Kate Ferdinand. Registered Member BACP. Dip Couns
Are you looking for counselling for an issue you feel you need support with? Then I would like to help. I offer a warm, compassionate and intuitive approach which is both practical and creative. I work from accessible rooms near the centre of Exeter which are comfortable and confidential.
Counselling can support you in finding out new answers, to break away from old patterns of thinking and behaving and enable you to view your situation in a different way which can lead to change. It can help you find insight into what’s wrong and clarity to find the way forward that suits you best.
I believe that through such calm, reflective and thoughtful exploration of our lives it is possible to make changes that impact on ourselves and others for the better.
People use counselling for all sorts of reasons…
- Maybe you have been faced with unexpected events in life such as bereavement, redundancy, relationship breakdown, physical health changes, or life changes?
- Sometimes it becomes difficult to accept the situation, understand what is happening or to find a way forward and we become stuck. It is at times like these that perhaps it is hard to ask more of friends and family or it is awkward in some way to discuss how you feel with them…
- Or maybe you feel dissatisfied and don’t know why or want to make changes but don’t know how…
- Perhaps you’ve been coping alone and would like to talk to someone who is removed from your family and social life…
- Perhaps you are feeling confused or stuck in a pattern of repeated situations…..
- Perhaps your emotions such as anxiety, sadness or anger are causing difficulties in your day-to-day life and you would like to find some ways of accepting and managing them…
- Perhaps you would like to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your emotional world…
I appreciate that life is busy and that it is easy not to give ourselves time and space. Yet it is that which allows for a more effective, fulfilled and grounded you.
I offer caring, kind, non-judgemental support to help you gain a wider understanding of your feelings and thought processes and will work with you to find your best solution to the issues you are facing. Counselling with me can help you find insight into what’s wrong and clarity to find the way forward.
My interest in becoming a counsellor began many years ago due to a workplace counselling course for managers in the housing industry which confirmed for me the importance of listening, communication, compassion and empathy. It started me on a path towards qualification and a re-focusing on relationships, choices and the impact of change and loss.
For the last few years I have taught various counselling courses as an Associate Lecturer at Exeter College which I find both stimulating and rewarding.
I continuously curious about how we choose to be and react in the world and enjoy reading and learning. I am an integrative counsellor which means I will incorporate appropriate approaches or theories depending on your issues and how you experience them. The therapeutic approach underlying my initial qualification is Carl Rogers’ Person Centered Approach. Post qualification I gained a Diploma in Creative CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I believe there is no “one size fits all” as we are all individuals with our own stories and my approach to counselling you will reflect that.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative CBT.
- SAL Sexual Abuse Issues training.
- Advanced DBS.
I have been an Associate Lecturer in Counselling at Exeter College for the last few years, teaching, assessing and grading adult students many of whom have gone on to be fully qualified.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£40 an hour. Some concessions available, please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday and evening appointments available.
Types of client