Why choose me?
Your uniqueness is what matters to me. I am committed to helping you achieve your goals, whatever they may be, in a very individual way tailored to your specific needs.
My aim is to offer a safe, caring, professional, non-judgemental and confidential working relationship based on trust, openness, joint participation and free from counselling 'jargon'.My role is supportive and facilitative in helping you find and connect with your inner strengths and resources, become stronger and make changes so that you are able to cope better in your world. Our working relationship is important and to it I bring warmth, care, empathy, interest and attentive listening together with optimism, strength and professionalism from many years of experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
Having practised for some years as a matrimonial solicitor, I am now a fully Accredited, Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have 18 post-qualification years of experience in different settings and currently have my own private practice in central Exeter which I have been running for 5 years.
I work one-to-one with adults of all ages covering a wide range of issues. I like to work in a creative way individually tailored to each client.The work may vary from simply wanting to offload to lengthier, complex work. It may involve acquiring new life skills and strategies, and/or learning specific techniques, for example to help with panic attacks and anger management.
Main areas of work include low self-esteem, lack of confidence, loss, all forms of abuse (emotional, psychological, physical and sexual), anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, relationship issues, gender issues and sexuality, trauma and eating disorders.
My approach is integrative, mainly Person-Centred, incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA ) and Gestalt when helpful. I can explain what this means for you in our first session.The work varies from short-, medium- to long-term.
Counselling is a talking therapy and our work is enriched by incorporating, when appropriate,techniques such as chart work, writing exercises, artwork, stonework, visualization, breathing and relaxation techniques, and focusing (5 senses).
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If there is any further information you would like please either phone me on:
01392 413255, 07990697039 or email me at email@example.com
Training, qualifications & experience
Fully Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
1982 BA Hons Degree in History from Durham University
1986 Qualified as a Solicitor
1998 Certificate in Counselling from the University of Exeter
2000 Diploma in Counselling from Relate. The Diploma was an integrative course where the main approach taught was Person-Centred and in addition Psychodynamics and Gestalt
2000 Sexual abuse issues training by the Mental Health Unit of the Exeter & District NHS Trust
2010 ADVA (Against Domestic Violence & Abuse) training by Devon County Council
2011 Post-Qualifying Certificate in CBT from the Iron Mill Institute, Exeter
2012 Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate from the Iron Mill Institute
2013 Sexual abuse issues further training from the Margaret Jackson Centre
2013 Eating disorders specialist training by Beat
I came into counselling in my mid-thirties, having had a career as a Solicitor in London and Exeter. As a matrimonial Solicitor, I had been touched by the emotional distress of many of my clients and I wanted to work with individuals in a deeper relational way focusing on emotional and psychological wellbeing.
I have 17 years of post-qualification experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist in different settings:
- I worked for the Exeter & District NHS Trust Counselling Service for 10 years
- I worked for the Margaret Jackson Centre Counselling Service, Exeter for 3 years
- I worked with Victim Support staff for 3 years
- I provided counselling for Occupational Health staff 5 years ago
- I have counselled students participating on counselling courses
- I have worked on a student helpline
- Currently I have my own private practice in Exeter which I have been running for the last 4 years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues of carers of those with medical conditions
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My hourly rate is £45.
I also offer sessions by phone or skype, at the same hourly rate.
Payment in advance for sessions by phone or skype.
All my work is supervised, I am professionally insured.
I adhere to the BACP framework for good practice.
I am a member of West Country Association for Counsellors
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian and French|
Weekdays and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|