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Livonia Road
EX10 9JB

Gandy Street

07467 039 282

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About me

I became a counsellor because I care about people and want to make a positive difference to their lives. I can enable you to discover a better way of living and coping, no matter what challenges or difficulties life throws at you. I offer a free 20 minutes consultation. This allows time for you to talk about your situation, and explore whether I am the right person to support you.

"I want someone who will listen without judging"

As a warm, compassionate and experienced therapist, my focus is on my clients, listening to their problems and concerns without judgement in a supportive environment.

I offer a confidential space in which we can talk, and this means that I won't discuss the content of our work with your GP, family or workplace. Therapy works and whatever the issue, my aim is to help you find a way to bring about the constructive changes in your life you are seeking.

I have worked with clients on a broad range of issues including:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Rape, Sexual Abuse
    & Domestic Violence
  • Relationship Breakdowns
  • Loss of Confidence & Purpose
  • Retirement Issues

Successful outcomes are born out of achieving a strong relationship between client and therapist. I am passionate about the work I do, and really care about my clients.

"Telling someone felt like such a relief, I wanted to stop feeling like this"

I offer traditional "talking therapy" alongside other therapies including CBT, Mindfulness, guided visualisation, and creative exercises. I treat each client as an individual and work with their difference.

Choosing the right therapist is an important and difficult decision. Making the right choice can be daunting and feel overwhelming. Successful outcomes are achieved through forming a strong trusting relationship between you and your therapist.

I feel passionate about the work I do, and I have a proven track record of helping people become the best that they can be.

"I just didn't know what to do next"

My website provides more information about the many areas I work with, but one area I specialise in is facing Loss & Change which can be experienced in many forms including:

·        Facing a big decision

·        Relationship breakdown

·        Loss of confidence

·        Loss of purpose

·        Change in health

·        Impact of caring for someone else

·        Pre-Bereavement loss

·        Redundancy

·        Relocation

·        Retirement

·        Consequence of Ageing

·        Young person leaving home

·        Change in identity

To find out more about me and how I can help you, I offer an initial 20 minute confidential consultation at no charge. This can take place either over the telephone, via video calling or you can meet me at my private practice in Sidmouth, East Devon.

Contact me for an informal chat about what is troubling you, and together we can begin to explore ways in which you can achieve either positive change, a new way forward, or learn to live with the compassionate acceptance necessary to live your life fully.

Training, qualifications & experience

In addition to running my private practice I have worked for a number of charities and voluntary organisations.  These included a charity providing counselling for unpaid carers, and a Rape and Sexual Abuse helpline.

I currently volunteer and act as a trainer for a leading suicide prevention agency. I have also provided counselling for a bereavement charity where I worked with complicated grief.

I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist holding a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling and an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy. I have trained in both CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Solution Focused Therapy.  I am registered with both the BACP & the National Counselling Society. I am an 'Approved Therapist' registered with Anxiety UK, a certified Bereavement Support counsellor, and an accredited counselling professional with the Foundation for Infant Loss.

Since qualifying, I have extended my training through the completion of numerous Continuous Development Courses including: suicide and mental health awareness, supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, working with trauma, PTSD and flashbacks.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with


Loss and Change

Trauma, PTSD and Flashbacks

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  • Sidmouth Counselling
  • One of our counselling spaces


My standard fee is £48.00 for a counselling hour.

This consists of 60 minuytes of counselling and psychotherapy, and includes time in which to ground yourself at the beginning of the session; summarise and review our work at the end of the session, and arrange any subsequent appointments.

I also offer both online video and telephone therapy, which will last for the full hour and is charged at the standard fee rate.

Low Cost Counselling from £30.00 per hour.

I believe in providing a low cost counselling service for those on a low income, and keep a number of low cost sessions available to meet this need. If your income is derived substantially from means tested benefits, or you are a counselling student, then I am normally able to offer a reduction from my standard fee. **Unfortunately I have now closed my waiting list for these sessions.

Maps & Directions

Sidmouth, EX10 9JB
Exeter, EX4 3LS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

My comfortable practice room has a level access with level off-street parking. Please contact me if you require more information about access or have any other concerns about how I can adapt my service to meet your needs.


Flexible Hours including some evening sessions available

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