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Dip.Couns, MNCS (Accred)

About me

My aim is to provide a warm and supportive space where you feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and feelings around what has happened or is happening to you. You can rest assured I will not judge or patronise you, I will be alongside you, facilitating your self-reflection to help you to make sense of the difficult challenges you are currently experiencing. Using appropriate and effective counselling and coaching skills to meet your individual needs, together we will source ways of managing your mental wellbeing, freeing you up to new possibilities.

I work as an integrative therapist and I am qualified in therapeutic models such Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). These varying modalities enable me to tailor the therapy to meet your individual needs.

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and abide by their guidelines and ethical framework. More details can be found at www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org

How counselling can help;

Do you feel you have lost sight of your inner, confident and happier self? Maybe you feel unworthy, guilty and are self-critical, as you numb yourself to the painful feelings and thoughts by pushing them aside. Left unattended these negative thoughts can manifest as a prolonged overwhelming sense of helplessness, depression, chronic stress, anxiety and life-limiting illnesses.

I come from a place of compassion and dedication where I facilitate your self-exploration enabling you to reconnect and trust your innate resilience and resourcefulness. Often this self awareness is the enlightening nudge needed to step off the self-depreciating cycles that are holding you back. My aim is to empower you to bring about the changes you feel you need.

The sort of issues I can help you with:

These are wide ranging and can include; anxiety and chronic stress, depression, PTSD, family relationship issues, bullying, bereavement, loneliness, low self-esteem, domestic abuse/violence, coercive/emotional control, orientation, sexual abuse, discrimination, anger management, pet bereavement and many more.

Who I work with and where:

I work with clients from across all age ranges, from 18 up and beyond retirement. I am committed to offering a service that is welcoming to all backgrounds in a supportive, non-discriminatory manner.

I am able to help with many mental health issues (ref the list above) and have a lot of experience in working with Domestic Abuse Survivors - whilst some have had recent DA experiences, many are struggling to cope with PTSD, depression and anxiety as a result of an abusive relationship from many years ago.

I feel very honoured to be able to say that many of my clients come from personal recommendations and I run a busy private practice, from my peaceful, private and detached from my house, Therapy Room, in Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot.

I offer in-person counselling sessions and for your safety and reassurance I am still taking COVID secure measures which include sanitising client accessible places, in between sessions, and ensuring good ventilation. 

I also offer online and telephone counselling, via Zoom (other video software is an option). I have found that clients respond very well to therapy in the familiar surroundings of their own home. They also enjoy the convenience of not having to factor in travelling times making it easier to set aside quality time for themselves.

I completed an Online & Telephone Counselling course that is mapped to BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines and accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). This enabled me to adapt my existing skill sets so I can deliver a private, confidential, safe and effective Online counselling service to all clients.

If you are unsure whether in-person or online counselling will work for you, or if you would like to meet me first to see if I am the right counsellor for you, then please get in touch. I offer a Free Initial Session so we can talk about your needs and considerations. You can contact me via email or phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Devon Counselling College)

Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner (CMP Training)

Certified Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology (HNLP) Coach

Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate (Iron Mill College)

Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor) certified

Working with Anxiety & Chronic Stress (KRD Training)

Working with PTSD & Trauma (KRD Training)

Working with Self Harm & Self Sabotage (KRD Training)

Working with Creative Interventions in Counselling

Experience:

I have worked as a counsellor for Torbay Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) and have extensive experience in working with survivors of Domestic Abuse.

I have also worked, as a volunteer counsellor for an agency providing mental wellbeing support and counselling for Carers in the local community.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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Fees

From £46.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person or online session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory session (aprx 45 mins) which will help you to determine if you feel comfortable talking to me and if I'm the right counsellor for you. It will also enable me to determine if my skills set matches your needs and give me an opportunity to explain how I work and my practice procedures.

Individual Sessions range from £55-£60 an hour depending on the time of the appointment and you can save on these if you choose to use the following block booking discounts:

- 10% discount for upfront payment of 5 pre-booked sessions

- 15% discount for up front payment of 10 pre-booked sessions.

Cancellations - Please note that at least 24 hours notice must be given to cancel a pre-booked session, otherwise payment in full will be required.

When I work

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I offer face to face and online counselling sessions from 1pm and my last evening appointment is 6:30pm. My evening appointments fill up quickly so there may be a waiting list.

Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom