About me

My name is Nerissa Shaw and I'm pleased to offer counselling for a wide range of issues in several locations around Somerset.

Counselling is different for every person because everyone is an individual. I work in a way which means that you are at the centre of the process and you set the pace and depth of the work. I, as your counsellor, am there to walk beside you, listen to you, offer you my insights and support you as you look into the things that are causing you pain.

Counselling will help you to explore your difficulties and understand the emotions behind them. The aim of the process is to help you find ways of managing your life, perhaps by seeing things in a different way, or gaining a deeper understanding of what is happening or has happened to you.

I work largely according to a person-centred model with elements of other types of counselling as part of my system. However, your needs are always at the top of the agenda and I feel that you are often best placed to ask for what you need from the counselling process.

I have specialist experience in eating disorders and other issues around food and eating.

I offer face-to-face appointments in Ilminster as well as remotely by Zoom or phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from as well as a Bsc.(Hons) and an MA.

I also hold a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents

I have completed extra training in working with Trauma and Dissociation and specialise in working with Eating Disorders.

I teach trainee counsellors at diploma level, particularly in the areas of mental health and wellness and working with the Shadow. I am also a tutor for other types of counselling training.

I came to counselling through my own experiences in life and after working with young people as a secondary school teacher. I work with many different types of client from all walks of life and have specialist knowledge in mental health. I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work within their ethical guidelines.

I previously worked in the City of London before becoming a secondary school teacher as well as spending several years working for a charity more recently. Outside of my private practice I am the Clinical Lead for an eating disorder charity

Member organisations


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with young people and have specialist knowledge around eating disorders and other eating and food-related issues

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Additional information

£45 per session

A number of low cost appointments (concessions) are available. If you think you would benefit from counselling but cannot afford the full fee, please let me know when we first speak.


Appointments are available some weekdays and some evenings. Contact me to arrange a suitable time


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Nerissa Shaw

Nerissa Shaw