- Free exploratory first session
- Sessions available daytime and evening in Exeter, Devon and Shrewsbury and Telford, Shropshire
- I offer face to face sessions in my counselling rooms depending on the Covid-19 situation - please ask
- Online and phone counselling available
- Face-to-face sessions available outside, in parkland and woodland, incorporating our relationship with the natural world ('ecotherapy')
- I also offer 'walk and talk' therapy
- Focus on managing both the immediate issues (eg high anxiety, panic attacks) while attending to the deeper issues of meaning, purpose and direction
- Experienced in working with both adults and young people
- Experience in working with issues relating to anxiety, low mood/depression, shame, trauma, grief, bereavement, cancer, body image, relationships/breakdowns and intimacy
Whether you are feeling anxious, angry, sad, ashamed, envious, lost or uncertain, my hope is that I may be able to support you and give you space to be exactly as you are.
I offer a warm, soulful, compassionate, practical & creative approach tailored to you. I aim to walk alongside you as we explore what concerns you and the dilemmas you face, supporting you to re-imagine who you are and how you deal with life’s difficulties.
"Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots" Rumi
Most clients that I see have tried lots of different ways of managing their lives, their thoughts and their feelings, in the hope that they can fix themselves and return back to life being 'normal'.
I offer what most people think of as 'therapy' - sitting together, talking, exploring thoughts and feelings, working with the parts of us that may feel vulnerable, lost, abandoned, low... and at the same time, I offer an approach that goes deeper than merely fixing the symptoms of our unease, sadness, lack of meaning and sense of disconnection.
Rather than focusing on getting rid of your 'problems', you and I will aim to make sense of them, asking what the deeper part of you may be trying to communicate as you face them. The problems may well change, or disappear, but as we turn towards this part of us, exploring the hidden valleys, the dark forests and the breathtaking mountain peaks within us, we begin to notice what is being communicated. We may find that our life naturally changes in ways that weren't expected and yet is richer, more intimate and more meaningful.
We listen together for how our anxieties, our moods, our anger, our fear, our passions (and lack of it) may be signalling to us something that we need to know. Life can feel like a rush to simply manage, to surf the waves of problems while keeping your head about the water. We may have written off our deepest yearnings and hopes as ‘pie-in-the-sky’. We may be too tired to even think about them. We can get too literal about them, and it might be helpful to listen for the whispers of our deepest self in images, dreams, stories and myths, and our body’s movements…
If we can pay attention in this way, then maybe we can re-view and re-imagine our own history and make new, fresh meaning of our lives, and choices that align with our deepest yearnings and desires.
Compassion is at the heart of my approach. Sometimes clients say that they are worried that being compassionate will make them less able to cope. Victorian attitudes about ‘tough love’ lie deep within our society, often in our families and attitudes towards school discipline and ‘being productive’. In my experience, developing the ability to be compassionate towards ourselves softens the harsh inner critic within each of us, and we find ourselves better equipped to face our reality, shaming and blaming ourselves (and others) less.
Often the work begins with finding a safe way to feel the emotions that may be present, or may be difficult to access within. We may work with paying attention to what is happening in the body and in the relationship between us, or may draw on myth, nature and the elements, story, mindfulness, self-soothing techniques, a solution focus, archetypes, ritual and/or looking through the lens of depth and soul.
I am a qualified counsellor, offering private counselling sessions to adults and young people. I have a particular interest and experience in working with grief and loss; shame; trauma; low mood/depression; anxiety; navigating change; feeling lost and lacking in purpose; and life’s transitions, whether from youth to adulthood, the quarter-life crisis, mid-life or into retirement and beyond.
As well as offering private counselling, I currently work at Force, Exeter’s cancer charity, offering counselling and support to adults and young people diagnosed with cancer, and their relatives. I have a background in training health and social care professionals and young people, particularly in the areas of sexual health, safeguarding, intimacy and sexuality. In addition to being a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am currently training to be a psychotherapist.
I see counselling and psychotherapy as an opportunity to help us to come home to ourselves, so we feel at home in our own skin, with all our worries, difficulties, joys and gifts, with all of our darkness and light – with the uniqueness of who we are.
Call or email me to take your next step
If this resonates with you, and you want to find out more, call or email me to have a free exploratory session to find out if is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling, accredited by the BACP, from Re-Vision in London. I have been offering counselling since 2014, honoured by the privilege of seeing clients who are seeking support with managing difficult situations and major life transitions such as bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, career changes and illness.
In the last two years, I have facilitated and co-facilitated workshops on 'Relationships, body image and intimacy,' 'Understanding trauma,' 'Groupwork' and 'Working with patients around sexuality and intimacy' for a range of client groups including nurses, charities and counsellors.
My most recent professional development has been attending a training on 'Taking Psychotherapy Outdoors' supporting me in offering 'ecotherapy'. Other recent professional development includes psychotherapy training on shame, psychopathology and trauma; Mental Health First Aid; and 'Solution Focused Therapy'. I am currently completing a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I don't like using the term 'disorder' unless you find it helpful. I believe that there is a lot more to understanding someone than a label that they are given, although being given a label can sometimes be experienced as a relief.
I have a couple of places available at £40 per hour for those on low incomes. These tend to be in high demand so please do ask about availability.
I generally charge £45 per hour, payable by cash at the start of each session.
I have a background in working in sexual health, in the HE sector, training professionals and young people, and management.
I also work at Force, Exeter's cancer charity, one day per week as a counsellor for people with cancer and those affected by it.