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Dip-Couns. MNCS (ACCRED) My pronouns are she / her

About me

A very warm welcome to Lucy Perkins Counselling.

DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME OF COVID-19 I AM OFFERING ONLINE COUNSELLING,  ACROSS THE UK.  

I am a fully qualified and registered counsellor with a private practice in South 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/

I am a proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Having also worked in mental health for the NHS since 2008, I have many years’ experience supporting people struggling at different times in their lives and walking alongside those seeking change, clarity and contentment.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a process where you can explore anything that is causing you worry, distress, discomfort or confusion.  Life can be very challenging, even overwhleming, and sometimes we need a break; a space that is just for us, away from daily distractions and resonsibilities, where how we feel and what we think, can be shared in a safe environment.

I work with several areas of hurt and confusion including depression,  anxiety, eating disorders,  gender identity ,  loss,  relationship/family issues,  anger,  stress, loneliness and self-esteem, to name just a few.  I offer a supportive, confidential and private space to talk through your experiences. 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 find whatever it may be that you're seeking, by getting alongside you and helping you explore your world to find clarity, understanding or solution.

I have extensive experience working with eating disorders and self injury 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 self destructive patterns.  RO can be particulary helpful for those living with anorexia nervosa.

Additionally, I have several years training and experience working with gender identity and am able to offer emotional and practical support to those experiencing gender incongruence/questioning, or their loved ones.

I also contract for CDS-UK, a specialist charity that supports people living with dissociative disorders and complex trauma.

Our face to face sessions take place in a private, tranquil and comfortable space. 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. You are in control of your path.

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, informal initial consultation (20mins) so that you can decide if I’m the right person for you to work with. This gives us the opportunity to meet,  for you 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 over the phone, 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 dissociative disorders - CDS-UK / 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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National Counselling Society

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer individual sessions for people aged 18 +. My fees are £45.00 for 1 hour.  I have limited availability to offer concessional rates for counselling trainees and for refugees. Please do contact me for an informal chat to discuss this further.

Exeter, Devon, EX1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

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