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Jess Harrison Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.

Exeter EX1 & Sidmouth EX10
07955 389923 07955 389923
Exeter EX1 & Sidmouth EX10

About me

Times are hard and you may be discovering your strengths as well as deep feelings of overwhelm, grief, helplessness, loneliness to name a few. You don’t have to be alone in this. Online Counselling via video apps can really help.

Relationship issues, lonely, overwhelmed or depressed, struggling in general or because of specific events? Sometimes friends and family are unable to support you in the way you need. I have practises in Exeter,Taunton and Sidmouth where I offer professional, confidential, non-judgemental counselling for children, teens, adults and couples. Currently all sessions are via online video apps.

I use an integrated approach which means I draw on a range of skills and theories to adapt counselling to your individual needs. I am passionate about the work I do because I know it helps you on the path back to being yourself.

There is nothing too big or too small to bring to counselling but I understand looking for a counsellor can be a daunting thought .For some, life may have been difficult for a great while and an impartial, professional listener can be a welcome step to change. It takes courage to make that first step so it is important that you find someone who you can trust. To this end I offer an initial, no obligation meeting for us to explore your hopes or fears about counselling. Together we can discuss how I could work with you to get what you need.

You may feel stuck, have family issues, be battling depression, anxiety or just know that life could be better. Counselling helps make sense of the difficulties you are having. I am trained to work in varied techniques and whilst I won’t offer you advice I will work alongside you to make decisions and find an understanding of situations and yourself.

My work in schools with children and young people has informed my practise where relationships, both professionally and in the home, can become complex. Changes in life and relationships, illness, low self esteem, depression, anger and stress are just some of the issues I have experience in. I can offer long, medium or short-term work to help you with your issues.

As a humanistic practitioner I never underestimate the capacity for growth; whether it is support in gaining new perspectives, changing behaviours or thoughts, or building self esteem and positive self image; our counselling relationship can help you to explore in a professional, safe and confidential setting .

My job is to facilitate your exploration and understanding to enable you to make the change you want to achieve.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of BACP

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
Diploma in NLP

ADVA: Tackling domestic abuse & violence

SAL:   Sexual abuse and related issues

Safeguarding adults
Safeguarding children (level 3)
Early Help

Working with Eating Disorders.
Working with Relational Trauma
Understanding and Working with Trauma (PTSD)
Working with people who Self injure
LGBT&Q Awareness
Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice (F.E.A.R Model)

Working with Early Relational Trauma


Sex,Arousal and Ageing
Communication & Difference
Dealing with affairs
Couples and conflict
Meetings Partners' needs

I hold a DBS Certificate

I am continually updating my skills and knowledge with varied training and workshops.

My work in the charitable sector includes the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter and the Quiet Mind centre in Exmouth.
My work in education and early years' settings informs my practise, I have worked with special educational needs (aged 3- 11 years) and been a school counsellor for 4-19 year olds. I encorporate coaching, techniques and I have developed both structured and creative ways of working including goal setting tasks, sand and clay, role play, art, diagrams, mindfulness and relaxation.

I have studied both beauty therapy and homoeopathy which has fostered a holistic overview of the human condition as well as the complexities around building and maintaining a concept and image of the self.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Because it is so important for you to have the opportunity to choose the right counsellor for you, I offer an initial 20 minute introductory call, free of charge.

If we decide to work with each other after that call, my fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.


My counselling is offered face to face or online, either on a time limited, short term or long-term basis, depending on your needs and preferences.

Most clients experience maximum benefit from weekly appointments, with you always remaining in control of how many sessions you choose to have.

Adults:     £50 per session
Couples:  £55

Children & Young People 9-16years:  £50 per session
Parental/Family consultation:  £55

Online counselling available.

Student counsellors, carers and supporters of others, at home or professionally, need support too. If this is you, or if you are a student, do get in touch.

I offer some subsidised sessions, so if finance is preventing you from accessing counselling do just ask.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Further information

I offer a free no obligation chat on the phone so you can decide if you feel comfortable with me and have any questions about how counselling could work for you.

Feeling I am Member of SWEC (counsellors in education)



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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

My Sidmouth practise is fully accessible. My Exeter office is not fully accessible but can be on request


At present all my sessions are online via video apps M-F

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Jess Harrison Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.

Jess Harrison Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.