Babs King

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Dip. Couns. Post grad Dip CBT BACP Registered BABCP Accred
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South Molton EX36 & Barnstaple EX31
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome! It can feel quite daunting trying to find the right therapist. Let me give you some more information about me to help you decide if I might be the right therapist for you.

I provided counselling, psychotherapy and CBT in GP practices and health centres in the North Devon area for 23 years and have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues. Additionally, I have undertaken further training and study in the fields of trauma and PTSD, bereavement and loss. I am now currently working for a nationally recognised bereavement charity.

Being a therapist is my vocation; it's what I love to do! My core training is in Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I adhere to BACP's code of ethics and offer a bespoke service which would be tailored to your individual needs.

Maybe you need a safe space in which to share your story, what has happened to you, to be 'heard' and supported back to a better place. Perhaps you need something a bit more structured as might be the case with for example phobias, anxiety, or PTSD.  Or you may be looking for someone you can see on an occasional basis when the need arises. I can help in all of these ways. I see adults (18+) and can offer both long and short-term therapy

Some further info on how I work:

My particular areas of interest are grief and loss, low self-esteem, personal development, trauma and anger (providing there is no risk to others or self).
We tend to think of grief as the loss of a loved one. However, grief can be a response to many other losses which are all part of the human experience. Such losses may include job loss, a home, health, a hoped-for future or self-worth. The loss of anything which we value needs to firstly be recognised and then grieved for if we are to regain our emotional well-being.

Trauma can be any life event(s) which has threatened us in some way and continues to influence our mood and or behaviour. Low self-esteem may be a consequence of adverse early life experiences or negative events in adulthood such as bullying.

Personal development is about discovering and becoming the person that we truly are. There is a basic human need to be loved and accepted and sometimes we suppress our true selves to gain that love and acceptance. An example would be taking a career path that fulfils parental hopes but in which we feel unhappy. Being able to be true to our authentic self is part of the key to leading a more fulfilling and happier life.

Society doesn't like anger, but anger is often a symptom of deep hurt or loss and if that hurt or loss can be identified and processed, there can be a resolution of anger.

If I sound like someone you would like to talk with further, I should be delighted to hear from you. Please telephone and you will reach my voicemail (which will give you a bit more of an idea about 'me'). Please leave a short message; I will endeavour to return your call within 24 hours (Monday- Friday) where possible.

Please note, there are some situations in which I am unable to work with and I will mention these here to ensure that anyone to whom this applies gets the help they need elsewhere with the minimum of delay:

I am unable to offer help where there is a past or current diagnosis of psychosis or personality disorder; where there is a significant risk of harm to self, others, or from others; where there is an active, pending or likely court case relating to the issue being brought. I am also unable to provide reports.
I am also currently not working with bereavement (but I am  still able to work with all other types of loss).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling University of Plymouth 1998
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies University of Exeter 2011 (BABCP Accredited course)
  • Accredited bereavement training 2022
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy London 2001
  • Certificate in Palliative Care University of Plymouth 1996
  • Further Education Teachers Cert (Part One) 1995
  • Nurse training (physical health)
  • BACP Registered 
  • DBS checked ICO (Data Protection) registered

In addition to my core trainings, I draw upon other theoretical models including TA (Transactional Analysis) Gestalt, Emotion Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic counselling.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Fees

£40.00 - £55.00

Additional information

My fees are:

  • £55 per 50 minute session (Payable in advance by bank transfer please to secure appointment)

  • £40 per 30 minute review/follow-up appointment(s). (Telephone only). These shorter appointments can be offered when appropriate once the main work of therapy is complete
  • My cancellation policy: I understand that 'life ' can get in the way of things.
    With 48 hours notice,  if you need to cancel, you can transfer your appointment to another time. Or if you have changed your mind I can offer a refund (less a £10 admin fee).
    With less than 48 hours notice, to cover my own costs, I reserve the right to retain the full fee


Appointments can also sometimes be scheduled fortnightly, or possibly monthly (if appropriate and not detrimental to the issues you are addressing). In these difficult financial times, this can make therapy more affordable.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Face to face appointments*available in South Molton town centre Tuesdays and Fridays
Disabled access
Car parking
Toilets
Telephone appointments available all afternoons 

Further information

I  offer a choice of telephone and face to face* work.
Sometimes people prefer telephone therapy due to the convenience and avoidance of travelling costs. And it can sometimes feel easier to open up on the phone. However, I also love meeting people face to face. It's all about what works best for you.
* Please note : During the winter months I will be offering appointments by telephone and in the spring I will also be offering face to face appointments


What to expect at your first session.
If this would be your first experience of counselling, then maybe you are feeling quite apprehensive.? This is quite normal and very understandable. Perhaps you are worried that I might ask you questions you would feel uncomfortable answering. Let me reassure you that you would only talk about what you would choose to talk about. I will ask questions, that is a part of therapy; however any questions will offer you the choice in how you might wish to respond.
Perhaps you are worried that you might be judged, let me reassure you on that point too. I am a fallible human being just like everyone else and I would hope to provide a warm acceptant environment where you would feel valued, respected and supported.

At the start of the appointment I will ask you a few brief 'adminy' type questions, check that you have fully understood about confidentiality and then it will be over to you.  You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and then to start to share your story with me. We can then decide together if what I can offer would be helpful to you. 
 

On request, I can also offer counselling with a Christian focus.

South Molton, Devon, EX36

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

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

Key details

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Babs King
Babs King