About me

Hello, my name is Steve Merritt.

My aim is to help you with any problems you are experiencing, giving you a chance to talk and be listened to. I am not there to judge you, but to help with the issues you are experiencing in a confidential and safe environment.I appreciate that everyone is different, and one person may experience something differently from everyone else.

I offer a free initial session of 30 minutes. This gives you the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable with me, for us to decide whether or not we wish to work together as client and counsellor, and for you to explain what you want to achieve through counselling.

Some of the areas I can help you with are:
Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Careers, Child Related Issues, Depression, Disability, Emotional Distress, Financial Worries, Health Related Issues, Life Changes, Loneliness, Loss, Personal Development, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationship Difficulties, Repeating Patterns, Self-Esteem, Self Harm, Sexuality, Spirituality, and Stress.

This list is not exhaustive. If your particular problem is not listed please contact me. If I feel that I cannot help you, I will try to put you in touch with a counsellor who can.

Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for you:

Person-Centred - This approach underpins all of my work. I create a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating warmth and genuine interest, empathy and unconditional positive regard towards my clients. It is non-directive, which means that I provide a safe space for clients to talk about their problems, and help them to find their own solutions.

Psycho-Dynamic - This approach looks at the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships and to look for repeating patterns in their lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, and relaxation techniques are sometimes used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression.

I also offer visualizations, or a short Reiki treatment, to help with relaxation prior to a session if requested.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I follow their code of conduct and ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk.

I am fully covered by professional liability insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have trained with, and worked for, the CRUSE Bereavement Agency in North Devon. I have also had a wide variety of experience working at the Holsworthy Medical Centre in Devon.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

I offer a free initial session of 30 minutes. This gives you the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable with me, for us to decide whether or not we wish to work together as client and counsellor, and for you to explain what you want to achieve through counselling.

The cost of a 50 minute one-to-one counselling session is £40.
The cost of a 50 minute couples counselling session is £50.

Concessions are available for persons with a valid NHS Exemption Certificate.

If you are unable to attend for any reason please let me know as soon as possible.
If you do not give me at least 24 hours notice there will still be a charge for the session. If I cancel a session with less than 24 hours notice, your next session will be free.

18 Alma Park
Isle Of Arran
North Ayrshire
KA27 8AT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Steve Merritt

Steve Merritt