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Counsellor BACP. Psychotherapist UKCP. Supervisor.

About me

Hello and welcome,  I combine many years of experience (including NHS) with a warm, and encouraging approach to supporting you to work through your difficulties.  I am available for face to face, online and phone sessions. 

To open up and talk about our difficulties, requires trust and a feeling of being at ease with the person we're with. I would seek to offer you this, and help you feel at home in my sunny, peaceful room, looking out onto tree tops.  

People tell me that I have a professional, sensitive and warmly human way of being as a therapist.  I am a professional Counsellor and Accredited Psychotherapist, with over 15 years of experience - including NHS.

My brand new therapy room, is accessible by lift, with an adjacent toilet suitable for wheelchair access.  Free visitor parking and disabled access parking spaces are available.


Making Contact with me:

  • I would like to hear from you. Please email or phone me, then we can see if meeting up together for a free introductory session would be helpful.


Helping you - drawing on a wealth of experience:

For over 15 years, my professional work has focused on supporting people's psychological health, and encompasses a breadth of experience. I have provided psychotherapy in the NHS (Torbay), worked in the field of alcohol counselling, supported Carers in the Community and worked in a psychiatric hospital for those with more complex mental health needs.


How I would approach working with you;

  • I work with sensitivity and would listen carefully as you share your experiences and respond genuinely to how you are.
  • As issues are understood more fully, you may well feel less alone with them and can find new ways of being that allow you to cope better and feel more positive.
  • I will also encourage you to listen inwardly to yourself, so that we can see more clearly what is important for you and what needs to be known. This process of listening inwards can be helpful in many ways - it can support you to make decisions in a clearer way in your life and allow you to reconnect to a fuller sense of who you really are.
  • I would purposefully focus on your strengths and resources too, which you may feel out of touch with at present. At it's heart, my approach to therapy is rooted in Mindfulness – this is the natural ability we each have to be more aware in our lives and to live as fully as possible in this present moment.


Short or Long-term support?

  • It is up to you how many sessions you need. For some people just a few sessions can help them and bring about change.
  • Others may need more sessions of longer term therapy, where childhood experiences, life patterns and deeper trauma may be explored gradually and in more depth. In longer term work, it is very common to discover that an inner sense of well being has been covered up by the need to close down, due to the impact of difficulties and disappointments that have been met in life. This may mean that you have found yourself repeating unfulfilling patterns, and perhaps feel stuck in some way. Our work together may then focus on acknowledging some of the self-protective patterns and beliefs you have about yourself, which may now restrict your connection to a fuller sense of yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience


My Experience. I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered as a professional member of the BACP and UKCP, with an MA in Psychotherapy.

I have run a busy Private Mental Health Practice providing counselling and psychotherapy in South Devon for over 10 years.  Prior to this, I worked in the NHS as a volunteer Psychotherapist and in an inner city counselling service in Bristol for people affected by addictions. I have also worked in a psychiatric hospital in Devon for those with more complex mental health needs and supported families and carers in the community. 

For over 25 years, my professional work has focused on supporting people's psychological health and encouraging improvements in their mental health.  I find this has given me real lived experience that enables me to bring a very human genuineness to how I work as a therapist and a steadfast capacity to be with people in their difficulties.

My Personal Experience. I bring a sensitivity to my work as a therapist which reflects my understanding of what it is like to be a client, how it feels to try it for the first time and the questions that may need attention before even beginning.


Through professional and personal experience I have a special interest in:

  • Depression.
  • Men's mental health.
  • Single parent issues.
  • Family relationships.
  • Bereavement
  • The transitions of women's lives
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Carer's experiences and needs

Professional Membership and Insurance
I have professional membership with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the UKCP and adhere to their ethical standards and am fully insured.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesdays 8am -6pm, Wednesdays 8am- 6pm, Thursdays 8am-6pm and Fridays: 8am-5pm.

Further information

I feel a genuine enthusiasm for this work and greatly appreciate getting to know each person and the unique personal experience they bring.

I enjoy running, gardening and being in nature.

South West Energy Centre, Business Centre, Long Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7BJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Lift access to therapy room, with wheelchair accessible toilet adjacent to my therapy room. Free accessible parking available at the rear of my room.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

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