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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor, and an accredited member of the BACP.  I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you are free to explore any issues and problems you have.

As well as exploring present difficulties, counselling is also a place for growth and development.   I believe that ultimately the clients know themselves best;  my role is is to help you get in touch with your own inner wisdom by offering a place where you are valued, really understood and not judged.  From this place you can make the choices that will allow you to reach more of your potential.  You can begin to become more of who you really are rather than what others want you to be.

My approach is flexible and will depend on the needs of the client.  I also use CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to look at how our thoughts and beliefs affect how we feel and behave; and I use mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help you come into the present moment.

If you are interested in having sessions with me, I offer a 30 minute initial meeting (for which there is no charge). This is a chance to meet me and ask any questions before making any further commitment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Metanoia Institute in West London, gaining a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling in 2002.

More recently I have trained in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) at the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Newton Abbot, gaining a Diploma in Creative CBT

I also have a certificate in Stress Management from The Centre for Stress Management

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and follow their Ethical Framework

I have been working as a counsellor in private practice since 2004. I also work as a counsellor for TALKWORKS, the NHS IAPT service in Devon

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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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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Additional information

Initial 30 minute meeting - no charge
My fees are £40 for a one hour session.
I offer some concessionary rates of £30 for people on a low wage

Further information

I offer short or long term counselling depending on the needs of the client.  This can be discussed at the first session, which is an opportunity for you to see if you would be happy to work with me, and to ask any questions.

I work from Dartington Space, which is close to Dartington Hall, and about a mile from Totnes.  There is ample parking.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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