Tess (Thais Lloyd), Registered MBACP, MSc, Adv Dip Counselling

Tess (Thais Lloyd), Registered MBACP, MSc, Adv Dip Counselling

Cowick Street


07493 591515

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About me

My name is Thais, but people call me Tess. I am a fully qualified counsellor, with over 15 years’ varied experience of helping people through counselling.

Being truly listened to, understood with empathy and acceptance is an experience that can help you make sense of the difficulties you are going through.

And as you deepen your understanding, you increase your awareness and create opportunities for change and for greater well-being.

My approach is to help you find what you seek, perhaps relief, clarity, or well-being, and assist you to move forward in your life in a more fulfilling way.

I offer:

  • A warm, safe, confidential space where you can explore your difficulties openly.
  • A professional, confidential and genuine relationship with me.
  • Working at your pace, respecting your goals and building on your strengths and resources.
  • Flexibility and focus to help you find ways to improve your well-being.

Working on what is difficult or hurtful won't always be easy, but I'll be by your side, open-minded, offering a safe space for reflection and growth.

To find out if I am the right person to help you, please go to my website www.silverferncounselling.co.uk or contact me by text, phone or email. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, usually within a few hours.

My Approach

I am a relational, integrative, humanistic counsellor. By relational I mean that I work to build an authentic, fully engaged connection with you. By integrative I mean that I draw from different theoretical models to tailor our sessions to your needs and personal circumstances. By humanistic I mean that through our work I will support your self-development, personal growth and well-being.

I focus on what you are experiencing at this moment, and work towards expanding your awareness and perception. I see you as the expert in your own life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional and personal experience

  • Private counsellor in Exeter and Ashburton.
  • Counsellor at Age UK Exeter.
  • Enabler and community development worker for Teignbridge Council, aiming at reducing social isolation.
  • Volunteer in a local memory café for people with dementia and their carers for 8 years.
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor for 11 years, using CBT methods, relapse prevention and motivational interviewing (Harbour Drug and Alcohol Services, Plymouth; Turning Point, Taunton; Federal University of Sao Paulo).
  • Researcher in drug and alcohol treatment in the UK (St George's Hospital, London) and in Brazil (Federal University of Sao Paulo).
  • Counsellor in Brazil for 6 years.

I also have experience of being a counselling client myself, which has greatly contributed to my personal development and my understanding of the counselling process.

I am 53 years old. I grew up in Brazil, and have been living in the UK for 20 years. I am married and have two children.

Main qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • MSc degree in Drug and Alcohol Addiction (King’s College London, 2001)
  • Psychology degree (Brazil, 1993)

Recent training

  • Day workshop on Relational Depth (Mick Cooper; Iron Mill, Exeter)
  • Day workshop on Existential Therapy (Mick Cooper; Iron Mill, Exeter)
  • Day workshop on Compassion Focussed Therapy (Mary Welford, Seale-Hayne)
  • Day workshop “Supporting clients with anxiety” (Kate Day Training, Seale-Hayne)
  • Talks at Westcountry Association for Counselling, Exeter: Couples Counselling; EFT for Trauma; Families and Grief; Art Therapy; Gestalt Therapy and Depression.
  • Talks at Ways with Words, Dartington: Mindfulness; Hoarding; Dementia; Family Secrets.
  • Limbus Lectures talks, Dartington: The Relational Brain; Embodied Attunement; Dreams.

In line with BACP requirements, I have ongoing supervision with a humanistic, integrative supervisor. I also have peer supervision.

About my work

In recent years I have worked with clients suffering with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Difficult life changes
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Abuse
  • Relationships issues
  • Family issues
  • Loneliness, social isolation
  • Loss and grief
  • Health-related stress
  • Drug addiction and alcoholism
  • Dementia
  • Being a carer, or being cared for.

I work mainly from my counselling room in Ashburton (parking available). I also offer sessions in St Thomas Health Centre, Exeter (wheelchair-accessible)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Further information

As a registered member of BACP, I abide by its code of ethics.

I have CRB/DBS clearance and I am fully insured.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Ashburton counselling room


My fees are £40, and the initial session is £20.

Concessions are available for students and for people on lower income.

If you want to find out more about me or my work, please have a look at my website www.silverferncounselling.co.uk

If you want to talk about how counselling might help you, please phone or text me on 07493 591515.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4 1HJ
Ashburton, TQ13

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Portuguese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Wheelchair-accessible counselling room in Exeter.

Types of client

Older adults