I believe the relationship is key in successful therapeutic work. Consequently I would work with you by building a comfortable relationship between us, providing you with a safe space in which you could unload your difficulties. I would describe myself as an authentic and warm personality, unfussy and without ego. This linked with my own broad life experience, skills and knowledge helps me to understand, appreciate and empathise with the people I work with. I concentrate on developing a genuine, honest and trusting relationship and offer this in a confidential and secure environment. This helps people to feel safe and comfortable enough with me, to open up and explore their private thoughts and could be the reason why you might feel ready to work with me. Perhaps I am the person who can help you resolve the difficulties you are encountering, past or current.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor whose professional experience has concentrated particularly in issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse; however I also trained with Relate as a couple counsellor and work with individuals 1 -1 on relationship issues in addition to couples on relationships of all types. I also work in many other areas such as loss and bereavement, depression, work difficulties, gender issues, stress/anxiety, low self esteem or confidence. Essentially I work with the person rather than the issue to find what helps the individual.
I work by offering a genuine warmth, empathy and respect, encouraging you to express your thoughts and feelings. This might help you to see your situation from a different perspective, which can help to reduce the anxiety, confusion and unhappiness which can surround us all at different times in our lives. With my support you might then, identify, build and create new challenges, strategies or ways of looking and going forward.
If this appeals to you, please, give me a ring or email me and we can begin by talking, to gauge how you feel. It is essential that you choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with and if that is the case with me, perhaps we can work together to begin your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Registered Accredited Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling - Exeter College
Certificate in Counselling Skills - Exeter College
CBT training with The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Relate Couples Counselling training
Certificate in Education - Plymouth University
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy training - deShazer/E Murphy
Certificate in Supervision - Exeter and East Devon Training
I trained with the Exeter College/Relate Training and have worked as a Professional Counsellor for 15 years in a number of different settings; Relate, the Margaret Jackson Centre, Devon RD & E Occupational Dept. GP surgeries and other local charities. I trained in Couples Counselling with Relate and completed CBT training with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. In addition I have trained with The Devon Rape & Sexual Abuse Line and ADVA (Against Domestic Violence & Abuse) in Devon, giving me the skills and knowledge to work with these difficult issues. However I my client base has also included short term, solution focused work with Occupational Health clients for the RD& E Exeter.
I worked with Exeter College for 8 years in the role of Associate Lecturer, training counsellors from level 2 Introduction to counselling, through to Level 4 Diploma level. I now deliver professional CPD training workshops to counsellors in and around Exeter, with organisations such as The Margaret Jackson Centre, Heartwood Counselling College and South Devon College. I previously worked as the Project coordinator of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Line, training, supporting and managing volunteer listeners working this area for 12 years. This gave me a great deal of experience working with these issues.
I am an accredited and registered member of BACP and work within the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
I believe it is essential to continue to take professional development courses and have regular supervision to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and relevant.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per hour individuals
£50 per hour couples
I have a limited number of low cost places. Please ask about these if cost is making it difficult for you to access therapy.
I work in the middle of Exeter during the day and some evenings, please contact me for further information about appointments.
I have some flexibility and practice during the day time and on some evenings. Please contact me for further information