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About me

Sometimes we feel anxious, depressed, have low self-esteem, feel sad, have panic attacks or social anxiety.

My name is Susan, a qualified counsellor, my core approach to counselling is person centred, which means my clients are always at the heart of our sessions together. I offer kind, compassionate counselling, that allows you to tell your story, in your own words, I will listen to you with empathy, genuineness and non-judgement. 

I work with bereavement, anxiety, depression, stress, past childhood trauma, autism, older adults, low self-esteem, carers - both professional and those who care for a loved one at home. 

I am also a counsellor for the farming community scheme with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute, visit 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Member of the BACP
  • Certificate in Mindfulness for Professionals
  • Registered with the ICO for Data Protection
  • Fully Insured
  • DBS checked
  • Online & Telephone Counselling Certificate
  • CPD Understanding & Supporting Autistic Clients
  • CPD Training for Bereavement Counselling
  • Experience of working in the care sector
  • Experience of bereavement support with Families in Grief Charity
  • Contributor to research project by Lincoln University/NAS/Dogs for Good charity investigating why dogs affect autistic children and impact on the family, research published Feb 2016
  • I have over twenty years of lived experience of Autism, combined with additional continued professional development, bringing insight into living life through a different lens and I can deliver counselling that is sensitive and empathic to the needs of people with autism or their parents/carers. I also have over four years experience of working with bereavement in the charity sector, grief and loss can mean many things, the death of a loved one, loss of a relationship, job, health, pet or adjustment to a new way of life.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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


£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £45 per hour

Home visits can be arranged for those who are housebound and zoom or phone not an option. I am happy to discuss arrangements and any additional travel costs.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My working hours are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 7pm

Friday 11.00am - 8pm

Saturday 9 am - 2pm

Flexible appointment times.

Further information

As a person-centred counsellor, I put you at the heart of our sessions together, with genuine compassion, empathy and non-judgement. My training and personal philosophy allows a space for us to walk together, to share the burden of what is troubling you, to find some respite, a time to reflect and explore, be curious of self, in an environment of gentleness and calmness, that allows you to go at your own pace. 

Make choices for yourself that are based on self-love, not self-survival. Reaching out for counselling can be a hard step to take, maybe the most courageous step you may take, you are not alone.

Maybe you are bereaved, a carer, had past childhood trauma, anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or just wonder where you fit in. 


Your grief is unique to you, nobody has ever grieved like you are doing now, even members of your own family are going through a different grief. (1) There are aspects of grief that most people go through, but there can be no method that meets the unique needs of your grief, in my bereavement work every person I meet I work with in a different way, my core approach is empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard, to gently go at the pace that suits you, in a way that suits you.

Your grief may be because someone close to you has died or because you are going through other losses. Loss of a relationship, a job, health, friendship or because your pet has died, some people grieve the loss of a pet just as they would a human friend.

(1) Ref  Dr. John Wilson  

I have over twenty years lived experience of autism; counselling for those on the Autistic Spectrum needs to be delivered by someone who is sensitive to and understands the nature of autism, who can see life through a different lens. Likewise for parents, having counselling delivered by someone who is professional and experienced in what it is like bringing up a child with autism or supporting an adult family member and the loss, adjustment and altered family dynamics this brings can be helpful and empowering.

My personal experience means I can offer an empathic, non-judgemental space for you to offload, to talk, to share in a confidential space.

You can contact me by phone, text or email and we can arrange a mutually agreeable time for a free 45 minute, no obligation, consultation, to see if you feel counselling is right for you.

I look forward to your email, text or call,  Kind Regards Susan

2 Bear Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7BU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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There are two flights of stairs to my room.

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