Heather Cowie

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Anxiety & Self-esteem Counsellor
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Tavistock PL19 & Plymouth PL4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Working within the NHS, a young person’s charity and in private practice, I have counselled a variety of issues, but I have a particular interest in helping people with anxiety and self confidence.

High levels of anxiety can affect everything, from relationships, to work and social situations. It can undermine your confidence, which can mean you are unable to live the life you want. It can feel frustrating and frightening, as you ask yourself why? what is going on? or what is wrong with me? 

Other things you might notice could be people pleasing behaviours, perfectionism, harsh self-criticism, or attachment difficulties.

I aim to help you understand and learn to manage your anxiety and build self confidence, so that you can live the life you want to.

I work online throughout the UK and face to face in Tavistock and Plymouth.

Am I the right counsellor for you?

It’s important for you to find a person that you feel comfortable and safe with. This will be different for everyone.

My various life experiences have taught me that everyone suffers and that everyone’s suffering is different but equally valid. We can often amplify our suffering by blaming ourselves. We say I “shouldn’t” be feeling like that or I “should” be able to get over it. But we are all human. We all suffer. And the antidote to suffering is compassion. So, I believe that being heard, understood and offered kindness in times of suffering can make an incredible difference. Especially if we are finding it hard to give ourselves that compassion.

I hope to be a calm, caring and courageous person; someone who is not afraid to witness your pain and sit in it with you, whilst carrying hope for brighter days. I will listen to try to understand your world. I will help you gently explore your feelings and beliefs and go deeper into what might be at the root of your distress. I will encourage you to find your glimmers and sparkles that will lead to your own solutions.

We all have our own unique problems, contexts and as an integrative counsellor, I use a variety of methods to suit your individual needs. But you will always be in control in our time together. I might have the skills in counselling but you are the expert on you.

Next steps

If that sounds like it could be a good fit for you, then do please get in touch, by email, phone or text - whatever works for you.

Once you contact me, I will get back to you to within 24 hours. We can then book in your first full session, or if you prefer, I offer a free 15 minute phone/online introductory call so you can decide if I'm the right counsellor for you.

Contact me now to arrange your first session or FREE conversation. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Exeter).
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate.
  • Qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE).
  • MA Hons French & Business (University of Edinburgh.)

I have counselled within an NHS service in GPs surgeries, with the young person's charity Young Devon, as well as my own private practice.

Through this work, I have gained experience of various issues including; anxiety, low mood / depression, anger, bereavement, self-confidence, trauma, abuse, adverse childhood experiences, eating issues, OCD, loss, and relationship issues.

I have completed training for specific areas such as trauma, suicide and self harm, and bereavement.

Prior to working as a counsellor I have also worked as a secondary school teacher, run my own Children's Nursery business, worked in marketing and publishing and also presented on the shopping channel QVC.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free initial phone or online consultation so we can discuss what you are looking for and see if we are a good match. Contact me to arrange.

I do offer some concessions - enquiry for more information.

When I work

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Further information

I offer face to face sessions from both Tavistock and Plymouth. The rooms I use are in newly renovated Wellbeing Centres, specifically designed to create a calm, safe space for counselling.

Wellness Rooms, Platinum Centre, 2 Brook Street, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0BN

Dragonfly Well-Being Centre, 34 Mannamead Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 7AF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Additional languages

I speak reasonable French

Online platforms

Google Meet