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MA Cantab, MBACP (Accred), Counselling and Supervision.

About me

Hello and thanks for checking out my profile.

You may be finding things difficult for a whole range of reasons right now.  Counselling can help you to make sense of things and work out a way forward that suits you. I offer a friendly and down to earth service that puts you at the centre.

What I offer you.

We use the sessions to explore whatever you want, whether that is issues from the past, difficulties in the present, or concerns about the future. Often all three can be linked. We work at your pace, with your agenda: I see you as your own best expert. I will support you as you make the journey your own way.

I have worked successfully with a range of clients and issues, including anxiety and depression, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, addiction, compulsive behaviour, anger and rage, childhood issues and life transitions. I enjoy working with all adults regardless of age, disability or sexuality–if we can make a connection we can work together.

I also offer sessions in Voice Dialogue. This is a way of connecting with, and speaking from, the many parts that make up the whole of a person. Think of your roles: professional, parenting, partner, capable, responsible, demanding, vulnerable, angry, sad, judging, self-critical, expressive, withdrawing etc. Any of these can be to the fore at different times and by accessing and speaking from these parts, greater insight and freedom of choice can be realised.

There is also the option of outdoor sessions based on private land near Honiton in East Devon. These sessions offer an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with the natural world and explore what your encounter with nature can tell you about your life.

My phone number is confidential and dedicated to my counselling service. Please, do call, e-mail or text me and I will get back to you promptly.

Please see my website for my privacy policy. www.ottercounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

My core training is integrative and draws on CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic models and is centred on the importance of human relationship.

  • Professional Diploma Supervision, Dartmoor Counselling Centre 
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Network CIC 
  • Post Qualifying Diploma; Counselling Children and Adolescents, Iron Mill Institute, Exeter, 
  • Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling; Iron Mill Institute, Exeter, BACP Accredited 
  • Transformational Psychology training: a Psycho-spiritual approach working with aspects of self (sub-personalities) using Voice Dialogue 

Experience

  • 15 years in Private Practice
  • Sessional Counsellor, University of Exeter Wellbeing Services
  • Agency counsellor for people living with HIV.
  • Experience as a counsellor working in NHS doctors surgeries.
  • Associate tutor for Voice Dialogue trainings (working with sub-personalities).
  • Prison based delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offender training programme.
  • Experience with Rites of Passage ceremonies and Way of Council practice as a method for reconnecting with nature and balancing modern life.
  • I set up and ran a school counselling service and counselled at an agency supporting young people aged 12-25, as well as running personal development courses for young people with the Prince’s Trust.
  • 8 years experience as a tutor on counselling diploma training courses.
  • More than 10 years experience working as a journalist for the BBC

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Sessions last for an hour and are charged at £60.00 payable at the end of the session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Spaces on Tuesday in Honiton, ask about other times.

Further information

I work to the BACP ethical framework and all my work is supervised. I undertake regular continuing professional development and maintain a healthy work/life balance. I enjoy being outdoors, sea swimming  and tai chi.

Well-Being Devon, 193 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1LQ

Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Face to Face, online and outdoor therapy

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

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