Ben Shears

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Adv. Dip. MBACP
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Newton Abbot TQ13 & Exeter EX2
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About me

For the past six years, I have been working in a primary school, supporting pupils with emotional and behavioural needs. After taking a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, I knew immediately that I wanted to take my training further. Over two years I studied for a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling. This included placements for a local community counselling practice in Paignton and counselling young adults at the Youth Enquiry Service in Brixham.  Upon qualifying, I set up a private practice and have enjoyed working with a diverse range of clients since. 

What do you offer?

I provide counselling to individuals, either in person in Chudleigh or online. I aim to provide a down-to-earth and approachable form of counselling. Previous clients have described the relationship I built with them as professional but with humour, trust and a genuine connection. I have a particular interest in anxiety (including social anxiety and panic attacks), depression and low self-esteem but my training in integrative counselling allows me to support a wide range of mental health issues. This includes recent work with: anger, addiction, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationships, abuse and loss. I also have experience and additional training in working with young adults. I worked with the Youth Enquiry Service in Brixham during the height of Covid and relished the opportunity to support the young adults that came into the service at that time. 

"Ben is a calm and warm person... I would recommend him to anyone." - Previous client.

Are you qualified?

I completed a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work to their ethical guidelines, which includes regular supervision and I am covered by Holistic Insurance Services. As an integrative counsellor, I have studied a range of approaches, including CBT, Gestalt, Person-centred Therapy and Mindfulness. This allows me to tailor an approach that suits your individual needs. 

What can I expect in my first session?

I'll provide more detail about myself and the way I work. We'll go through all the practicalities, such as payment, cancellations, appointment times, etc. I'll explain my contract, including confidentiality and exclusions to it that exist to keep you or someone else safe. You'll have a chance to ask any questions. You'll then have time to talk about your situation and your reason for seeking counselling. You might like to discuss whether you have had counselling before and whether you have any specific aims. You can share as much or as little as you like. I understand how vulnerable it can feel to share your story with a stranger so we'll work at a pace that suits you. After your consultation, you can take as much time as you need to decide whether you'd like to book another session. 

Free Initial Appointment

One of the most important aspects of counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client but sometimes, that choice can feel overwhelming. I want you to have full confidence before moving forward and that's why I offer a free online consultation so that you can learn more about me and how I work. You don't need to make any commitments and there is absolutely no pressure to book a further session unless it feels right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training as a counsellor by studying a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills with Heartwood College in Devon. I returned to Heartwood College to complete my training, studying a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling. The course took a holistic approach, providing training in CBT, Gestalt, Person-centred Therapy and mindfulness. 

Before setting up in private practice, I worked with a local community counselling practice and Youth Enquiry Service Brixham counselling young adults. 

For a number of years, I have been working in a primary school supporting children with behavioural and emotional needs. I have completed additional training in this area including Level 2 Certificates in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health.

Member organisations

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
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£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

My basic fee is £45 for a 60 minute online appointment. 

In person appointments cost £50 for 55 minutes.

I offer a 10% discount for counselling students until their required hours are met and a 10% discount for university and college students.

When I work

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Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13

Exeter, Devon, EX2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Ben Shears
Ben Shears