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About me

I believe we are born to grow – not just physically, but for our whole selves to develop into our potential. Things happen in life – past events or current circumstances – that affect us and seem to get in the way of us moving on with our lives.

By drawing on different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, I offer gentle ways of working with these things so they are no longer such large obstacles. I like to call it ‘tilling the earth to prepare the ground for green shoots of new growth’.

Whether you are looking for shorter term counselling or longer term psychotherapy (or perhaps you’re not sure!), come along and meet me for a free introductory chat about how I can support you on your journey.

Feedback from recent clients include:

“One of the most productive experiences I’ve had. I can’t thank you enough.”

N from Torquay

“Justin provided a very safe, nurturing space in which I could explore my current situation and historic issues.”

C from Paignton

"I would 100% come back."

K from Torquay

"A safe place to release the negativity caused by the emotional trauma. A safe place to process my confused emotions and thoughts.”

J from Totnes

“I really appreciated your approach to me as a person.”

A from Torquay

"Justin is a very approachable therapist."

"Justin made me feel comfortable immediately and helped me make steps forward each week."

R from Teignmouth

"A safe space was provided."

"I felt very at ease and able to develop a relationship with Justin, something I struggled to achieve with other therapists."

C from Torquay

"I feel a lot better now and feel more positive about my future."

D from Brixham

“Justin’s approach is always caring and kind and full of grace.”

L from Torquay

“Always professional but also kind and gentle…exactly the approach I needed”

“Following my sessions I feel stronger, more resilient and positive about the future”

C from Paignton

“Most helpful was your continuous goodwill and caring relationship.”

S from Torquay

“You helped me process and navigate through an extremely painful and damaging period of my life.”

J from Totnes

"Justin was able to give a clearer understanding of what I needed to do to help myself and offered a range of resources that would be useful going forward."

L from Torquay

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for over 27 years in the caring professions, mainly developing support services in the charity sector. This includes starting and overseeing a counselling service of over 50 counsellors.

My formal studies have resulted in:

  • BSc (Hons) degree
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Post qualifying Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Post graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
  • Post graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

In addition, my continuing professional development training has covered topics such as:

  • Working online
  • Sand tray therapy
  • Loss and significant change
  • Trauma
  • Narcissism
  • Addiction
  • Mindfulness
  • Existential therapy

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


£35.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

I reserve a limited number of sessions at a reduced fee for people on means tested benefits.

Further information

Here’s the jargon-y bit for people who are interested and for students of counselling / psychotherapy: I am an integrative therapist – more influenced by person-centred, psychosynthesis, and focusing oriented psychotherapy than other theoretical approaches.

I operate from my permanent therapy premises in Torquay.

If you would like to meet me in my premises for a free, no obligation, introductory session, please call me or email to arrange a convenient time.

Torquay, Devon, TQ2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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