gain a greater sense of compassion towards yourself
  • feel more knowledgeable about the link between body, mind and emotions
  • become more aware of feelings and emotions and how to manage them
  • explore how your past is impacting your present
  • understand how your fight/flight/freeze responses impact your emotions (based on Dr Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory work on the importance of the vagus nerve)
  • learn more about your psychological processes to empower you to make change

I am trained in:

  • CBT
  • person centred therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • mindfulness-based psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray therapy - a method to bring more awareness to life issues
  • Walk and Talk therapy - taking clients into the great outdoors (after assessment for suitability)
  • Food and mood - I can offer support with dietary changes to support mental health and wellbeing
  • Rhythm of Regulation (Deb Dana - Polyvagal theory in Therapy) (fight, flight and freeze responses to threat) see
      for more info

Training, qualifications & experience

Initial Training: (Heartwood Training, Dartington)

  • Level 2 Certificate (CPCAB) in Counselling Skills (2011)
  • Level 3 Certificate (CPCAB) in Counselling Studies (2011)
  • Level 4 Diploma (CPCAB) in Therapeutic Counselling (2013)
    • Person Centred Therapy, Creative Techniques, CBT

Advanced Training: (Lotus Training, Plymouth)

  • Level 5 Diploma (CPCAB) in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2019)     
    • Mindfulness in Therapy, Attachment, Working at depth

Recent Professional Development Courses Undertaken:

  • Sand Tray Therapy Certificate (2018)
  • Walk and Talk Therapy Certificate (2018)
  • Mindfulness (2018)
  • Functional Food Coaching for Mental Health (2018)
  • Single Session Therapy (2019)
  • Rhythm of Regulation with Deb Dana (2019)

Member organisations

BACP

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

Weight Issues
Weight Loss
Parenting

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

Sessions are £45 per hour.

Please contact me for more information and availability. Free 20 minute telephone conversation to discuss what you are looking for before starting online sessions.

Further information

I am a qualified adult education teacher with experience teaching counselling skills and personal development.

I am able to offer group work and classes in personal development / psychoeducation. Please contact me for further info.

Ashburton
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ13 7AS

The Nautilus Rooms
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 5HN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Totnes: at the Nautilus rooms with 2 hrs free parking nearby. Ashburton: cosy bright room with level access - 2 minutes from the A38 - with free parking.  Only 20 minutes from Exeter and Plymouth!

Availability

Current availability: Availability: Zoom, Skype and Telephone sessions

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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