Edward Tuckwell

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MBACP, Dip Couns, PT LCT-Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1RP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, and welcome to Optimum Counselling.

My name is Edward, it’s great that you’re thinking about taking the first step to well-being and personal growth.

Life is complex and filled with unique challenges for each of us. Acknowledging the distinct paths we all tread, my aim is to create an open and accepting space where clients can feel truly listened to and understood. Whether it’s tackling anxiety or depression, improving relationships, or seeking personal satisfaction, my role is to be there with you on this journey of change, to focus on providing support and understanding whilst adapting various counselling techniques to fit your personal needs and goals.

As an integrative counsellor means I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches to provide the most effective support tailored to everyone’s unique needs. At the heart of my practice is person-centred therapy, a fundamental approach that shapes how I connect with every client. This means I prioritise understanding you from your perspective, valuing your autonomy and tailoring our sessions to support your personal journey. In addition to person-centred therapy, I blend elements from other therapeutic models as needed. This integrative approach allows me to adapt to the diverse challenges and goals you bring into our sessions, ensuring that the support I offer is as unique as you are.

I believe in being genuine and committed in my practice, aiming to build a safe and trusting space where you can freely explore your thoughts and feelings. This approach is designed to support your journey of self-discovery and healing, with a focus on personal growth and well-being.

Additionally, my counselling approach is not just about looking back but also building up your strength and setting goals for the future. This part of our work together is about enhancing your resilience and working towards achieving your aspirations, not just fixing past issues. By focusing on where you want to go, as well as where you’ve been, we can work towards not just overcoming challenges but thriving in the face of them. This balanced approach aims to equip you with the tools to handle what comes next, ensuring a future that’s not only healed but full of potential.

I follow the ethical guidelines set by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that all sessions are held to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

Your mental and emotional health is my highest priority. If you’re ready to start on the path toward healing and growth, I encourage you to reach out. I promise to support you at every step of the way. 

📞 Contacting Me: If you'd like to schedule a free up to an hour consulting session or have any questions, please feel free to reach out privately using any of the following methods:

📧 Email: info@optimumfitology.com

📱 Phone/text: 07946 199896 - (Fastest way to make contact)

📲 WhatsApp: 07946 199896

🖥️ Website: www.optimumfitology.com (Under construction)

💬 Facebook: Search for Optimum Counselling or Optimum Fitology

🗝️ Confidential Support: Your privacy is of utmost importance to me. Rest assured that our sessions will be held in strict confidence. Your anonymity and confidentiality are respected and protected.

🕊️ Free Consultation: To start your therapeutic journey, I offer a free initial consultation of up to an hour. During this session, we'll take the time to explore why you are seeking counselling, conduct a small assessment, have a general chat about how I work and how we can work together. This consultation allows us to establish a connection, understand your goals, and discuss the approach that best suits your needs.

🌍 Counselling Options: I understand that each person's circumstances and preferences may vary. That's why I offer a range of counselling options to suit your needs:

📞 Phone Counselling: For those who prefer the convenience and comfort of counselling sessions over the phone, I provide dedicated phone counselling services making it convenient for those with busy schedules or geographical limitations and allows you to receive support from the comfort of your own space.

💻 Online Counselling: I offer secure and confidential online counselling sessions via a video chat platform. This flexible option enables you to access counselling from anywhere, again making it convenient for those with busy schedules or geographical limitations and allows you to receive support from the comfort of your own space.

🚶‍♀️ Meet Up Walkabout Counselling: Sometimes, engaging in therapy while being surrounded by nature can provide a unique therapeutic experience. If you enjoy outdoor settings, we can arrange counselling sessions as walkabouts in scenic locations, combining the benefits of nature, fresh air and therapy.

🏡 Home Visits: In certain situations, I understand that visiting your home may be the most suitable option. I offer home visits for clients who may face mobility challenges, have specific needs, or prefer the comfort of their own environment.

🏢 Town Venue: In Barnstaple, I have a warm, relaxing therapy room that is avalible for in-person sessions that provide a comfortable and confidential space for face-to-face counselling. (Pictures provided here)

🌱 My Approach: As a counsellor, creating a collaborative and non-judgmental enviroment where you can freely express yourself. As an integrative counsellor, I tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet your unique circumstances, needs and goals. We'll explore your emotions, identify patterns, and develop practical strategies to help you navigate life's challenges.

💼 Range of Packages: I offer tailored packages to meet your unique needs, ranging from individual counselling sessions to integrated sessions combining personal training and life coaching. I also offer valuable check-in sessions to better stay on track with programs and goals set between the main sessions, ensuring continuous support and progress tracking.

💰 Costs and Pricing: Counselling services should be accessible to all. Fees vary based on service, session length, and location (phone/online or in person). Reduced fees are available for those experiencing financial difficulties, young adults/students, and individuals with disabilities. Your well-being matters, and I'm committed to finding a solution that suits your needs. Contact me privately to discuss fees, reduced options, and your specific counselling requirements.

If you have any specific questions or would like to discuss your individual needs, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would like to reiterate, your well-being is my top priority.

With warm regards,

Edward Tuckwell

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Counselling Studies

Award in Counselling Skills

Award in Counselling Intro

Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction

Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise

I volunteer at an NHS medical practice in Barnstaple as a counsellor.

In the past I have worked with young people both in safeguarding and educational support.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

With face-to-face counselling, the therapy room has the space and tools to use creative work in session.

Post pandemic repercussions, such as social anxiety, relationship strain, work and career security.

Personal Training

Weight Loss / Gain


Quit Smoking / Vape

Photos & videos


£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

10, 30 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1RP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Unfortunately the therapy room is not wheelchair accessible

Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams