Lucy Perkins - Dip-Couns. MNCS (ACCRED) My pronouns are she / her.
A very warm welcome to Lucy Perkins Counselling.
DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME OF COVID-19 I AM OFFERING ONLINE COUNSELLING ONLY, ACROSS THE UK. I WILL UPDATE REGARDING WHEN I RETURN TO FACE TO FACE WORK AGAIN, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A STRONGER PREFERENCE FOR THIS.
I am a fully qualified and registered counsellor with a private practice in Exeter, Devon. I work primarily with the Person Centred approach, our sessions our led by you and we go your pace.
I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society and work within this ethical framework. https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/
Having also worked in mental health for the NHS since 2008, I have several years’ experience supporting people struggling at different times in their lives and walking alongside those working towards achieving their goals.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a process between two people where you may explore anything that is causing you worry, distress, discomfort or confusion. We can work together on a wide spectrum of challenging areas including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, gender dysphoria, LGBT related issues, bereavement and loss, relationship/family issues, anger, addiction, work related stress, loneliness and self-esteem, to name but a few. I offer a supportive, safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to talk through any concerns or issues you may be experiencing either in the present, or from the past. I work with the Person-Centred / Humanistic model, which means that my approach is non-directive, I won’t tell you what to do, or offer ‘advice’. You are your own expert and my role is to empower you to discover the solutions to the difficulties you’re experiencing, by getting alongside you on your journey and helping you explore your world to find solutions and clarity.
I have extensive experience working with eating disorders and self-harm behaviours and can offer Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) alongside Humanistic counselling. RO-DBT is similar to standard DBT and focuses on working with the emotions and behaviours of those suffering with eating disorders and/or self injury.
Additionally, I have training and experience working with Gender Identity and Dysphoria and am able to offer emotional support for those experiencing gender incongruence/questioning, or their loved ones.
Our face to face sessions take place in a private, tranquil and comfortable space in central Exeter. We can be flexible about when we meet and we may get together weekly or fortnightly. My approach is relaxed and supportive and I will hold the utmost respect for your autonomy at all times.
WORKING ONLINE: Our video sessions take place using the platform Zoom.
Deciding to seek some support is a big step and finding the right counsellor for you is really important, so please feel free to get in touch, or make an appointment for a free of charge initial consultation (30mins) so that you can decide if I’m the right person for you to work with. This can provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for me to explain a little more about how I work and what I can offer. You may prefer to have this conversation via telephone, which is absolutely fine.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (National Counselling Society)
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (National Hypnotherapy Society)
- Certificate in Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - (NHS)
- Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy / CBT - (Iron Mill Institute)
- Specialist certificates in working with Gender Identity (WEGIC)
- Specialist training in working with trauma and DID - PODS
I have several years' experience facilitating both RO-DBT and psycho-dynamic group work, including Mindfulness
I spent a year working with the homelessness charity Crisis in 2006.
I also have experience in developing and providing training workshops for counsellors working with eating disorders.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer individual sessions for people aged 18 +. My fees are £45.00 for 1 hour and £60.00 for 1.5 hours. I have limited availability to offer concessional rates for counselling trainees and those experiencing financial constraints, please do contact me for an informal chat to discuss this further.