Fiona Legg BSc (Hons), Registered MBACP, Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
I feel privileged to be able to offer my support to you as a counsellor. Always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our relationship is to the utmost benefit to us both, I am committed to working together with you in providing the best possible outcome to your counselling journey.
Whilst working in my previous role as a registered general nurse I often found, when looking after people going through life-altering experiences, that the emotional and psychological support that was needed at times appeared more relevant and helpful than the physical care provided.
I have always been interested in the innate ability for growth that exists within us all as humans, and in how we think and behave, and this led me to complete a degree in psychology after a health setback meant that I was no longer able to work as a nurse. Whilst studying, I gained understanding of how life experience can create unhelpful thought patterns which can adversely affect our ability to live life to the full. I went on to study and work in the field of substance misuse and recovery. This subsequently led me to study counselling, and I achieved a level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Counselling in Practice
Our counselling sessions are time for you to use as you wish. Our conversations are yours to direct as you feel comfortable; the concerns you have will surface naturally as we progress. We will realise the most appropriate path as our sessions develop.
Sometimes an approach which is more structured might be useful, to provide the chance to tackle and solve any problems. On other occasions, you may simply wish to give voice to your thoughts and feelings, to explore possible deeper meanings behind what you are experiencing.
The most important thing is that everything that happens in your sessions will have been agreed by you. To be listened to, and accepted for yourself as a unique and individual person, can in itself provide comfort and strength.
My role is to listen to you, to assimilate what you are saying and how you are feeling, and to then reflect this back to you, so that together we can understand the problem in a clearer way. I will offer you the opportunity to examine any difficulties, without giving advice or expressing my own opinions, so you will be able to make your own decisions as to how you would want to proceed.
I will help you to recognise the strengths and resources that you possess, to make good use of them, and perhaps uncover new qualities you didn’t even realise existed within you.
Counselling will enable you to explore new ways of being, and be supported to make any changes you decide to make.
How I Work
My approach to counselling is integrative.
Integrative meaning the inclusion and use of a variety of empirically researched counselling techniques, tailored to each and every individual, so as to allow flexibility and thus cater for all forms of the human experience. I appreciate the capacity for fulfilment as well as the dignity and worth inherent within every person.
I explore the struggles and challenges of every person I work with as a natural part of our human existence.
Where I Work
I work from my home in Whimple, in a situation that is easily accessible, peaceful and welcoming. I offer sessions in my therapy room, or should the weather suit, sitting in my garden, which is surrounded by open fields.
My garden is also available to you for a period following our sessions, should you wish to take a moment to reflect before leaving.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Level 3 NOCN Drug Awareness
Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Registered Member (no.301736) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I have met the strict standards required to be on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register. I am also a registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), registration number R000534.
As well as adhering to BACP’s ethical standards, I hold professional indemnity insurance, receive regular supervision and Continuing Professional Development to help me support clients as best I can. I also hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Knowing and valuing learning as an ongoing process, I continue to develop my skills as a counsellor; I have always read widely, and attend workshops and training sessions where interest or the evolving nature of my role requires.
As well as my private practice, I was until recently a member of the clinical team at ARC, the community counselling service linked to Axminster Medical Practice.
I offer counselling to all adults, without distinction. I have particular familiarity supporting people who are in caring roles, who are experiencing dementia in a loved one, who are in recovery from substance misuse, and also of Asperger’s syndrome.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
The initial assessment appointment is £20.00.
My hourly sessions are charged at £40.00 for individuals; please contact me for couple counselling rates. As a firm believer in counselling being accessible to all, I do offer concessions in certain circumstances.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Types of client