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Helen Cross MA UKCP

Totnes TQ9 & Bovey Tracey TQ13 07748662867 07748662867 07748662867 07748662867 Registered / Accredited
Totnes TQ9 & Bovey Tracey TQ13

About me

Welcome!

I am a fully accredited psychotherapist and counsellor with many years' experience.  I warmly welcome people who are facing a wide range of issues - recognising that everyone's situation is unique.  My aim is to help each person feel safe, so that difficulties can be explored in an atmosphere of acceptance. I have a particular interest in helping people with depression, low self esteem and the impact of past trauma.  I also support those facing anxiety and distress, which are so prevalent in these times of uncertainty and turbulence.


How do you choose...?

Counselling and psychotherapy are most helpful when you feel comfortable enough with the therapist to risk revealing things that may have caused you to feel shame or self-doubt, knowing that you will not be judged.  That in itself can be a great relief.  Then it becomes possible to explore difficult experiences and feelings, get a better understanding of the situation and experiment with new ways of being or behaving.

It can be daunting to think about asking a stranger for help - and reading all these profiles can be quite overwhelming.  The important thing is to find someone you feel you can trust and who is a good 'fit' for you.

You may not be able to tell what feels right until you meet someone face to face, so it can sometimes be helpful to contact or meet more than one person before you decide. 


Practical Arrangements

Counselling may be short term (6-10 weeks)

Psychotherapy usually involves working in more depth and it can take time to build the necessary sense of safety and trust. This is likely to need a longer commitment, 6 months or more - but this is always open to negotiation.

My practice is based in calm, comfortable rooms in Dartington and Bovey Tracey.  I can also sometimes organise sessions in Chudleigh or Exeter if required. 

To start with, I offer a free introductory meeting in which we can discuss the work and how it might be  helpful.  If we agree that we would like  to work together, then we can arrange a trial period of six sessions.  After that,  we will review our work and decide whether to continue for a further time-limited period, or to work on an open-ended basis.

There is no clear-cut distinction between how I work with counselling and psychotherapy.  Counselling may be shorter-term and more focused on a particular present difficulty.  Psychotherapy is usually longer term as it involves developing a trusting relationship to enable underlying issues and patterns to unfold.   In my experience, therapy is most helpful if we can meet every week, at least initially.

Confidentiality and safety  are paramount.  Core Process  Psychotherapists are bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Standards of  the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the Karuna Institute.  My work is fully supervised and insured.

I also offer Clinical Supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • M.A. in Core Process Psychotherapy (2010)
  • UKCP Accredited (2011)
  • Training in Mindfulness-based Supervision (2017)
  • Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Therapy Skills (Person Centred Approach) (1995)
  • PGCE (1988)


My experience in counselling and psychotherapy stretches back over 20 years, beginning with work in voluntary organisations, and including work for the NHS and in a university counselling service as well as in private practice.  Currently I am also a tutor on counselling and psychotherapy courses for the Open University. 

Core Process Psychotherapy is one of the original mindfulness-based approaches, but is also 'cutting edge', drawing on many new ideas about what promotes wellbeing.  I am trained to work in ways that are powerful and effective, but also gentle and respectful of the needs of the individual.   It's a great privilege to be trusted with peoples' inner experiences and this is a responsibility I take very seriously.  


I love this work - every person I work with is unique and there is always something new to learn. I have  always been curious about how our minds work and about how we can find fulfilment in life, even in challenging times.  I continue to explore new ideas, updating and developing my skills regularly.

In my own life, I have found counselling and psychotherapy very helpful when facing difficulties -  it's important to know what it's like to experience this from the other side!  
 


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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Core Process Psychotherapy

Existential issues, such as fear of death or the search for meaning in life.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£45 per hour 

Concessions can usually be negotiated for students, those on low incomes or in temporary financial hardship due to COVID 19.  Please contact me to discuss.

Dartington Space
Dartington
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 6EN

Bovey Tracey
Devon
TQ13 9BZ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Weekdays and some evenings

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I offer Clinical supervision for those in the helping professions.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Helen Cross  MA UKCP

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