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MBACP, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Adv Dip Coun. Counsellor&Coach

About me

Confidential Safe Space

Do you feel ready to make a positive change in your life?

Do you feel sad, anxious, or stressed? ‘Stuck’ or confused? Or have a general sense of unhappiness at home, at work, or to do with relationships or friends? Or feel the time is right now to explore past events, or issues from childhood? It may be you feel at a crossroads and would like to work out which direction to take? Or perhaps you wish to gain a better understanding of who you are, and what you really want out of life...

Whatever challenges you’re facing, however large or small, we can share a private counselling space in which to explore, with acceptance, and with trust, respect, and compassion. 

Together - whatever you're facing - we can find a positive way forward, with trust, respect and true compassion. 

Counselling & Coaching

As a professional counsellor with a degree in psychology, I recognise the power of compassionate counselling to offer hope, and change lives. I’m registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and as an integrative counsellor I’m able to use a range of supportive ways of working alongside you, adapted specifically to you, and your wishes, including person-centred counselling, CBT and Gestalt.

I also offer Coaching, in particular relating to work, redundancy or career transition.

Whatever it is, that’s okay

It’s a privilege to see how counselling has the potential to develop a new perspective, leading to a deeper understanding, and a positive new way of life.

Whatever it is you’re facing, I’ll work alongside you, with support, understanding, and in confidence,  whether to do with anxiety or depression, stress, relationship issues, grief or loss, low self-esteem, ADHD, loneliness, abuse, trauma, work/office life, caring roles, health, including Covid-19 or infertility, or difficult emotions, perhaps shame, guilt, or fear...or something else.

Choices for you

 I offer short-term counselling, working on more ‘conscious’ issues to help you right now, as well as longer term psychotherapy, enabling you to explore beneath the surface of the issue - at your own pace - to raise awareness, and gain understanding or a new perspective about recent or past experiences and their potential impact on your life today.

Whatever you're facing, it's your time, your space, your choice. It's truly possible to discover a new direction, a new pathway, leading to healing, growth and a more fulfilling way of life. 

No obligation chat

From personal experience, I understand how opening up to someone new can feel daunting, and it can take real courage to reach out, so you’re very welcome to get in touch.

You're welcome to get in touch

I’m based in Exeter in Devon, in the South West of England, but am currently working online via Zoom, or 'phone, so I'm able to work with you wherever you live in the UK, or internationally.

You're very welcome to drop me an email, or call to arrange a telephone chat; there's no charge for this initial session as it offers us an opportunity to 'meet', and explore how best we could work together. There's no obligation. 
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Psychologist Dr Carl Rogers recognises the power of listening: 

'We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know'.

Dr Rogers also believes we are all motivated to fulfil our potential, and to flourish - if the conditions are right: 'When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.'

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Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, University of Reading; Advanced Level Diploma in Counselling, Heartwood Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, Devon; Certificate of Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter; Registered Member of BACP, the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy; MHFA England, Mental Health First Aider, BBC; ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills training, Devon MIND; DBS certificate, linked to counselling work in an NHS GP practice; Coach at Skylite Associates, an affiliate of Lee Hecht Harrison; Ongoing participation in Continuing Professional Development courses (CPD).

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£45/session.

I offer a free initial telephone consultation (30 mins)

When I work

Flexible (apart from weekends). Please contact me for availability.

Further information

Counselling changes lives: As a member of BACP, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I follow their ethical code of conduct, where trust, respect, integrity and confidentiality are paramount. I support their philosophy: Counselling Changes Lives.

Coaching: I also offer coaching, particularly in relation to redundancy, work, or career transition. Please get in touch for further details.

Exeter, Devon, EX1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I offer online (Zoom) and telephone counselling.