Fiona Layton

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Adv. Dip. Couns MNCPS (Accred), BA (Hons)
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Bideford, North Devon, EX39 2AN
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My approach is actively compassionate, open and transparent, allowing you to understand how the therapy process is progressing. Working from a place of curiosity, I help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself by exploring your needs, motivations and patterns, empowering you to gain freedom and choice in your decisions, and to affect change in your own life.

Knocking on a therapist's door can feel unnerving. It is also the first step in overcoming your fears. I will be there to welcome you with a smile; there is no need to prepare anything. I offer a confidential space and a calm presence in which you can voice what is worrying you and explore any personal issues free of judgment. My aim is that you feel listened to, heard and understood, and find the inner strength to overcome your difficulties.

In an ideal world. each one of us would feel unconditionally loved and accepted, free to be fully and openly ourselves, able to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with others and keen to explore the world around us. We would be trauma free. The reality is that many of us have had challenging experiences in our lives and as a result we carry inner hurts and wounds, which can show up in many ways including low self-esteem or self-confidence, social anxiety, panic attacks, feeling overwhelmed, tearful, angry, worthless, anxious, depressed, suicidal.

How Therapy can Help
Therapy can help us to search for the roots of our pain and know that there is nothing intrinsically "wrong" with us. Over time, we can put down new, healthy roots that will nourish and re-energise us. We can strengthen our sense of who we are and explore and express what we want and what we need from others. We can improve our relationships and the way that we think and feel about ourself. We can embark on implementing the changes that we wish to make in our lives.

People come to therapy for many different reasons. Whatever your reasons, I will support you in identifying and overcoming any unhelpful patterns that are preventing you from achieving your full potential and having improved relationships. The goal of therapy is to help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and to develop skills to improve your life and relationships in a more meaningful way. As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I use different therapies and techniques in my work to ensure I help you in the best possible way according to your needs.

About Me
I am an experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist qualified to work with adults, young people and children, although I generally work with people aged 16 and above. I work relationally, and the therapeutic relationship that we build is at the heart of our work together.

I am a registered accredited Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist, member of the NCPS (National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society) I have worked as a Cancer Care Counsellor with the NHS and with NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse). 

Building on my rich life experience and solid background have enabled me to give a steadfast capacity to working with difficulties, with warmth and genuiness.

My work involves building a therapeutic relationship within a relational integrative approach. I carefully attune to client's needs through creating a safe and compassionate space to explore issues that arise for clients at their pace and to meet their own goals in therapy.

My clients say I show warmth and acceptance, empathy and insight. I have a way of putting people at ease, allowing them to feel comfortable in themselves.  Here is what my clients say:

"Our work together has been incredibly powerful. I have discovered parts of myself that were previously unknown to me and you have shown how I can care for and accept myself. The impact of our time together will be lasting." - Client Testimonial

I have trained for many years in psychology and therapy and specialise in treating anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, relationship issues, bereavement and spirituality.

I look forward to hearing from you, connecting with you and meeting you soon, Fiona

I welcome you to contact me on 0744 364 7604, you are also welcome to use the 'Email me' link at the top of the page. If you wish to read more please visit my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Level 4 with Heartwood College of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The training was Integrative, which means I have experience of several counselling approaches. The use of the word ‘integrative’ not only describes a fusion of different techniques, it also refers to the integration of all aspects of the personality and needs of the client. This brings awareness of the emotional, rational, behavioural, physiological and spiritual, as they apply to you, delivering a tailor made service to address your evolving needs.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with Pat Ogden, Ph.D.
Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment 

Internal Family Systems Therapy for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction & More: An Intensive Online Course with Dr. Richard Schwartz & Dr. Frank Anderson

Counselling Children and Young People Diplma

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Diploma (Distinction)

CPD Emotionally Focused Therapy

CPD Working with Trauma (Caroline Spring)

Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse  - NDADA

Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Teacher Training Programme Buddhist Psychology & Practice

BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Arts

I hold full professional liability insurance.

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society, this means I work in line with their ethical requirements.

I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development and regularly attend workshops and courses.

I regularly attend both 1:1 and group supervision (as is required by my professional body the NCPS) so you can be reassured that I am receiving support in order to fully support you.

I worked at NDADA, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse, as a Counsellor.

I worked as a Cancer Care Counsellor within the NHS.

My aim is to give you compassionate support and permission to be fully yourself, however challenging that can be.

Member organisations

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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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 & Psychotherapy Society
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£50.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I charge £50 per hour session for adults via telephone, video online counselling or Walk & Talk Therapy.

I charge £50-55 per hour session for face to face counselling and psychotherapy for young people and adults.

£70 per hour session for couples face to face counselling and psychotherapy.

When I work

9am - 8pm Mondays

9am - 5pm Tuesdays

9am - 8pm Wednesdays

9am - 7pm Thursdays

Further information

I am delighted to announce that I can now offer Walk and Talk Therapy.

What is Walk and Talk Therapy?

It is a form of counselling/psychotherapy where confidential sessions take place outside with counsellor and client walking side by side observing social distancing measures. It is also referred to as Ecotherapy, Walking Therapy or Outdoor Therapy. The pace is always set by the client with the counsellor matching their pace. If the client wishes to pause or sit they are free to do so.

The primary objective of Walk and Talk is to have a therapy session. However walking in the fresh air in a natural environment provides an additional therapeutic context. I adhere to the NCS Ethical Framework and observe the same legal rules of confidentiality as traditional face to face counselling settings.

I offer you support with issues such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression/low mood, Bereavement & Stress.

The Benefits of Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and Talk combines the health benefits of walking outside with the psychological benefits of talking to a trained therapist. It has been shown to lower levels of anxiety, stress and depression in addition to enhancing a sense of well being.

Bereaved clients find being outside in the changing seasons helpful while working through the stages of grief following the loss of a loved one. Walking relieves tension and stimulates blood flow to the brain improving problem solving and creative thinking.

The natural environment, weather and objects encountered on the walk can be used symbolically and metaphorically as part of the therapy.

Heartspace Counselling, 40 The High Street, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 2AN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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Fiona Layton
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