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Pg Dip, Bsc (Hon) (1st), Adv Dip Psych, MBACP, MNCS (accred)

About me

If you are seeking regular weekly therapy with a therapist whom you can build a relationship with and who 'gets' you.... please contact me as I have both hybrid (a mix of face-to-face/online) and online availability on The Hoe, Plymouth. I am a fully qualified integrative therapist and have had many life experiences and careers that now inform my work as a MBACP and NCS accredited psychotherapist. Using a combination of Humanistic, CBT, Psychodynamic, Existential, Systemic and Gestalt methods, this now blends with my innate sense of compassion, warmth, pro-activity and desire for people to reach their full potential – getting more out of their lives, careers and relationships than they previously knew how to or expected.

The seeds of our current distress, anxiety or depression are often partially sown by our initial families and environments, including unhelpful, and often sabotaging ways of thinking and behaving that have been passed down by our ancestors. But we also live in a complex and unpredictable society that bombards us with images of the perfect house, relationship, career and life we 'should' have, rather than the one that feeds our souls. Therefore, my recent Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Contemporary Identities’ from Bristol University, 1st class (Hons) degree in ‘Social Science’ and DipHE in 'Social Work' also inform my philosophical approach and therapeutic work, alongside currently studying for an MA in Psychotherapy at Bath Spa, specialising in social class. 

If you need to 'pause' for a while, and examine who you seem to have become, please contact me. 

My services

I integrate my personal value-base with coaching, counselling and psychotherapy techniques; not using each method in isolation from the other, but combining them with your life experiences, what you wish to explore in therapy, and who you are and what you want to achieve. Safety, trust and genuine regard are paramount for a successful client/therapist relationship; therefore, we can actively work together in a warm, non-judgemental but gently challenging way, to enlighten you, opening up perceptions to seek a richer outlook, and to deepen a comprehension of your life options that you are not yet fully aware of.

I work exclusively with adults and I also have a particular interest in midlife transitions/crisis, social class challenges, personal development, career evaluation and older adult enquiry.  Additionally, enquiries from military personnel (current and former) and their family members are also particularly welcome.

You can explore behaviours, feelings, and thoughts, to perhaps reach hidden or under-developed aspects of your personality that could enrich your next path. Even in mid-to-later life, you can still explore and reach for change or opportunities. So...if you are ready, or might be thinking about starting ‘The Work’ on yourself, please contact me for an initial free 30 minute discussion.

My location - On the waterfront nearby The Hoe and The Barbican, Plymouth

Recent feedback - "Highly recommended. I have just finished six sessions with the amazing Collette. Sometimes it was very emotional and difficult. Other times amusing. However, I now feel as though a huge weight has been lifted and I can continue with my life. Many thanks again" GM

"I now feel as though I am able to cope with the challenges of life. I am now more fulfilled and at ease with myself. Once again thank you" BR

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in 'Contemporary Identities'
  • Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy (Distinction)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • Bsc 1st Class (Hons) Social Science
  • Chartered Management Institute Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • DipHE Social Work.
  • Currently studying for an MA Psychotherapy Bath Spa

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Midlife transition/crisis

Military families

Aspergers/Autism/ADHD/Dyslexia challenges

Issues related to social class

Issues related to disability

University students


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£60 per 55 minute session

Some limited concessions offered for military/ex-military and family members

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

FACE-TO-FACE/ONLINE BLEND 8.30am - 2pm based on The Hoe, Plymouth, later availability on Saturdays

SKYPE/ZOOM agreed with more flexibility in times

Further information

Hybrid therapy (A mix of online and face-to-face) available on The Hoe, Plymouth 8.30am -  2pm (some later available times negotiable on request). Please note I no longer commit to solely face-to-face work but for clients who have experienced significant trauma this can be discussed. 

Skype/Zoom therapy available at more flexible times

Insurance companies agreed on an individual basis

Plymouth, Devon, PL1

Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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