Jessica Cotton

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Counselling & Coaching
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

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Exmouth, Devon, EX8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a BACP qualified psychodynamic therapist and coach, project manager and mental health consultant and trainer. I have over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable children, young people and adults in a range of community settings; the last 12 of which as a therapeutic practitioner, and as a manager of whole-system mental health programmes working alongside young people and the adults involved in their care.

I am a qualified e-therapist offering therapy and coaching online. 

The therapy I offer is trauma informed and neurodiversity affirmative. I offer a safe, calm and non-judgemental space to my clients. My approach is supportive, active and collaborative, helping you to identify patterns in your experience, identify your own meanings and to work alongside you to facilitate the changes you want to make in your life, at your pace, and in your own unique way.

Whilst I am flexible in my theoretical approach, my core counselling training is from a 'psychodynamic' orientation. This means I am interested in the ways in which behaviour is motivated by our unconscious thoughts and feelings. I am also interested in our early childhood experiences and how these impact on our present day relationships and sense of self. 

I offer support with a range of issues including:

  • ADHD/Autism
  • Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Family & relationship difficulties
  • Parenting
  • Depression & low mood
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Work and career related stress
  • Abuse
  • Self esteem and identity related issues
  • Sexuality & gender
  • Life choices, events and transition incl bereavement
  • Eating related behaviours
  • Performance anxiety
  • Substance and alcohol issues

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Trauma Informed Practice Associates Programme (CALM/Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Facilitated Academic Resilience Approach (FARA Brighton University)
  • OLT (Online Counselling Training for Counsellors) Certificate in Online Counselling (validated by CPCAB, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awards Body)
  • PGDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP Approved), pass with merit
  • BA Applied Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology & Philosophy), pass first class with hons
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate, pass

Plus a range of CPD including:

  • Crisis Aggression Limitation Management (CALM)
  • ASSIST (suicide intervention & first aid)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR certificate)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Supervision for Managers
  • Solution FocusedCounselling 
  • CBT for Children & Young People 
  • CBT with Heart (1 day course) 
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Counselling Assessment
  • Intergenerational Trauma 
  • Person Centered Support Planning
  • Setting Professional Boundaries
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Resilience
  • Self Harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Social Media & Mental Health 
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Health & Safety

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


£60.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have availability on Wednesdays and Fridays

Exmouth, Devon, EX8

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet
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Jessica Cotton
Jessica Cotton