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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 for the NHS as a stop smoking counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


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.

Dartington Space
Dartington Hall

Type of session

In person
Gavin McKivragan

Gavin McKivragan