Debbie Lavinchi

Debbie Lavinchi

11 Gandy Street



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11 Gandy Street



About me

I am an Integrative Person-Centred Counsellor, offering individual therapy. I am able to use skills of several counselling approaches to try and find the best way of working with you and your issues. I will offer you the opportunity to talk through your problems face to face, you will then explore your feelings and begin to accept your own emotions.

By reaching out, you are already taking the first steps towards understanding more about yourself, why you feel the way that you do and how too move forward and make those feelings feel better, be more positive and live a healthier lifestyle.

Being an Integrative Counsellor means I tailor my approach to each individual using several models of Counselling, including The Integrative Theory of Self. I offer you confidentiality and a safe space to be "just you". I offer compassion which is very humanistic and not robotic: you can be You with me, but also You to you.

If talking becomes too much, we can switch and get creative. I want our relationship to be comfortable yet professional, in a place where you can be yourself and be OK with that.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with individuals struggling with stress, bereavement, depression, mood and eating disorders, self harm(ing), histories of abusive relationships, sexual assaults and harassments.

As well as individuals who are struggling with addictions, homelessness, low incomes; Isolation from being single, a single parent, a widow, adapting to retirement or sexual orientation. I have seen individuals who struggle within the farming environment, family heritage or with their religious belief.

The safety within the therapeutic relationship, creates a safe space for learning new  strategies and being aware with others but staying true to ourselves.

All these experiences have highlighted to me, the need for more therapeutic support, for vulnerable individuals rather than a solution (fix it) base. I found offering a practical approach to difficult behaviours, soon gave way to a path of healing and acceptance.

There may be times when you feel overwhelmed or even slightly challenged, but honestly - it is only when you can identify a past or present trauma, you can come to terms with its affects and start the process of moving forward with your life.

I volunteer for two charities, one is focused on feelings and suicidal thoughts and the other is religion based, offering support to individuals who are homeless, have present or past addictions, or have a wide range of mental health issues.

  • Level 4 - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Level 3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies.
  • Level 2 - Certificate in Counselling Skills.
  • Level 1 - Intro into Counselling.

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  • 11, Gandy Street Exeter EX43LS
  • Exeter Counselling Room
  • Counselling Room
  • 11, Gandy Street Exeter EX4 3LS


The cost of a session is £50.00 per sixty minutes + travel expenses of £0.45p per mile.

Payments can be made by BACS, Paypal, Cash.

No credit is offered.

Further information

I am a individual member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work within the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In accordance with BACP guidelines, I will honour the trust placed in me by the client, will respect the client's right to be self-governing, will commit to promoting the client's well-being, avoiding harm to the client and will strive to treat all clients fairly and impartially without discrimination or judgement.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4 3LS
Beaworthy, EX21

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


I have no set rota when I work, I am available every day of the week. I try to work and make appointments when you are free to see me.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme