Jess Harrison

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(she/her) Registered Member BACP Dip Couns
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Sidmouth, Devon, EX10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you’re on this site, you might be feeling anxiety, self doubt, overwhelm, grief, helplessness, loneliness to name a few. You don’t have to be alone in this. Online Counselling from your chosen safe space via video apps can really help. For some meeting in person feels right. I offer both. I’m in East Devon and Farnham Surrey.

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 online, in East Devon and  in Farnham, Surrey. Walk and talks are available too.I offer professional, confidential, non-judgemental counselling for teens, adults and couples. 

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 assessment  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, managing 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 tell you how to live your life, 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, anxiety, 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
LGBTQi+ Awareness
Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice (F.E.A.R Model)

Shame and betrayal

Working with Early Relational Trauma

Polyvagal theory fundamentals for working with trauma

Breathwork for Anxiety and Trauma


Couples and conflict
Communication & Difference
Dealing with affairs
Sex, arousal and ageing
Meetings Partners' needs

I hold a DBS Certificate

I am LGBTQI+ affirmative

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 in day school and boarding.

I incorporate 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)

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with



£55.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial assessment £60. Because it is so important for you to have the opportunity to choose the right counsellor for you, our first meeting differs from other sessions. I’ll be gathering as much information as possible to facilitate the best way forward. You will also be deciding if I’m the right fit for your needs. If my skills and experience aren’t meeting your needs, I can help you find the right services or practitioner. You don’t have to do this alone.

If we decide to work with each other my fee is £55 for a 50 minute session. 

Most of my Counselling is online so you can be in your safe space. I also see people in person in East Devon in my office or for walk and talks.

Monthly in person sessions or walk and talk sessions are available subject to arrangement. We can work to a time limit or long-term basis.

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

Adults:     £55 per session
Couples:  £60

Children & Young People (14+ years old) :  £55 per session

Parental/Family consultation:  £60

Walk and Talk £60

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 daytime sessions, so if finance is preventing you from accessing counselling, do just ask.

I am training as a supervisor and am looking for supervisees.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

At present all sessions are offered online via video apps M-Th, in person Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoon/evening. "walk and talk” by specific arrangement.

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.

I am Member of SWEC (counsellors in education)

Sidmouth, Devon, EX10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My Sidmouth practise is fully accessible. Online work can be any time to suit your home, work life or time zone.


Jess Harrison
Jess Harrison