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Counsellor, Psychological Therapist, MBACP Accredited

About me

Cinda Foley, Counsellor, Psychological Therapist, MBACP Accredited

Supervisor practicing in Taunton.

Works with Adults, Children and Young People.

Extensive knowledge in working with Traumatic Bereavement and Problem Gambling.

Whether you, or your child, are suffering from a bereavement, anxiety, depression, experiencing a trauma or battling an addiction, whatever it is, please contact me.

As a humanistic integrative counsellor, who truly cares about human welfare, values and dignity; I recognise that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling.  However, I also appreciate that different clients have different needs and that often no one single approach is always sufficient. Visit to find further information on counselling approaches. I have been a counsellor/psychological therapist in excess of twelve years; gaining invaluable experiences working with adults, young people, and children in a variety of settings and working with many unique and diverse issues.

My aim is to be flexible as a therapist helping you to explore thoughts and feelings about issues and concerns and having an opportunity to discover how to move forward in life.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Certificated in CBT Skills. Dr Michael Worrell (NICE guidelines)
  • CPCAB Counselling Supervison - Level 6
  • Cruse Bereavement Care (accred,)Supervision
  • BACP Accreditation Counsellor/Psychotherapist (2012)
  • City & Guilds 7303-02 Preparing to teach
  • PQ Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
  • Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificates in Counselling Skills & Studies

Training: (not extensive list)

  • Working with Traumatic Stress
  • Working with PTSD
  • Understanding Addictions
  • Suicide and young people
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • ASIST Applies suicide intervention and skills
  • SWEDA Eating Disorders
  • Applied suicide intervention skills
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • St Margarets Hospice
  • Working with suicidal behaviour
  • BACP Suicide & Suicidal Ideation
  • Supervising volunteers working with bereaved children & young people
  • Supporting suddenly bereaved children
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Safeguarding - children and vulnerable adults
  • Gambling refresher training
  • Time limited ways of working
  • Working with Grief Circles - Louis Tonkin
  • Refresher Cruse Bereavement
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Understanding Sudden & Traumatic DeathChild Protection - refresher

Experience:- Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer, Group facilitator

  • Independent Infant, Primary & Secondary School Counsellor
  • Wide range of school-related issues
  • Family life
  • Adolescents & young people
  • Abuse & trauma
  • Feelings of dissatisfaction
  • Low self esteem
  • Troubling thoughts & feelings
  • Childhood experiences
  • Loss, grief & bereavement
  • Creative interventions to support grieving Children & Young People
  • Sudden & Traumatic Death - specialisation
  • Sudden Infant Loss
  • Compulsive Gambling & Compulsive behaviours - specialisation
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Mental Health - Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress
  • Life & relationships
  • Communicating with significant others

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

  • Sessions starting from £45.00 per therapeutic hour. Concessions are available on an individual basis.

It is essential that the framework and boundaries within which the work takes place is set out before we start. Sessions are usually at a fixed time, once per week and will generally last 50 minutes. Where possible I will try and accommodate changes in times or days as needed.  Although there is a waiting room at The Octagon I would ask that you arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.

All children & young people must be accompanied by an adult who should remain in the building, but not in the therapy room unless by prior agreement, for the duration of the counselling session.

When I work

Flexible availability - please enquire. I work from my own practice and therefore I have total flexibility for work hours if times are required outside of a recognised working week.

Further information

Counselling can be about exploring thoughts and feelings, or about issues and concerns and having the opportunity to discover how to move forward in your life.

I am able to offer several counselling approaches which enables you as the client more choice of how you wish to look as your issues.

Adolescents, Children and Young People. I have many years of experience working as an independent school counsellor, bereavement counsellor and in independent practice with a host of presenting issues.

As a bereavement counsellor, trainer and supervisor I have extensive knowledge and experience working with many different types of bereavement. Although, my experience significantly lies in working with children, young people, individuals and couples who have been bereaved through: a sudden death such as a heart attack or infant death (SIDS), accidental, or traumatic death (sudden, unexpected, random, preventable, violence, aggressive actions by another) such as a suicide or homicide.

I have also successfully assisted many individuals to stop problem gambling. I help and support them in fostering ways of coping through understanding underlying issues but also to recognise and address connected issues causing harm or damage. Subsequently, they can establish a productive and alternative lifestyle without gambling.

I also offer counselling support to family members of a problem gambler. We explore coping behaviours, strategies, social support, options of further specialist help and increase awareness and understanding.

I bring many of my own life experiences to my work and these, coupled with many years of working with many people of all ages and from all walks of life, are invaluable.

I am a warm, genuine and caring person who recognises the value and importnace of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. I endeavour to provide a safe and nurturing environment where you can explore your issues in a non judgemental environment.

The Octagon Counselling & Psychotherapy, 8 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1RT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Whether you are experienced, recently qualified or still training/just starting client work I am adaptable; providing the multiples roles necessary for a good supervisory experience.

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