Hannah Speirs

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Reg. MBACP, Adv Dip Counselling
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Tiverton EX16 & Exeter EX3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome. If you are looking at this website, I imagine you have reached a point in your life where you feel something needs to change. Maybe you are experiencing difficult emotions, relationship problems or unhelpful behaviour patterns. Maybe you don’t feel good about yourself, or life feels a bit empty and meaningless and you aren’t sure why. Whatever you are going through at the moment, I offer a compassionate, warm and accepting space where you can safely explore your difficulties. You can expect to feel fully supported whilst developing a better understanding of yourself, and working towards making positive effective changes in your life.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I am trained in a number of different counselling theories and approaches. This allows me to tailor my approach to whatever is likely to be most beneficial for you. We are all individuals and we have unique experiences going through life. This is why I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to counselling and will always be guided by you, and whatever feels most helpful to you.

I have experience working with a wide variety of health, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Some of these include stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, loneliness, illness, anger, guilt, shame, childhood issues, trauma, dissociation, unhelpful eating patterns, work difficulties, financial worries, and relationship problems. 

Reaching out for help can feel quite daunting for some. However, if you are able to take that first step, I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can talk openly about the difficulties you are experiencing. Finding a counsellor that you feel safe opening up to is very important, and this is why I offer a free 15 minute telephone or online appointment, to give you an opportunity to check if you would feel comfortable working with me. If not, there is never any expectation to book any further appointments. 

If you would like to enquire about having a counselling session with me, please do get in touch. I currently only offer sessions online via Zoom or by telephone and find these ways of working are usually just as effective as working in-person.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • Level 3 Foundation in Counselling
  • Certification in Online & Telephone Counselling

Additional Continuing Professional Development includes:

  • Anxiety Disorders & Supportive Strategies
  • Overcoming Low Mood & Depression
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Counselling for Ambiguous Loss
  • Counselling for Chronic Illness and Pain
  • Counselling for Carers
  • Working with Shame
  • Working with Anger
  • Body Dysmorphia & Negative Body Image
  • Overcoming Perfectionism and Self-Sabotage
  • Understanding and Using Motivational Interviewing
  • Counselling ADHD
  • Supporting Clients through Life Transitions
  • Working with Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse
  • Healing Trauma 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

I have been a volunteer counsellor with Mind (a leading mental health charity) where I provided counselling for adults who often had complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked in the NHS for many years in both clinical and non-clinical roles.  

I am a registered member of the BACP and ensure my practice meets their standards for continuing professional development. I also adhere to their ethical framework which is designed to protect clients and ensure counsellors practice safely, ethically and have up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Member organisations

BACP
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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I am sometimes able to offer reduced rate sessions to those on low incomes. Please ask regarding current availability of these.

When I work

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Further information

Please note, I do not currently offer couples therapy. 

Tiverton, Devon, EX16

Exeter, Devon, EX3

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom
Hannah Speirs
Hannah Speirs