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About me

  These are difficult times for all of us. Everyone I speak to is feeling apprehensive and uncertain about the future-both long and short-term. The threat of illness and isolation is very real and these problems often don’t bring out the best in us. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that there are people you can talk to who are going through the same thing. It helps to share the burden with somebody or just to offload some of the negative feelings that you would otherwise carry through your day. If this applies to you please feel free to get in touch. I am available by phone or online (since face to face is currently not recommended). I understand that money is of even greater importance than usual right now and,if that is the case for you, just say so and we will find a way to overcome it. Thank you x

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained with Heartwood at Dartington Hall and have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. My training is in Gestalt Therapy which brings together many different types of therapies enabling the Therapist to work in the most appropriate way with an individual. I have worked with clients with a broad range of problems; I have counselled men going into or coming out of Prison for the Probation Service as well as people with less dramatic but equally important problems that we can all face day-to-day.
I currently volunteer part-time for SAFE (Stop abuse for everyone) which is an organisation in Exeter set up to work towards ending domestic violence and abuse. After undergoing training,I support and mentor those affected by domestic abuse.                                                              

I have recently gained a Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I studied at Safe Space for Counselling in Newton Abbot. This qualification has been awarded 'Advanced Specialist Training' status by the National Counselling Society.

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.

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Additional information

I offer a free initial session during which we will talk about what your aims and expectations are and make a plan on how to achieve these. If we decide that we would like to work together we can talk about how many sessions it would be appropriate to expect. The sessions will last an hour and cost £40 each. There are concessionary rates open to students who are doing counselling training - just email or phone and we can discuss an appropriate fee.

When I work

I have a room at The Natural Health Centre in Exeter. I am available Mon-Fri daytimes and offer some evening appts. I offer a mobile service whereby I can visit you in your own home.

Further information

Car Park within 100 yards.

Evening appointments available.

Mobile service available.

Exeter Natural Health Centre, 83/84 Queen St., Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults