Elissa Mood MSc, Reg. MBACP, Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
50 Prospect Park
I aim to create a safe space in which you can explore all your feelings and life experiences without judgement, and with a view to heal from the past, change unsatisfactory current circumstances, create a better future and become the person you were born to be. People who know me describe me as kind, caring, humane, loyal, patient and trustworthy; and I would use these qualities in my counselling practice to offer you the best support I can. I care deeply about my clients and am fully committed to help you on this journey. This is not just a job for me, it’s a vocation.
You may be feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, scared, emotional or out of control at this time; but in fact it is a sign of strength that you are even searching for a counsellor, as that shows there is something in you which has the courage to look at what’s happening in your life, and that you believe things can be different. This strength, no matter how small, will help you through the counselling process and ultimately help you heal and change.
I work in the St. James area of Exeter and can help with many forms of emotional, behavioural and psychological distress (see full list below). I work in an Integrative way; which means I can tailor my counselling approach to suit your needs, using whichever method(s) work best for you.
How I can help
I believe that deep and lasting change occurs within the safety of a trusting and caring relationship. This can be enormously therapeutic if you are struggling to find unconditional support from the people in your life, or if you do not feel you are accepted for who you are. Even if you do have this support it can be difficult to share certain difficult feelings, thoughts or experiences. Friends and family, even with the best of intentions, can often tell us to "get over" our problems or tell us how to fix them. This can make us feel bad when we can't or don't feel it's right to take their advice, and we may feel unable to continue sharing our problems with them - which can leave us feeling alone, unsupported and stuck. The truth is that many life problems are complex, and cannot be resolved by simple solutions. I therefore do not offer quick fixes but work patiently with you until your way forward becomes clearer.
The pace and content of counselling is dictated by you and I will do all I can to build up trust in our relationship so you feel safe to share and explore your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I work empathically and without conditions, making it safe for you to tell me anything when you’re ready, without fear of judgment.
What to expect in your first session
In our first session you will have a chance to offload and tell me a bit about what's been troubling you. This opportunity to share your problems with someone trained to listen without judgment, advice or opinions can in itself be enormously therapeutic, and provide a feeling of relief and hope. We will also be able to discuss what you hope to gain from counselling in this session, so we have a clear map to follow if you decide to continue with me as your counsellor. This first session is free, so you have an opportunity to decide if I’m the right person for you, before any financial outlay.
If I don't feel I can give you the help you need, I may be able to refer you to someone who can. If you feel comfortable and are happy to continue with me, we can set up a second session, and will continue to see each other on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly or ad hoc basis, according to your availability and financial situation.
I am about 10-15 minutes walk from Exeter City Centre in a quiet, pleasant street off the Old Tiverton Road. There is free off-street parking if you are coming by car. If travelling by public transport, the house is less than a minute's walk to the nearest bus stop (E, F1, F2 buses); and 5 minutes walk from St. James Park train station.
Sessions last one hour. The first session is free, and after that cost £40 per hour. Some concessions are available for those on a low income (please enquire for further information or see my website at http://elissamood.com/wp/further_info/). Payment is by cash, cheque or BACS transfer. You are never under any obligation to continue counselling and can leave at any time.
My counselling room is on the first floor, up one flight of stairs. Please let me know if this is not accessible for you and I will arrange to see you in a room on the ground floor or at a suitable alternative venue. I have awareness of visual and hearing impairments and hold a BSL level 2 certificate. I also hold a level 2 certificate in Mental Health Awareness, covering many diagnosed mental health disorders.
If you would like to discuss your needs, ask me any questions or arrange an initial session you can call or text on 07456 780130 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can click the 'Email me' link above to send me a message. If you are unsure and want to have a think about it you can also click 'Save Profile' below to come back later. You can also find out more about me on my website www.elissamood.com.
A final note ...
I know how hard it can be taking that first step to contacting a counsellor. It takes a great deal of courage to open yourself up to someone you haven't met before. I recognise and respect the enormity of this and will always be sensitive to any fears and vulnerabilities you have.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and I hope to meet with you if and when you feel ready to get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Specialist Diploma (Level 6) in Couples and Relationship Counselling (Heartwood College of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2 Certificate (The Skills Network, University of West Anglia)
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Exeter College)
Working with Sand Tray (Tina Hill-Art 'Living and Life' Training)
Focussing for Psychotherapists (Susan Jordan, British Focussing Association)
Gender Identity Awareness (Diversity Trust)
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (Margaret Jackson Centre, Exeter)
Domestic Abuse Awareness Training (Devon County Council)
NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory (Exeter College)
Introduction to Counselling (Open University)
Masters in Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University)
I have worked as a counsellor for the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter since 2015.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pre Menstrual Syndrome / Pre Menstrual Tension (PMS / PMT)
Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Pre Menstrual Exacerbation of another disorder (PME)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
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Counselling sessions last one hour and cost £40. First session free. Some concessions available (see http://elissamood.com/wp/further_info/ for more information).
I hold a current DBS enhanced certificate and am fully insured. I also receive regular supervision and CPD to help me support clients as best I can.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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- My counselling room is up one flight of stairs. I can arrange to see you in a room on the ground floor or at a suitable alternative venue if required. - Awareness of visual and hearing impairments - BSL level 2 certificate
Monday - Friday 9am-6.30pm
Types of client