Sally Mays MBACP Counsellor/Supervisor PG Dip Counselling (M) Exeter University
When day to day worries from the past or present build up in the mind, they can seem overwhelming. We all have good and bad days, but when bleak thoughts persist - sometimes invading dreams and/or making it difficult to sleep in the first place - anxiety may become entrenched and interfere with the ability to enjoy life. It is then that a trained listening ear can provide a positive first step, a way to manage thought patterns through voicing concerns, and working towards a healthier approach to life and its challenges.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and worked for many years in the field of mental health. I practise principally within a person-centred framework, but may incorporate other therapeutic principles as appropriate.
I have a particular interest in women-centred practice, and work with a warmth and empathy that aims to put clients at their ease from the first meeting. I believe it is important to go at a client's own pace, using gentle encouragement where pertinent.
If you would like to get in touch for an exploratory chat, please leave a message or text with your telephone number on my mobile 'phone. Alternatively you can email me. Whichever method you choose, I will respond promptly.
I am flexible regarding location. I use rooms in Okehampton regularly, but Crediton is possible, also Exeter - or sometimes other places to suit.
I am also a trained and practising counselling supervisor - see separate profile on this site.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked for many years in mental health organisations, managing services in the South West region. I later worked as a Practice Teacher/Assessor, and external Practice Learning Manager, on Plymouth University's 3 year social work BSc course, and the 2 year Masters in Social Work.
From 2006 onwards until 2014 I worked solely as a Practice Teacher/Assessor in social work on undergraduate and MA Programmes at Plymouth. Prior to the Practice Teaching Award becoming incorporated into a Masters Course (in 2008), I was a trainer and an Assessor/Mentor for others hoping to qualify for the Award.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). The skills of counselling and supervision were both needed and employed throughout my time working in mental health, as they were during diverse roles related to the management of student placements, where regular supervision was part of the process. I have also worked in a private capacity at various points in my career, offering external supervision as well as counselling. While I practise from a person centred/humanistic perspective, I incorporate other therapeutic principles where helpful and appropriate.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling (M - Masters Level) Exeter University 1990
- Certificate in Humanities, Exeter University 1995
- Certificate in Supervision, International Institute for Counselling and Personal Development, Plymouth 1996
- BA (Hons) English and Drama, Exeter University, 1998
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Plymouth University, 2002
- Practice Teaching Award, Social Work (Far South West Practice Learning Consortium in partnership with Plymouth University) 2002
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£45 per hour, some concessions
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Conversational French|
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am qualified in, and have diverse experience of providing supervision.