Lara Hutchings BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip. Ther. Couns, Reg.MBACP
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 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 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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 £40 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.
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.
Please see www.restorecounselling.co.uk for further details
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available during the day and also for evening and weekend appointments
Supervision & training
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.View supervision profile