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Holistic Counsellor, Adults and Young People

About me

Firstly, I would like to recognise how difficult and daunting it can be to acknowledge that you might be struggling and then moving onto the next step of reaching out for support.  That is why my hope is to make counselling less daunting and more accessible in a relaxed, calm and welcoming environment. I take an unassuming, warm and empathic approach. Building a therapeutic relationship with you is at the centre of all that I do. It is important that you feel safe enough to be able to talk about the topics that might be difficult for you to bring up.

I am a fully qualified counsellor (Adv.Dip MSc BA hons), and trained on an accredited course by the NCS (The National Counselling Society). I am an integrative counsellor, meaning that I draw from a variety of different approaches creating a holistic perspective and allowing me to support clients experiencing a wide range of different issues.

My service: I do my best to keep my fees as reasonable as possible and I also have some spaces for concessions on request. I offer a free initial consultation either by phone or in person. This allows us to start building a relationship before we fully embark on the counselling journey.

This consultation is absolutely non-committal with no pressure to continue if you don’t feel that it is right. It is important that you find the right therapist for you and are comfortable with your choice.

I work with a diverse range of clients and I also specialise in working young people.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), meaning I practice under their code of ethics and work in a transparent way.

The way I work: In my experience the most important aspect of working with clients is the therapeutic relationship that we build together. I believe this is what helps the client to feel safe, supported and heard in order for them to address the deeper reasons of what led them to come into therapy. I pride myself in being approachable, warm, open and able to build positive relationships with clients even under the most difficult of circumstances.

I work in a person-centred way and therefore we will work together to gain insight and awareness into your own life. I will offer professional and skilled support in order to address the issues that come up but also to support you to look deeper and work on aspects that perhaps might not be so obvious. Therapy can support you to look at your own patterns, dynamics in relationships, unresolved trauma and internal conflict.

I believe therapy can support you to gain a greater awareness, allowing you to make positive lifelong changes and live a happy and healthy life. I believe in giving clients that I work with hope for the future and supporting them to believe in themselves and gain control over their feelings and life.

Training, qualifications & experience

My background is working in early years education and children and families social care. As well as my counselling qualification I also have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and an MSc in Social Work. I have a wealth of practical experience over my professional career of supporting children and adults from a range of backgrounds with different presenting issues.

My most recent experience has been working for a well-known charity delivering a therapeutic service to support children, young people and their carers experiencing trauma as a result of being sexually abused. Over the years I have worked with clients who have experienced childhood abuse, trauma, loss, and family breakdown. I have been humbled by the bravery and courage shown by the children and young people I have worked with and this is what inspired me to become a counsellor.

I decided to set up my own practice as I am passionate about the work that I do and wanted to have the flexibility to be able to offer a service that could meet each client’s individual needs and make counselling accessible to as many people as possible.

I have regular supervision to support me in my work, to help develop and reflect on my practice. I am also committed to my continuing professional development.

Member organisations

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption support

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Fees

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

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Adult individual session - £45 per hour

Young people session - £45 per hour

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am flexible and can offer both day and evening sessions. My usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which includes two evenings a week.

Bishops Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

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