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About me

I am an Integrative Counsellor with experience of working with clients who have experienced a range of issues including: trauma, abuse, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety, stress and depression.  I have moved my practice online during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that clients may continue to receive the support they need without putting themselves or their families at risk.

I work in a variety of ways to suit the needs of my clients, offering a range of therapeutic support from short term focussed therapy to long term psychotherapy.

We can all find our personal journeys difficult at times and, inevitably, we resist tackling the deeper, more uncomfortable elements of the process. My role is to be there beside my clients at these times to support them with empathy and without judgement. This is the foundation of the therapeutic relationship I offer to my my clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling accredited by the National Counselling Society
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Trauma Informed Approaches
  • PODS

I have also worked in an agency setting since 2017 offering time limited counselling to Carers, and others referred through charitable organisations; supporting individuals and families affected by domestic abuse including parent and child therapy; providing short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy to self referred clients.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Sessions cost:

  • Initial Session - £25
  • Face to face/online/telephone - £50 per 50 minute session
  • Walk and Talk - £50 - £65 per session
  • Counselling Students £30 per 50 minute sessions when 10 sessions are booked in advance.

Limited concessions available for those in certain circumstances. Call me to discuss, if you think you meet the criteria below.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

I have recently started working outdoors, mostly using the open spaces of Dartmoor and the many sheltered river walks in the area*. Making the most of the evidence that spending just 20 minutes outside in green spaces is hugely therapeutic and has stress relieving benefits.

If you are interested in trying my “walk & talk” service, we can discuss and arrange that at an initial indoor session.

*sorry no pets as the sessions are intended to offer you the time needed to focus on yourself.

Tavistock Therapy Centre
Unit 3
3 Abbey Place
PL19 0AB

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My usual therapy space is not wheelchair accessible, however, I am able to arrange accessible space for clients with mobility needs


Weekdays between 9am and 8pm (limited weekend appointments)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Carla Polhill (MNCS Accred) (Reg.MBACP)

Carla Polhill (MNCS Accred) (Reg.MBACP)