Avril Parker BACP & ACC Accred. Psychotherapist Counsellor
Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Supervision Services in Braunton, near Barnstaple, Devon
I am a professionally qualified and experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, drawing on Transactional Analysis (TA), Relational and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches. I offer individual and couple counselling and psychotherapy from my practice in Braunton near Barnstaple, Devon. I am a member and accredited to both BACP, ACC, and I am committed to their Ethical Code of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am fully insured and continue my personal and professional development in order to deepen my self-knowledge.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are invaluable in treating any crisis situation, management of stress, grief and trauma, relational problems and emotional or psychological problems that may be in the way of your goal to get the best out of life.
I have experience of working with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, with men, women and couples from diverse backgrounds.
My approach aims to provide you with the means to come to an understanding of your difficulties and how they can be overcome. Additionally, the therapeutic work is focused on utilising and enhancing your particular strengths and developing the potential that lie dormant in you. Therapy is designed around you as a individual.
What I bring to the therapeutic relationship is warmth, compassion, a non-judgemental attitude, and genuine respect for you, and a safe environment for you to tell your story in your own words. I offer a willingness to share your therapeutic journey, enabling you to reach the goals you have set out to achieve.
My respect and belief in the client's ability to make a positive change are the cornerstone of the way I work.
I take referrals from GP's, EAP's, and Individuals. I offer both time-limited and longer term therapy, also offering variations in frequency of sessions, once the therapeutic relationship is established.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling - University of Exeter
Advanced Certificate in Psychological Counselling - Somerset College (SCAT)
Diploma in Psychological Counselling - Somerset College (SCAT)
Certificate in Alcohol Counselling - Insight Alcohol Services, Devon
Certificate of Christian Counselling - Waverley Training Centre
Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101 - The Iron Mill Institute
Certificate in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy - The Iron Mill Institute
Advanced Certificate in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy - The Iron Mill Institute
Diploma in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy - The Iron Mill Institute
Advanced Diploma in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy - The Iron Mill Institute
Certificate in Asperger's Syndrome in Adults
Certificate in Supervision
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
ACC Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
BSc. Open Degree with the Open University
In addition to my qualifications above, I regularly attend seminars, workshops, and additional training which have helped me to broaden my knowledge base. This enables me to work with a wider range of client's difficulties.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
My fee for a 1 hour session is £45
My fee for a 1 hour session is £75
My fee for a one hour session is £45
I work with a variety of presenting issues and I have a wide experience of working with client's affected by substance abuse. I have a good understanding of the 12 step program for treatment of addictions and I am able to incorporate this into my therapeutic work.
I provide an integrative approach to supervision, incorporating the Cyclical Model (Page & Wosket) and the Six Mode Process Model (Hawkins & Shohet).
Additionally I counsel and supervise students who themselves are in training.
I offer Telephone Counselling.