I offer affordable integrative counselling, which helps with processing and moving forwards from loss. This would start with a free initial consultation to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Types of loss I work with and approaches I take with each
We can experience loss in many way in our lives and each will have slightly different nuances and, I believe, can be best addressed using slightly different approaches. Here are some of the types of loss I have experience helping with and how I would typically work in each of these areas:
Depression - Depression is usually the result of loss or a perception of loss. If you are feeling low in mood you may also have lost connection with your sense of self and with others around you. You’ll probably be feeling sad, or perhaps completely numb to any feeling at all. You will likely have lost your sense of pleasure in life and it might feel meaningless and lacking in direction. We would work together to help you to find your sense of purpose again and rediscover enjoyment in daily activities.
Bereavement - You may be experiencing intense feelings of grief and emotions such as sadness and/or anger. I would provide a warm and compassionate space where you can process your grief, explore the changes that may have happened in the relationships around you as a result of losing your loved one and then we would look at how you can start to move forwards in life again.
Low self-esteem - Maybe you have lost a sense of your own self-worth through bullying, family issues or other people being critical of you in the past. I can help you to develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself and learn ways to self-soothe when feeling distressed. I would also aid you to acknowledge and appreciate your own strengths.
Anxiety - I understand how feeling stressed and/or anxious over a period of time can cause you to lose your sense of presence, self-confidence and might leave you feeling awkward in social situations. Being also qualified as a Mindfulness-Based Therapist I can help you to feel more resilient and be less consumed by worries about the future. I will also work with you to rebuild your confidence in yourself and your ability to handle anxiety-provoking situations.
Relationship breakdown - The end of a relationship can bring with it a host of feelings: sadness, anger, loneliness or guilt to name a few. It may be hard to accept it’s really over or you may be struggling to adjust to the changes in support network around you. I can help you to work through the painful feelings and to feel better about yourself so that, in time, you feel ready to enter a new relationship from a centred place.
How I work as a counsellor
I can help you to progress towards overcoming any of these challenges in a sensitive and collaborative way. As an Integrative Counsellor, I tailor my approach to best suit your needs. At the heart of this I will be offering a compassionate, empathic and non-judgemental space where you can share your difficulties, express your feelings and be heard and understood. I may also draw on other relevant approaches, including creative if you would like to explore this form of counselling. A full list of the types of therapy I integrate can be found below. Above all, we will work together to find a way forward for you.
Me as an individual
Outside of work I enjoy a diverse range of interests including getting out walking in the beautiful Devon countryside, attending live music events, meditation, yoga, art and badminton.
There is lots of additional information on my website if you would like more detail about how I work: https://exetercounsellingandmindfulness.com. I also offer Mindfulness Courses and Compassionate Mind Training, details of which can also be found on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited) - Iron Mill College
- PGDip Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - University of Exeter
- PGCert Psychological Therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)) - University of Nottingham
- MSc Psychology - Nottingham Trent University
- Working with Grief and Loss
- Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life: Beyond the 8 Week Course
- Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Intermediate Level, and also specifically for Trauma
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), several short courses specifically for Shame and Self-Critical Difficulties, Depression and Anxiety, Trauma and facilitating Groups.
- Building Positivity in Depressed Clients
- OCD in Primary Care
- Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings
- Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
I have been employed in wellbeing and mental health services since 2008, mostly working with adults who have anxiety and/or depression.
Prior to commencing private practice, I volunteered as a counsellor on placement for two and a half years with a low-cost counselling service. This involved supporting clients working through difficulties such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
I have worked part-time with university students supporting their wellbeing since 2013; this role has involved delivering secular mindfulness and compassion courses and workshops, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.
I have previously facilitated stress, anxiety and depression management courses and delivered CBT techniques on a one-to-one basis for several NHS services.
In the past, I worked as a Victim Care Officer for Victim Support, volunteered for Samaritans and was a Support Worker for adults with Autism Spectrum Condition and a range of learning difficulties.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with social anxiety and shyness.
I have a substantial amount of experience providing support to university students.
I am committed to offering affordable counselling.
Each session lasts for 1 hour.
The minimum charge per session is £20 and the suggested payment is £40 but the exact amount you pay for each session between these figures is at your discretion.
I offer an initial free half hour consultation by phone or video call so you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Concessions offered for
I am fully insured, receive monthly professional supervision and adhere to the BACP ethical framework for counselling.
For further information, please see my website: https://exetercounsellingandmindfulness.com
Next steps if you would like to make contact with me:
An initial free half hour consultation can be arranged by either booking online through the form on my website, emailing me via the button at the bottom of this page or phoning 01392 531552. This consultation will give us the opportunity to talk through what you are seeking counselling for, what you would like to gain from it and how I would work with what you are bringing, to help you decide whether I would be the right counsellor for you. From there, if you are happy to book a session we can arrange a date and time. Then we would typically meet weekly, or it can be fortnightly if you prefer. We would usually review progress after 6 sessions then regularly from then onwards if you decide to continue longer term.
I look forward to hearing from you.