Chris Hoyte - Adv Dip MBACP (reg)

Chris Hoyte - Adv Dip MBACP (reg)

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38 Thurlow Road

01803 310048 / 07887 427018

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About me


I specialise in helping my clients understand the causes of stress, anxiety and depression, to better manage and cope with the symptoms and to feel better. I am a relaxed professional who is kind, warm, empathic, authentic and will never judge you.

Intuitively humanistic and person-centred, I naturally and warmly focus on what you want to tell me about, and whilst respecting your innate free will, creativity and human potential, help you to make sense of it all and feel better.

You may be feeling:

  • stressed
  • anxious
  • depressed
  • frightened
  • isolated
  • angry
  • rejected
  • guilty
  • shame
  • judged
  • nothing at all, just numb, traumatised by adverse childhood events, or events as a young adult, adult or the cumulative effects of all 3

You may feel you have nobody to talk to and no way to express yourself freely and safely. You may fear that nobody understands or gets you, and be getting lots of 'you should's', 'you ought' and 'you need to' advice. You can tell me, I am very easy to talk to and I will never tell you what you 'should', 'need', or 'ought' to do. You are the expert on you.

We will build a trusting relationship, which is the most important part of successful therapy.  We will do that in a confidential, safe, non-judgemental environment where together we will explore your thoughts, emotions, feelings and if you are willing find a new self awareness which is the catalyst to change.

Counselling and psychotherapy can be an enlightening and liberating experience. It may help you become more self aware of the impact negative thoughts, feelings, events and relationships have on you. Exploring the deeper origins of all this with me, may help you understand why you feel the way you do, your barriers and develop a deeper self awareness of your own needs and how to meet those needs.

You might:

  • want to make a change in your life
  • need some help so you can identify the steps required
  • need to talk through what you would like to achieve and how
  • be looking for meaning and purpose
  • be looking for clearer sense of your own identity.
  • feel lost
  • be having relationship difficulties and feel trapped, confused, anxious, fearful, bereaved.

If you want, I will work with you to help you develop different ways of thinking and feeling which can help you better regulate your emotions, communicate more clearly to yourself and others and maintain a balanced integration of thinking and feeling. Being able to develop a stronger sense of self and live more in the here and now, with meaning and contentment can be a powerful and life changing outcome of our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill College
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College
  • Transactional Analysis 101 - Iron Mill College
  • Safeguarding Young People - Eddystone Trust

Continuous Professional Development (Accredited):

  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts & the Inner Critical Voice
  • Relationships & Aspergers
  • ADHD, Anxiety Disorder & Recovery
  • Bereavement
  • Attachment

I integrate my approach with other theories and philosophies such as Attachment, Psycho Social Development, Hierachy of Needs, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Logotherapy, Existentialism, Mindfulness and Trans Personalism. Ultimately, I work with you to establish an approach that you feel works for you.

I have worked in charity and community settings providing counselling and psychotherapy services to people aged 18 to 90 from many walks of life.

I have worked providing emotional support for victims of crime and have extensive experience of working within the Criminal Justice System in other roles. I have acted as an Independent Advocate for young people and have experience of working with young people on the Autistic Spectrum in these settings.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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I understand it can be difficult to reach out for help, so I make the contact we have easy. You can contact me via text, email or phonecall. I offer you the first session for £20, which is half my usual fee, so you can meet me and get a sense of me, and decide whether I am a fit for you. At the same time I can get a sense of what is going on for you and we can talk together about how to move forward.

​If you decide you would like to continue into therapy, my hourly fee of £40 per hour will apply. I have a small number of lower cost places for students and those on a limited income . Fees for these can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Maps & Directions

Torquay, TQ1 3EG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


My practising hours are 08:30 to 19:00 Monday to Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme