I began my counselling training in 1999 and qualified in 2003. I have worked full time within the profession ever since. I have heaps of varied experience and qualifications. However, as much as I think that they are valuable and important, my advice to anyone looking for a therapist is that the counselling relationship is the most important element. You need to feel comfortable and safe with the person who will accompany you on your very personal journey. I am often told that people feel a connection when they work with me, that I understand their struggles. I may challenge you at times and it may be difficult, counselling often is, but I aim to make you feel safe, heard and held.
Counselling is a fantastic resource when it works well. Sadly, some people have had a very negative experience and if you are one of those people then I appreciate your bravery in looking again. I have had different counsellors over the years and the majority have been excellent, life changing in fact but there has been an occasional mis-match or bad experience. If I am not the right therapist for you, for whatever reason, I will do my best to signpost you to another service or counsellor.
Apart from missing my sand tray dreadfully (if you don't know what that is, do feel free to ask), I have been really surprised by how well online and telephone counselling has suited me and my clients. This picture shows me in my current environment and gives you an idea of what to expect. A cup of tea is my constant companion.
Please see my website www.mandycolwillcounselling.com for more information about counselling and the areas that I cover.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Supervision - 2014
- NICE Guidelines recommended Counselling for Depression - 2013
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CBT) - 2007
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - 2003
- PG Dip in Professional Studies (Counselling) - 2002
- TA 101 - 2002
- Certificate in Counselling - 1999
- City and Guilds 7307 in Teaching Adults and FE
- BA Hons in Art - 1989
I am a Founding Counsellor of a Community Interest Company that provides counselling to 31 GP surgeries in Devon.
I have previous experience of working within educational counselling services.
I enjoy working creatively and have many years experience of using sand tray therapy.
In accordance with the BACP accreditation criteria, I have continually added to my training with various counselling related courses - please see website for further details
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals - £50 per session
Supervision - £50 per hour £70 per 1 1/2 hours
My private practice hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. 9.00am - 5.00pm