Emma Finch

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Adv Dip, MBACP, BSc (Econ) Hons
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Exeter EX4 & Sidmouth EX10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

As a fully qualified and insured integrative counsellor and registered member of the BACP,  I offer psychotherapeutic counselling for individuals and couples face-to-face in Exeter, Clyst Honiton and Newton Poppleford, as well as  individual psychotherapeutic counselling online and via the telephone

My approach.......

               Every person’s experience of life is unique. Every person is unique.

Whatever brings you to therapy, whatever you want to explore or want help with, our work will always start by establishing an authentic and collaborative relationship in which you feel supported, cared for and listened to.

You may want support to soften current distress or anxiety, or to better understand what brings personal meaning to your life. You may want to become better aware of what drives your current emotions, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, or understand how past experiences have influenced who you are today. By working together to raise your awareness of yourself my aim is that you not only feel seen, heard and supported but that you feel better equipped to make positive personal choices and changes that are right for you.

There is no single best way of ‘doing’ therapy. Different clients need different things at different times. Because you are unique and know yourself better than anyone else, we will use a variety of therapeutic interventions blending them together in a complimentary way to suit your individual style, goals, needs and pace.  My role is not to provide solutions but to help you find your answers in a confidential, non-judgemental, secure space.

My humanistic, existentially focused way of working utilises aspects of Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis, Parts work, Somatic awareness, Psycho-education and other creative interventions.

I offer short term (usually 6 weeks) as well as open-ended long term therapy to suit your individual need.

Counselling during the Covid 19 Pandemic

My spacious counselling rooms allow us to continue to meet face-to-face whilst also ensuring adhere to government guidelines.  However, I understand that it can sometimes be difficult to attend sessions face to face. Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, the benefits of online and telephone therapy have become very apparent. Online and telephone counselling can be as effective as face-to-face counselling and offer the additional advantages of convenience, flexibility and accessibility.

Free 30 Minute Phone Consultation

The relationship is key to a successful therapeutic outcome, so it is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and that I am able to support you in your journey. If you feel we might be a good match then please get in touch to organise a free, no obligation, 30-minute telephone consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified MBACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor. 

  • BSc Econ (Hons), University College London
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited), Iron Mill College Exeter
  • Certificate in Counselling (NCS Accredited), Iron Mill College Exeter
  • Counselling Young People Stage 1 (BACP Accredited), Iron Mill College Exeter
  • Mental Health First Aid: Children and Young People
  • First Aid in the Workplace

I have experience in working with a variety of presenting issues including the impact of:

  • domestic abuse
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • depression
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • low self-esteem
  • managing loneliness
  • feelings of shame
  • relationship issues
  • suicidal thoughts
  • self-harm
  • bereavement and loss
  • trauma including complex PTSD
  • Menopause and peri menopause

Additional Training and Areas of Interest:

  • Suicide and Self Harm
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Working with Shame
  • Trauma:  Complex Trauma and PTSD, Neuroscience of Trauma,  Somatic Approaches to Healing Trauma, Treating Trauma – Masterclass (NICAMB)
  • Working with Couples
  • Existential approaches to therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Working with Men and Boys
  • Somatic body work
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Mindfulness

My extensive life experience, which includes living and working overseas in five different cultural environments, and my training as a humanistic integrative therapist at Iron Mill College in Exeter has reinforced my passionate belief in the uniqueness of every individual. 

In addition to my private practice, I work with the Quiet Minds Centre in Exmouth, run a Mental Health Awareness Consultancy service and am a Mental Fitness Co-ordinator at Sidmouth Rugby Club.

As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I adhere to their ethical framework. In line with GDPR and client confidentiality, I am registered as a data controller at the Information Commissioners Office. I hold full professional liability insurance and an up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. 

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

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

50-60 minute individual therapy session - £55 

50-60 minute couples therapy session - £70 

Extended sessions are also available. 

I have a limited number of spaces at a reduced fee for those on a provable low income and trainee counsellors. Please get in touch if you would like more information.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Exeter, Devon, EX4

Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

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

Key details

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Aylesbeare premises are wheelchair accessible

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