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MSC.Dip Psych..,ACC, DipAE

About me

As a mindfulness teacher, and counselling psychologist I offer warm, focussed attention to your unique, personal issues, and understanding  which is balanced with wise and strong guidance.
Within a friendly and relaxed conversation we work together to understand what concerns you, and restructure your life by healing past and present hurts, and learning to live a future that is happier and works better for you. Being listened to and understood is immensely beneficial, and can open new horizons. Bernard can draw on a wide variety of ways of working, and find just what suits your individual requirements.

Recently qualified as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Central England College,I am offering one to one teaching in this area by face to face and by zoom. I am seeking ways to offer counselling to school age children and young adults.Phone or text me for details.I also planning to offer an a eight week course in mindfulness.

I work from home by zoom and face to face in Totnes, Ivybridge and South Brent

Training, qualifications & experience

During my long professional career I have completed 5 therapy courses, all of which required personal work and development. These have included an MSc in Psychological Counselling (Surrey University), a diploma in Psychodrama (action methods), a human relations course, and work in Gestalt, and the use of art with children.

I am currently updating my whole approach by study of a system called mindfullness, based on the science of the brain, and deeper understanding of attachment theory and the effects of early failure to attach adequately. I value these insights, and those gained through parenthood, and use them in working with others.

I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and of the British Psychodrama Association. My work is supervised, and updated by work with peers.


12 years as a manager and therapist in a residential community for those recovering from emotional problems. I gained great insight into what can lead to sometimes serious problems, and the road to recovery. Four years as a team member in an eating disorders unit deepened my understanding of those issues.

I have trained staff in Nigeria, and Swedish staff in England. I have worked in a trauma team dealing with the results of trauma. In my private practice I have seen many individuals with a wide variety of issues and problems.

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues I deal with:

I am currently working with skype, in general counselling and in mindfulness training.have experience of dealing with a wide range of issues, often with dual or multi diagnosis. As long as there is sufficient support I am prepared to discuss dealing with many different issues. What is most important is a willingness on the part of the any client to work on their issue from where they are. I will guide and support them along the way to more functional living.


Additional information

I charge £40 per 50 minute session.
Fees for supervision and workshops are calculated on an individual basis.

When I work

I am available for new clients by skype.

South Brent, TQ10

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults