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About me

Hello and welcome my name is Rhonda at present I work online and face to face from The Wooden Round House over looking the River Anton and from November 2021 I will also be offering online counselling from The Retreat within the North Devon/Cornwall border. 

I have been a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist for several years, working with adults and young people age 13 up either face to face or online. There may be times in life when you feel you may benefit from some professional listening support, I offer a confidential, non judgmental counselling service. Being someone who has worked within the area of wellbeing, people support, one to one work within education and within different therapeutic environments for around 30 years, counselling felt like a very natural progression for me.

Being someone who is neurodiverse having being diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia, along with living with close family members with ASD and ADHD gives  me great awareness of holding space for young people and adults whom may also be neurodiverse.
The area I am qualified in is Humanistic Gestalt Psychotherapy which is a talking therapy working with a creative form of therapy, with the awareness of seeing the individual as a whole person, working closely with your mental health, and any neurodiverse areas as well as your physical, emotional wellbeing and spiritual self. Gestalt is a German word for whole, within Gestalt Psychotherapy we will work together in reintegrating aspects of yourself to form a whole. 
Gestalt works with the here and now, often things from the past emerge as unfinished business into the present, this can naturally happen within counselling. We could work together with this unfinished business in the present, if you choose to do so. 

Having covered modules within the areas of CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic all modalities of counselling will ebb and flow into each other. 
Gestalt works very closely with the whole being connecting with you within a very embodied way. Bringing your awareness to your internal self and external field by creating space for you to become aware of your whole self and environment. At times elements of experimental creativity using tools such as sea glass, stones, art work, meditation, colour therapy, two chair work, creative writing, exploring dreams amongst many other areas which will naturally ebb and flow within the counselling room and while online. Or you may prefer to talk without experimentation. 
I will use my awareness and check in with you first before we use any creative experiments, we call this grading.

Over the years it has come to my awareness that often 50 minutes may not be enough time for a explorative counselling session, therefore I now offer longer sessions of 50 to 150 ( 2 and half hours) of retreat psychotherapeutic counselling in Devon within The Sea Retreat, which has a wonderful energy and great sea views, it is next to a super Ancient Woodlands and The North Devon Coastal Path in which once leaving the session you are welcome to have some time and space to explore. 

This session can be a one off or more often, you also have the option to add online sessions if you choose to do so. 
The Sea Retreat psychotherapy can also be intwined into your holiday break. We can discuss what works best for you. 

The Wooden Round House in Andover also offers a mixture of online and longer more explorative sessions. 

Training, qualifications & experience

In 1988 I worked on Paul Newman's Summer Camp "The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp" with terminally ill young people.
It was here I was first introduced to great team work and one to one connections such as Relaxation Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness along with Counselling Skills. This experience set me up at a very early age towards my focus in life.

Following this I studied:

1992-1994: Leeds Metropolitan University: Diploma in Higher Education Play Work including modules: Play Therapy (including a Play Therapy Placement/ Art as Therapy/Drama Therapy) Covering the importance of creative expression for both young people and adults.

1998-2002 Relaxation Therapy M.A.S.C

2000-2004 Colour Therapy: Iris International School of Colour Therapy Totnes
certificate and diploma in Colour Counselling and Colour Therapist ( including the Psychology-of Colour, Chakra Healing, Colour Vibration within and the body mind and spirit.

2004-2006 Reiki Practitioner levels 1 and 2  


2009 Level 1: Certificate in Introduction to counselling skills/ AQA/Wiltshire College

2010 Level 2: Certificate into The First steps into the Theory of Counselling/AQA/Wiltshire College

2010 to 2011: Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies/Theory and Practice/ CPCAB/Wiltshire College

2012 to 2014: Diploma in Higher Education in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling/
The University of Winchester

2012 to 2015: Workshops attended and CPD ( Continue Professional Development) 

Sand Tray Therapy/ Creative Expression/ Dream Workshop/ Mask Therapy/ Art Therapy/ Methods to work with anxiety/ What is depression? /Meditation Groups have attended and ran workshops. The Red Tent Women’s empowering and awareness groups

2013 Certificate: Weekend/ 2 days training: The Endorphin Effect/ William Bloom: Glastonbury (covering ways to release endorphins, serotonin and working with melatonin and techniques for everyday stress)

2015: Certificate: 2 days training: ASIST Training/ Suicide Intervention/PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide UK) How to work with young people and adults with suicidal ideation.

2020: Different Attachment Theories: 6 hours training: CPD: The Olive Branch Winchester 

2019: Exploring Creative Methods in Psychotherapy: CPD: 6 hours of training: The Olive Branch

2016: February to April: CPD>3 months training in Mindfulness Stress Reduction 

2021: October CPD: GIRES: Training in Gender Diversity for Primary Care Team 

2021: October: CPD: Certificate in Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy: CBT: Course Central

2022: February: CPD: Virtual College> Certification in Understanding Young Minds.

2022: February: CPD: Virtual College>Certification in Self-Harm 

Having Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and living with family members with ADHD and ASD aids me with skills and awareness of people living with Neurodivergent diagnoses (self or medical) which are naturally used within my practice. 

Member organisations


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

 I work in the "here and now" and follow what becomes figural within the counselling room, sometimes this will stay in the present or take us back to unfinished business. Some clients may like to use experiments and explore creatively and others may prefer to talk, I will work with whatever works for you.

*Clients under the Neurodiverse Umbrella 

*Having a life time genetic condition of Marfan syndrome has presented me with a natural understanding of long term health conditions. 

*Anxiety and Depression are areas which I have suffered from, I have naturally worked within these areas with others within the last few years.

*Exam pressure GCSEs, A-levels and University

*Blocks to Creativity and Self-Awareness

*Adults and Young People 

*Women empowerment and the menopause 

*Areas around Gender 

*Confidence/Self- Esteem

*Awareness/Mindfulness/Affirmations/Relaxation Releasing and Becoming present

* This new area of uncertainty which has emerged since March 2020 and Covid fallout thereafter 

*I have professional and personal experience and knowledge around all areas of recovery and addiction, alcohol, sex, co-addiction, drugs, internet.

Mental Health 

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From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Pricing  from September 2021 

I offer a free 15 to 20 minute telephone consultation.

Young People up to 22: £30 for online and face to face talking therapy for 30 minutes

Adults: 22 up £50 for 50 minutes online and face to face talking therapy.

Online counselling consists of Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp it is a similar experience to working within the therapy room. The client and counsellor can see and hear each other, this form of counselling works very closely with the counselling.

Retreat Style Psychotherapy ranges from 50 mins to 150 mins and can cost from £50 to £150 ( these are offered as one of retreat explorative psychotherapy or when required) please contact me for more information. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

7am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday 4pm to 7pm

Retreat Style Psychotherapy offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays in Devon from 50 minutes to 150 minute

Further information

I hold full Balen's Medical Insurance.

I hold a recent Uk Disclosure Certificate

Registered Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide/follow there code of Ethics and Morale qualities.

I have regular Supervision with a qualified Psychotherapist/Counselling Supervisor.

2000 to 2007 Worked within a college as a Student Learner support Assistant for 7 years, with young people and adults (both mainstream and specific learning difficulties)

2013 to 2014 Worked as a Volunteer Counsellor at Basingstoke College of Technology with young people and adults (students and staff)

2013 to 2014 Worked with adults as a Volunteer Counsellor at MIND/ Covering many areas of mental health

Present date I work as an independent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with adults and young people online and within The Wooden Round House Charlton.

The Olive branch Winchester

2019: Creative Explorative experiments in Gestalt psychotherapy

2020: Workshop of different attachment styles

Charlton, Andover, Hampshire, SP10

Bideford Bay, Bucks Cross, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5DU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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Hours of work are 7am to 2pm

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