Jess Harrison

Jess Harrison

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Relationship or Family 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.

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, abuse, eating disorder, 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


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

Advanced DBS

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 practice, I have worked in school special needs (3-11year olds) and worked as a school counsellor (4-19 year-olds).

I incorporate coaching, techniques and I have developed both structured and creative ways of working including goal setting tasks, role play, art, diagrams 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


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Other areas of counselling I deal with



Because it is so important for you to have the opportunity to choose the right counsellor for you, I offer an initial 15 minute introductory call, free of charge.

If we decide to work with each other after that call, my fee is £45 for a 50 minute session.


Counselling is offered in the format of face to face or online, either on a time limited, short term or long-term basis, depending on your needs.

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

     £45 per session
Couples:  £50

Children & Young People 9-16years:  £45 per session
Parental/Family consultation:  £50

Skype 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.

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).

Maps & Directions

Taunton, TA1
Sidmouth, EX10

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

My Sidmouth office is fully accessible, Exeter is accessible upon request and availability. Regrettably Taunton is not accessible.


I have weekday and evening practises in Exeter,Taunton and Sidmouth.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme