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I am a trained counsellor and bereavement therapist. I provide counselling services for individuals and couples who live anywhere within the UK, and are over the age of 18.

Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Do you struggle with the people who you work with or have money worries due to self isolation, ill health or been recently laid off?

Ignoring long term emotion leads to stress, and stress leads to time off work and eventually, the start of the painful battle between anxiety and depression. Our bodies are not designed to function with stressful situations for any long periods of time. Pressure starts to build and it affects the joints, muscles in your back, headaches. It often ends up with sleeping and eating habits being affected. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Are you in any kind of abusive relationship? an abusive relationship in the middle of a pandemic can leave you feeling even more isolated and spending longer periods alone with your abuser. You can't fully relax or be left alone with your thoughts. Sometimes, you will rightly fear for your safety and that of others. I truly understand, and know how strong these emotions can be and how quickly you can plunged into depths of distress and fear. You believe you are alone and no one will understand or even believe you. Abusive relationships can involve just about anyone you love or have a connection with. There are no set patterns of how it looks, who it's with or where it sits within the community.  Abuse has no barriers, just connections.

Whatever your reason for being online and stopping at my profile, I invite each and every one of you to get in touch. I want to help you have a more peaceful and manageable life. A life that's better than the one you have right now. I promise I will keep things simple and use basic language. It is important to me that you feel supported and heard in our sessions. We are equal in our working partnership, I am no better than you, without you, there would be no counselling service. You have a voice and you are encouraged to talk freely in and out of sessions.

Life is hard, and it can be cruel at times. There are some people who you can talk too and other's who you trust and can be more open with. Having me to talk too means you don't have to fear shame or any kind of judgement. I only know you and what you tell me each week. You control the pace and what you feel comfortable saying to me. If you need the pace to slow down you simply apply the brakes, take five minutes and make a cup of tea. I will wait until you are ready to start again.

Remember, "You" are paying for a service, a service which starts from £30 per hour. Let me have one hour out of your week, let me show you I am here for you. Therapy should be simple, it starts with you talking and with me listening, there is no magic wand, just 3 easy steps:

1. Start by choosing me to be your therapist.

2. We start building the trust from our first session.

3. You will take the necessarily steps to navigate the passage in moving forward with your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am passionate about building our therapeutic relationship,  a relationship which gives you autonomy and gives you the chance too feel heard. There will be times when you might feel overwhelmed or challenged, but stay with the process. When you reach the finishing line, all your sessions and self-reflections will bring a change within you, and you will see just how far those tiny steps have moved you forward within your life and taking control.

Level 4: Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies.

Level 2: Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 1: Intro into Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

£30.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions starts from £30.00 per sixty minute session. Payment is paid 48 hours before the session starts. There is a 24 hrs cancellation notice policy. Cancelling within the notice period allows you to have to full payment reimbursed to you or if you wish, you can reschedule to another appointment. Any agreed home visits include the charge of 45p per mile to cover fuel.

Payments are made via Bank transfer, online banking or through PayPal.

Availability

I am available from 10.00 - 21.00pm Monday to Saturday's.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and being a member of the BACP, I adhere to 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. I will respect the client's right to be self-governing, I 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.

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I am also an accredited member of The National Counselling Society. In May 2013, the National Counselling Society was one of the first organisations to gain Accredited Register Status with the Professional Standards Authority Accredited register programme. A programme which was set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The accreditation is a bench mark for professional standards in Counselling.

Basepoint Business Centre
Marsh Barton Trading Estate
Yeoford Way
Exeter
Devon
EX2 8LB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Debbie Lavinchi

Debbie Lavinchi