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About me

I am a deeply compassionate, understanding and professional therapist.  A Registered Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society.  I have many years experience of working with people with wide ranging difficulties, both as a Counsellor and in my previous long term career in the Police Service.  I have particular experience and understanding of working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress, low self esteem and confidence, workplace and relationship difficulties.

We all need or would benefit from counselling at various times in our lives, for many different reasons. Counselling enables us to be heard and valued, to work through the difficulties we are experiencing and helps us to find solutions and coping strategies.  This enables us to live a more fulfilled and happier life, where we can begin to value and believe in ourselves and change the patterns we have become stuck in.

I offer a safe, supportive, respectful and non judgemental space for you to be able to explore your own experiences and difficulties. I have trained in a number of theoretical approaches including Person Centred, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), incorporating Mindfulness, nature and creative techniques to help you explore the struggles you are facing.

I work with anyone who is 18 or over, practicing in comfortable surroundings on the 3 floor of 5 Barnfield Crescent in the Southernhay area of Central Exeter.  In addition I also offer walk and talk therapy in a rural setting on the outskirts of Exeter.  This can be of benefit to those who find it difficult to explore feelings and experiences in the confines of a therapy room or feel more comfortable out in the resources that nature provides, or you might like to gain confidence in venturing into the countryside for your own mental and physical wellbeing.  I also offer Video Link and Phone call appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qualifications:

  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Other Relevant Training

  • Working With Grief and Loss
  • Working With Clients Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse
  • Mindfulness
  • Energy Management
  • Somatic Resourcing
  • Nature Therapy
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sand Tray
  • Dissociation

I am committed to my Personal and Professional Development and regularly attend training courses and workshops to enable me to provide all I can for my clients.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have many years experience of working with a wide range of people.  I have particular understanding and experience of working with anxiety, stress and depression related issues, low self esteem/confidence, workplace difficulties and relationship struggles. This can be for many different reasons, as a result of traumatic events or experiences past or present,  from unmet needs and confusion from childhood, from a build up of negative experiences which have left you feeling overwhelmed and struggling with the stresses and strains of modern day life. I can help you work through these difficulties and to find appropriate coping strategies to make positive changes to your life.

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From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I welcome telephone enquiries, e mails and text messages, I understand how difficult it can be to find a Counsellor that is right for you and often a phone call or e mail can help you with that process.  I offer a free initial 20/30 minute meeting either in person, video link or phone call so that you can meet me and decide if I am the right therapist for you.

Thereafter my fees are £50 for hourly appointments.  I offer a number of concessionary spaces, for clients on low income and students at £45 or £40 an hour, dependant on what you can afford, please ask about my availability.  I offer long and short term therapy dependent on your needs. From experience weekly counselling sessions are very beneficial, however I understand that this is not always possible, we can work around your needs and requirements.

I practice in Exeter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays offering face to face, video link and phone call appointments.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer face to face, video link and phone call appointments in Exeter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Further information

Professional Experience:

  • Private Counsellor in Exeter.
  • Volunteer Counsellor at the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter for 2 years.
  • Volunteer in a residential care home offering additional support and companionship.
  • Over 20 years of working in the Police Service, working with a variety of people from all walks of life, often facing very challenging situations.

Member Organisations:

National Counselling Society (NCS)
As an Accredited Registered Member of NCS, I work within its ethical framework which ensures that I work safely and ethically.

I have Full Professional Liability Insurance and have DBS Clearance.

Room 4, 3rd floor, 5 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

For face to face sessions I am unfortunately unable to provide accessibility for wheelchair users or limited mobility as my practice room is situated on the 3nd floor. I do offer video link and phone call sessions.

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