Counsellor MA MBACP
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I understand how daunting it can be and how much courage it takes to talk about your feelings. I am here to support and encourage you, and will treat you with respect and compassion. I provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore whatever you are struggling with. I work with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-criticism, loneliness, relationship difficulties, body image issues, life changes, past trauma, self-harm and addiction.
You may feel stuck or overwhelmed, distracted or disconnected, or that you lack purpose or meaning in life. You may not really know what the problem is but feel you could do with some support.
Things don't have to be really bad in order to seek help. Even mild symptoms can seriously impair our enjoyment of life and wellbeing.
I can help you understand yourself better and see things more clearly. I can help you reconnect with your own personal strengths, work out what's important to you and start making the changes you want to make. I can help you work through difficult thoughts and feelings, and find ways to manage them so they have less impact on your life and wellbeing.
We can often be quite unkind to ourselves - judging, blaming or criticising ourselves for things that have happened, or for the way we think and feel. I can help you find ways to ease your inner critic, so that you feel better about yourself and your worth as a human being. I can help you challenge self-limiting beliefs and behaviours. I can help you develop courage, resilience and acceptance, and encourage you to support yourself and your difficulties with compassion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor (Level 4 Advanced Diploma), which means I'm trained in a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. It's a flexible approach that allows me to draw on a range of skills and techniques and adapt them to suit the needs of the individual client.
Mindfulness-based therapy has become increasingly popular as part of an integrative approach to counselling. I'm trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
If you'd like to know more about my practice, book an appointment or arrange to have a chat, please do get in touch.
It can be really helpful to have a chat by phone first. I offer a free initial chat that lasts up to 30 minutes. It’s an opportunity to help you get a sense of how I work and whether you feel comfortable with me. It’s a chance for you to outline the issues you’d like to work with and I can let you know if I feel able to help you.
When I work
I offer counselling weekdays, 9-5. Please contact me for availability.
As an integrative counsellor, I recognise that we are each unique, diverse and complex individuals, so what helps one person won’t necessarily help another. Integrative therapy allows me to adapt the way I work to help each client according to their own individual needs, preferences and circumstances. It is a very flexible approach that can be used to treat a wide range of issues.
My role is to help and support you to understand yourself better, make sense of the difficulties you face, and increase your sense of confidence and wellbeing. Therapy is an opportunity for you to explore whatever is on your mind without being judged. I can help you work through difficult thoughts and feelings, and look at different ways of coping with them. I can help you explore the things you’d like to change, whilst also finding ways to accept the things you’re unable to change. I may make some suggestions that may help you, but it’s always up to you whether you choose to act on these or not.
I have a private practice with parking in a quiet leafy part of Totnes. It's a 10 minute walk from Totnes train station and main bus stops. My practice is within easy reach of Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot and Kingsbridge.