Lara Hutchings

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BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip. Ther. Couns, MBACP (Accred)
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Barnstaple, Devon, EX31
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am an experienced and qualified integrative counsellor. My approach is friendly, supportive and non-judgemental. At the heart of my work I always take a person-centred approach. This is based on the idea that we all have an innate tendency towards personal growth and fulfilment. It is at times when we feel stuck that counselling can help us to regain our bearings and move forward.

I offer a safe and calm space in which I will work alongside you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Increasing awareness and taking different perspectives can enable you to discover your own inner-resources which in turn can bring about change and an improved sense of well-being.

As well as using talking therapy I also offer creative interventions, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

I offer sessions in person, online and via telephone.

I also offer Supervision to Counsellors and others in the helping professions.

The Practitioner / Supervisor relationship is a professional, collaborative and developmental partnership which helps to support and protect both Practitioner and Client.  It facilitates ethical and supported practice by offering a safe and confidential space in which the Practitioner can reflect on their practice and enhance it through increasing their understanding of themselves, their Client work and the organisational and other systems they work within.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc. Honours degree in Psychology
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    (Accredited BACP course)
  • Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy
  • Certificate in On Line and Telephone Counselling
  • Diploma in Supervision (Safe Space for Counselling)
  • TA101 - Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Iron Mill)
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
    (City and Guilds)
  • Substance Misuse and Young People (YSmart)
  • Healing from Childhood Trauma through the Therapeutic Relationship 1 and 2 (Survivers2Thrivers)
  • Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour (Life Change UK)
  • Introduction to Art Therapy (Insider Art)
  • The Hypnosis Experience For Counsellors (C J Howe)
  • Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse (ADVA)
  • Cultural Diversity and Health (NHS)
  • Working with Difference, Equality and Diversity (Devon DAAT)
  • Introduction to Mental Health (NHS, CAHMS)
  • Working with Families (NHS,CAHMS)
  • Working with Self Harm (NHS, CAHMS)

I have experience in a variety of counselling and support work roles over a number of years. At Addaction I worked with people affected by alcohol addiction and was involved in supporting the 'Relapse Prevention Group'. As a volunteer at Homestart and a counsellor at Sure Start I have worked with parents and carers of young children experiencing a wide range of difficulties.

I have had a long involvement with Young Devon as a Support Worker and Counsellor to young people aged between 12 and 25. At Young Devon I have also worked as a Young Person's Advocate and Specialist Therapeutic Support Worker. In addition I am currently supporting young people within a higher education setting in Exeter.

Throughout my career I have facilitated a range of training and workshops with groups of adults and teenagers.

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


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Your introductory session is absolutely free. This session gives you the opportunity to meet me, ask questions, and decide if you would like to continue with the counselling process. The normal cost is £50 per hour session for individuals.

I reserve two hours a week for subsidised clients so if you are on a low income please ask if any subsidised places are available.

Please contact me for more information on student rates.

When I work

Available during the day and also for evening and weekend appointments

Further information

Restore Workshops cover a range of issues and are based on therapeutic knowledge and principles.

They are available to individuals and organisations.

Workshop participants benefit from facilitators who are qualified therapists and bring with them a wide range of experience and skills.

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Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


In person

The Practitioner / Supervisor relationship is a professional, collaborative and developmental partnership which helps to support and protect both Practitioner and Client.

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Lara Hutchings
Lara Hutchings