About me

Thank you for taking the time to view my profile.

I am a warm, friendly, qualified counsellor in Exeter. If you're struggling with difficult or disabling feelings, going through a hard time or just feeling generally stuck I can help you to bring about the real and meaningful change you need in your life.

I have successfully helped clients with a range of problems including anxiety, depression, anger management, bereavement and more. Whatever it is that you are seeking help with I will work hard to understand your unique needs and to provide you with the support you need.

I understand that choosing a counsellor can be daunting so I offer a free, initial consultation, either over the phone or face to face, so you can decide for yourself if I'm the right counsellor for you. I work from comfortable dedicated counselling rooms in the centre of Exeter. Weekend and evening sessions are available.

Please visit my comprehensive website for more information about who I am and how I work. For now please know that if you choose to contact me you will be treated with patience, respect and compassion from the very beginning of our relationship. I will never judge you or label you. Because you are a unique individual with unique problems I will tailor the way I work to meet your needs (and if I don't think I'm going to be the best person to help you I will let you know straight away so as not to waste your time or money.)

I am committed to working to the highest professional, legal and ethical standards at all times. I believe in the power of counselling to change lives for the better so, alongside my private practice, I also work part-time for Iron Mill College where I manage their affordable counselling service and I volunteer for the Margaret Jackson Centre, a local charity offering low-cost counselling to the general public.

Whilst I trust in the training, knowledge, experience and skills that I bring to the counselling room, the most encouraging feedback I get from my clients is that they feel I really understand them and their problems. I believe that this in itself can transform lives.

I hope to hear from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Core Training

  • Iron Mill College - Certificate in Counselling
  • Iron Mill College - Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Additional Training

  • Working with Relational Trauma (PODS)
  • Human Diversity, The Challenge of Meeting the Other (WAC)
  • Anger, Rage and Relationship (Iron Mill College)
  • Eating Disorders Training Day(Exeter & East Devon Counselling Training)


  • Margaret Jackson Centre - Counsellor (Volunteer) (2014 to present)
    • Charity offering affordable counselling to the public. As one of the more experienced counsellors within the service I work with clients with more complex needs.
  • Iron Mill College - Iron Mill College Counselling Service Coordinator (2017 -present)
    • Managing all aspects of a busy, growing affordable counselling service: line-managing counsellors, assessing clients, ensuring compliance with legal and ethical frameworks.

Prior to becoming a counsellor I had a twenty year long, varied career as a conservationist, ecologist and environmental educator working for wildlife and community regeneration charities and latterly within the water industry.

Member organisations


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

I offer a free initial consultation.

Following sessions are £40 per hour.


Mondays & Fridays - daytime and evening. Saturdays - daytime.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

James Field

James Field