Fiona Layton Advanced Dip. Humanistic Counselling NCS (Accred)

Fiona Layton Advanced Dip. Humanistic Counselling NCS (Accred)



0744 364 7604

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About me

I am offering reduced cost sessions during this time of crisis  I imagine that, like me, most of you are living with the mix of fears and sorrows that appropriately come with a global pandemic. In the face of real danger and the tragedy of loss, it’s crucial to honour the intelligence of these feelings, and to meet them with as much mindfulness, gentleness and compassion as you can.

I can now offer landline, mobile and Skype video counselling sessions to anyone who feels they need extra help at this time at a reduced fee, please contact me for more information, stay safe and well.

Maybe life feels just too difficult right now? Are you grieving, highly anxious, depressed or suffering in some other way? Are you in need of someone to listen deeply and compassionately? Maybe you have a particular issue in mind, or perhaps things are not that clear.

A creative heart space with Fiona Layton

In therapy with me, you will have my wholehearted support in finding tools, resources and confidence to deal with your difficulties.

I offer you:

Caring, perceptive, deep listening and acceptance. A welcome to you and all that you may be experiencing. I strive to help the complex feel simple. A moment by moment approach which facilitates lasting change.

I offer help if you are in crisis, feeling overwhelmed or stuck, at a loss what to do next, in need of a safe place to talk, have issues that could be helped by having a considerate, professional supporter.

We will explore together, get to know what is actually happening for you, what does and doesn't help. New awareness arises and new methods mastered, new approaches discovered. Given space and witnessing the unbearable feelings and you find thoughts will diminish, your problems become ones that you have the resources to deal with.

I will help you to 'get out of your head' and feel your way into your body and emotions, being able to read the body's signs to allow you to gain insight and thereby help you to connect to yourself and others.

​This process of connecting to yourself and listening inwardly can be helpful in many ways. It can support you to make clearer decisions in your life and allow you to reconnect to a truer sense of who you are and what you need. This is often called 'mindfulness' and is recognised within the NHS and stress treatment programs around the world, as significantly contributing to improved mental health.

How can you begin counselling?
You may feel nervous about contacing me, but please don't worry

- I want to help you find the support you need. I do understand that making the first contact can seem like a big step and it may have been on your mind for a while.

​You are very welcome to be in contact with me by email or by phone.

​When you get in touch with me 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.  Then we can decide if meeting up in person is our next step. 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 and you will also see my therapy room and location. The introductory session lasts one hour and gives us enough time to discuss the opportunity to work together in more detail.

I work from both Barnstaple and Bideford:

I have a warm and quiet therapy space in Barnstaple, just off the High Street.

The Bideford therapy space is situated in central Bideford just off the High Street, close to Barnstaple and Torrington.

There is a carpark adjacent or free parking is available just nearby for 1 hour.

I welcome you to contact me on 07443647604, you are also welcome to contact me by text message or use the 'Email me' link at the top of the page. If I am not available straight away I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 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.

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.

Over the past year I worked as a Cancer Care Counsellor with 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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I charge £40 per session hour and £40 for Skype sessions.

Maps & Directions

Bideford, EX39
Barnstaple, EX31

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


9am - 5pm Wednesdays

9am - 7pm Thursdays

Types of client

Older adults