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MNCS (Accred), FdA

About me

Hello, my name is Bev and I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor. I am based on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. I have a breadth and depth of experience and I am confident I can support you with sensitivity, kindness and compassion. 

I believe that the key to effective therapy is building a mutual trusting relationship because it underpins and shapes the therapeutic environment. I approach my counselling with sensitivity and offer plenty of reassurances and patience as I want you to know that I’m truly listening to you.  

I'm an inclusive practitioner who welcomes everyone to my practice. I embrace difference. I am non-judgemental and you will be fully valued, understood and respected for who you are because everyone of us is unique and has individual qualities. 

What can I offer you?

I can offer you an opportunity to talk in a safe and confidential space, where you can feel at ease and you can be confident that I can support you.  First and foremost I'm a Person-Centred Counsellor, it is one of the 'humanistic' approaches, meaning it focuses on human potential, free will and self-discovery and by getting to know you and understanding your challenges, I can  can draw on other techniques such as, Gestalt,  ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Somatic Therapy and Mindfulness. As my experience grows as a counsellor I have noticed that mixing and matching the different techniques can be very successful.

Are you feeling or stressed, anxious?

Stress and anxiety can present itself in many ways, coping with it can be overwhelming causing irritability and you may overreact to situations. You may have constant fears and worries, constant negative thoughts that play over and over in your mind, so much so that it feels as though you’re involved in a tug of war. This can zap you of energy and make you feel fatigued. It may be difficult for you to remain focused and concentrate on new things, so you end up trying to control situations and people, to keep your anxiety at bay, therefore you become trapped in a state of suffering and cannot even enjoy the simplest things in life. Consequently, our anxiety affects our thoughts, feelings, emotions, behaviour, and our day-to-day living. Maybe this is beginning to adversely affect the the way you live your life, your relationships, your work and the people around you? It may be that you are unable to eat, sleep, or struggling to work. Sometimes this anxiety can lead to OCD, panic attacks or agoraphobia.  

Other situations that you may need help with

Difficult life events such as bereavement or redundancy
Relationship problems
Events from your past that still cause you distress – consciously or unconsciously - flashbacks, nightmares

Difficult feelings such as anger, shame or low self-esteem
Mental health problems
Some long-term physical health conditions

How I support you

My aim is to support you to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and behaviour by encouraging you to notice your emotions and body sensations,  as we don't just think stress and anxiety; we also feel it. Stress comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I can help you by  exploring the root causes and process any unresolved issues that you haven't dealt with, it could be that you have been burying your emotions because of a past hurt and you are constantly living in the past. 

Stress weakens our immune system which can cause all sorts of problems such as sleeping problems, headaches, sickness, bowel problems and all sorts of joint pain.  I want to help you to recover from these effects and reduce your stress and anxiety.  By working with you and using a variety of approaches, I can teach you new coping mechanisms. The aim is to help you gain a greater psychological flexibility so you can mange your stress and anxiety better. 

I can support you to work through your challenges to overcome any negative reactions. In my experience, many different events can trigger an emotional response in a person, which can be very stressful and frightening. By talking about you thoughts, feelings and behaviour it can help you to process and understand what is happening to you.  It will increase your self-awareness, so you can start to take greater control of your life and help you to make positive changes and improve your confidence.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is part of my counselling sessions, it has the potential to develop heighten awareness of your senses and experiences and for you to learn to be less sensitive in situations and help you differentiate between what you are thinking and an actual experience.

Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS)

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework which underpins my practice as a therapist. I am fully insured.

How to get in touch

I offer sessions via Zoom, face-to-face or the telephone, where we can talk privately. You can email me, ring and leave a message or text me and I promise to reply as soon as I can.

Specialism

I am an inclusive practitioner and I have worked for twenty years with Deaf people and hard of hearing people who don't use sign language. I completely understand the challenges faced to access communication and I can make the adjustments needed for you to have equal access to counselling.

I also have a wealth of experience of working with Autistic  people, people who have ADHD and the challenges they face day-to-day. I am a strong advocate for equality and equal access to communication.

I work with people and I identify with people who have an unhealthy relationship with food. I can help and support people regulate their emotions and understand the relationship of food and the havoc it plays on our moods.

Training, qualifications & experience

Therapeutic Counselling Level 4

Mindfulness

ACT Acceptance Commitment Therapy

CBT Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Gestalt

Somatic Therapy/Body Reset

Mental Health First Aid NVQ Level 2 

Safeguarding Adults Level 1 & 2

Foundation Degree in Arts (Early Years and Child Development)

Child Development and Psychology - Open University

Certificate in Lipspeaking  with Deaf People

British Sign Language BSL Levels 1 & 2

Behaviour that challenges NVQ Level 2

PREVENT Level 1 & 2

Equality & Diversity

Conflict Resolution

Suicide Prevention

Understanding Autism – National Autistic Society (NAS)

Autism & Communication – NAS

Autism -Supporting Families – NAS

Women & Girls on the Autistic Spectrum – NAS

Autism Stress & Anxiety- NAS

Autism & Sensory Experience - NAS

Good Practice in Autism Education – Bath University

Autism Education Trust-Raising Awareness Post 16 Programme

Autism Education Trust Schools Programme – 5-day course

Safeguarding Children 

Physical Health and Well-being

Child Protection 

Autism Education Trust-Raising Awareness Post 16 Programme

Autism Education Trust Schools Programme – 5-day course

Higher Order Thinking Skills         

Supporting children with Cochlear Implants

Learning to Listen for Deaf Children/Improve meaningful Listening for Deaf Children

Primary Mental Health

Supporting Children with Speech and Language Difficulties Stages 1,2,3

Social and Communications skills workshop

Managing Behaviour and Aggression

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Fees

From £25.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

First initial consultation - free

£40 per session 

6 sessions paid in advance £200 (1 free)

£25 for student counsellors 

£15-25 low cost counselling

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can be flexible with appointments, so please contact me.

Further information

I have a wealth of experience working with autistic people and People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Burracot, Wreyland Path, Lustleigh, Nr Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9TS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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I welcome people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to my practice, as I have a wealth of experience(20 years) working with deaf people. I have a good understanding of deaf culture and adjustments that need to be made to enable access to communication.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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