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Adv. Dip. Couns MNCS (Accred)

About me

I understand it takes courage to talk to someone about your feelings and how important it is to be met with warmth and compassion when you have taken this step to get support. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues or overwhelm from life's struggles I offer a safe space to find support without judgement.

This process may be seen as a journey, which we share together for a time and requires only ‘the willingness and the courage to be’.

If you have had enough and feel like it is time to change, why not call for a 15-minute free consultation.

I firmly believe that the counselling relationship is key to the therapeutic process, I am committed to developing a trusting relationship where you can feel safe to be yourself, free from judgement. I believe there is opportunity to gain insight into our own ways of relating to others within a kind and trusting relationship.

I have had extensive experience working with anxiety and depression and understand how debilitating it can be to live with these overwhelming feelings.   Counselling can offer tools to ease the distress of these feelings and a deeper understanding of yourself. We will work on how to relate to feelings in ways that can allow you to thrive.

I work in a gentle and compassionate way in order for you to feel safe. The way I work is to include all aspects of your life, your emotional, cognitive, and bodily sensations in present moment awareness as well as looking into past patterns that have affected you negatively. We will also look at cultural, family situations and conditions that are affecting you.

Through therapy we uncover the underlying issues that are core to your pain and suffering and by addressing these together you can become aware of them, understand and accept them, finding true healing.

Traumas held within our bodies and minds are pockets or ‘holds in time’, of unmet, unsupported, undigested life. My aim is to provide a space for these ‘short circuits’ to be re-connected, metabolised and integrated into the whole.   Through gentle probing and sensitive questioning, through guiding you into a deeper experiencing of your body’s ‘felt sense’, through a sharing of insights arising between us, I aim to facilitate a deepening awareness of your own life.

I create a safe space for you to feel into your feelings, and as you meet them, you may discover a new sense of aliveness within you and your life. Feelings, once acknowledged, are self-liberating, and fuel us into greater wholeness. It is only when they are unrecognised, unmet and unloved that they trap us.

When you get in touch with me for a free 15 minute consultation you can ask me any question you'd like answered and I also will ask you a little about yourself - why you are considering support and when would be a good time for you to meet for regular sessions in the week .  Looking at when we are both potentially free is a good way to start. This would be for an introductory session.

​In this session it is a good chance for you to decide whether I could be the right therapist for you. The introductory session lasts one hour and gives us enough time to discuss the opportunity to work together in more detail.

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.

CPD Emotionally Focused Therapy

CPD Working with Trauma (Caroline Spring)

Certificate in Mindfulness Based stress reduction.

Degree in Fine Arts (Hons)

I hold full professional liability insurance.

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling 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 NCS) so you can be reassured that I am receiving support in order to fully support you.

I work 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.

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Accredited register membership

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From £45.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I charge £45 per hour session for adults via telephone, video online counselling or Walk & Talk Therapy.

I charge £55 per hour session for face to face counselling and psychotherapy.

£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.

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

Exeter, Devon, EX4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults