Charlotte Feeny Counsellor MBACP BSc (Hons) Dip Couns
I find my work as a counsellor incredibly rewarding: it feels like the perfect role for me. I really enjoy building a good working relationship with my clients, which means we can work together to make real, lasting changes in their lives. Being trusted with people’s inner thoughts, or things that they have kept hidden is a real honour, and I want people to feel safe so they can open up about things that they might have felt unable to share before, to be able to talk about things that previously seemed out of bounds.
I’ve always enjoyed working with people. Before I became a counsellor, I completed a teaching degree and worked in IT training. Then in my 40s I decided to change direction, I did a Psychology degree with the Open University and then started my counselling training. I have worked for a charity and also in bereavement support, before setting up in private practice in 2018.
What Issues Do I Work With?
I have a very broad range of experience, both from my work and my personal life, and enjoy a wide variety in my work. If I had to define a speciality, I would say relationships as I think they are so fundamental to so many parts of our lives. This could include difficulties with partners, family, friends and, of course, ourselves covering issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, bereavement, self-esteem, body issues and many more. I work with individuals and couples.
We all have a unique experience of living and I feel it is very important to recognise this, working with you not simply the issue that might have brought you to counselling but you as a complete person. I’m not here to give you advice, to tell you how to live your life, what to do next but to work alongside you to move to a more peaceful and happier place. I provide a confidential, relaxing and supportive environment to enable you to feel free to examine your feelings and worries without the sense that you are being judged, or you might be criticised or rejected.
What Methods Do I Use?
I work as an Integrative Counsellor, with the main approach being Person-Centred, with using other approaches as appropriate for each client: these might include Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Gestalt or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am told I am down-to-earth, empathic, with a good sense of humour and not afraid to challenge when I think this is appropriate. I believe the most important aspect of my work is the relationship between me and my client and work hard to allow you to feel heard and really understood; I want my clients to feel that I really “get” them.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to its Ethical Framework. I am fully insured.
How Long Does It Take?
The amount of time spent working together with vary according to the needs of each individual person: some people benefit from long-term counselling whilst others find a few sessions is sufficient for them. I like to review our work every 6 – 8 weeks and have ongoing conversations with my clients about whether they feel they are benefitting from the work we are doing together and are happy to continue.
How Often Do You Need to Come to Counselling?
I feel it is up to the individual to decide how often they want to come to counselling. I find it useful to have a few sessions weekly to start so that we can get to know each other and start building a relationship. After that the client can choose how often they feel it would be beneficial for them to attend: for some, other commitments mean they do not time to process the contents of a session within a week, whilst others might feel more comfortable working at a faster or slower pace. This is something we can discuss, agree upon and, of course, review over time.
Where Do I Work?
I work from my own therapy rooms in the centre of Exeter (on Southerhay with parking close by) and from my home in Colyton. I also offer sessions online and by telephone.
What to Know More?
It can be really hard to find the right counsellor for you simply by reading their profile. To find out more about me you could take a look at my website charlottefeeny.co.uk or ring/message me and we could have an initial conversation.
It’s really important to find a counsellor who feels like a good fit for you so I offer a free 15 minute session via Zoom so we can see whether we might work well together and you can ask any questions you might have. Any further sessions last 50 minutes and are charged at £60 for individuals, £70 for couples. Please contact me with any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First), Open University
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Certificate in Working with Dissociative Disorders
- Certificate in Bereavement Support
Take a look at my published articles on this site.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
£60 per session for individuals, £70 for couples. Sessions last 50 minutes
Payments need to be made by direct bank transfer before the appointment.
Concessions for counselling students.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in Exeter face to face/online
Wednesday in Colyton/online
Week days and evenings
Enhanced DBS certificate