Shirley Martin - Advanced Diploma in Counselling, DipSW, BSc (med sci)

Shirley Martin -  Advanced Diploma in Counselling, DipSW, BSc (med sci)

Room DS053
Dartington Space


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About me

When you decide that you want to make changes in your life coming to counselling can be a first step towards a more satisfying future. Sometimes we need to talk with someone who can be trusted and who will try to understand. Whenever someone understands what you are going through you feel more connected.

I will help you to recognise the strengths and resources you have. As an experienced, warm, empathic practitioner I am led by what you feel is important to you, and will support you in exploring the issues you bring. Times of change can lead to us feeling anxious and out of control. When you feel listened to without judgement, in a calm and supportive space, you can take time to focus on untangling your thoughts and anxieties, and bring clarity to your feelings, making it easier to see your way forward.

What I offer

As a Humanistic integrative counsellor I am person-centred, curious about your unique experience of life. I draw from several approaches including Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. My approach is integrative, which enables me to be more flexible about how we work and how I respond to what you bring. We can explore your dreams, highlighting areas you are perhaps less aware of, which may provide new ways of looking at your situation. We can work creatively in other ways, by for example using sandtray to explore aspects of your world.

I have an interest in health and in offering support around health issues especially the challenges and isolation we can experience if there are difficulties around diagnosis. I am also experienced in working with loss and grief.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience and Training

I currently work as a counsellor in private practice, as well as for a low-cost, not for profit agency. With a colleague I have provided support and training to foster carers. I have previously worked for both social services and education as a social worker in a variety of roles, including support for parents of children experiencing behavioural difficulties in school.

I have volunteered with the alcohol and drugs service in Torquay, and before that with the Woman’s centre in Bristol. And with issues around domestic violence. I have a medical background and a continuing interest in health. I have had training in family therapy, and solution-focused therapy, as well as in child development and attachment.


      General certificate in Counselling
      Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Dartmoor Centre, Newton Abbot
      Diploma in Counselling, Plymouth University
      BSc (Med. Science), St Andrews University

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Counselling sessions are 1 hour and I charge £35.00 for a session. There are a limited number of concessions available.


Please contact me by mobile or e-mail and I will respond as soon as I am able to.

Mobile: 0750 8408 736


Further information

I am a registered member of the British Associaton for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means I work within their ethical framework and am accountable to a professional body. I also have regular supervision, personal therapy and continue to develop my knowledge and skills around counselling.

I have a therapy room on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes and work with clients longer-term or short-term, whichever suits you. The first counselling session is free and is an opportunity for us to meet and talk about how we might work together. If you decide to continue we would arrange a regular time to meet. The sessions are for an hour and usually weekly, though this can be discussed.

Maps & Directions

Totnes, TQ9 6EL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: No


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesdays Thursday afternoon Friday morning Some early evening and early morning appts available

Types of client

Older adults