Thais Lloyd, Registered MBACP

Thais Lloyd, Registered MBACP

Cowick Street


07493 591515

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Cowick Street


07493 591515

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor with more than 20 years' experience of working with different client groups in various settings. If you want to find out more about me or my work, please have a look at this page or at my website

I work with adults of all ages at a counselling room in Cowick Street, Exeter, and in my counselling room in Ashburton. I can also go a client's home if they are unable to come to me.

I am particularly committed to making counselling accessible to older people. With the support of Age UK Exeter, I have developed a counselling service for Age UK service users in Exeter.

What I offer

The initial session is free. It will give you the opportunity to talk about what you want from counselling, and find out how I can best help you. I will offer you:

  • A warm, safe, confidential space where I'll listen to you in a non-judgemental, supportive and sensitive way.
  • A genuine, honest, professional relationship with me.
  • Openness to talk about your problems and consider how you want to move forward.
  • Working at your pace, respecting your goals and building on your strengths.
  • Flexibility and focus to help you find ways to improve your well-being.

It is very important that we develop a relationship of trust and openness, so that together we understand what is going on for you. I will listen to you with acceptance and compassion, supporting you and paying attention to what you are experiencing at this moment of your life.

We will work together to understand your situation. This may be something that started recently, or something from the past that still affects you now. We will explore your obstacles and challenges, and how you can use your resources and strengths to find a way forward.

We may sometimes use creative methods to help us understand what is going on for you. This might be done through story-telling, sand-tray, or other therapeutic methods that can help express what is sometimes difficult to express in words.

I work with clients on a number of issues, the most frequent ones being:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Bereavement
  • Loss (of independence, mobility, etc)
  • Relationships issues
  • Health-related stress
  • Loss of independence
  • Difficult life changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addiction
  • Dementia care
  • Being a carer, or being cared for.

My experience of working with people from all walks of life gives me flexibility to work in a professional way with each unique client.

I am an integrative, humanistic counsellor, which means that I draw from different theoretical models to fit the clients' needs and wishes. My main theoretical influences are the work of Carl Rogers and Gestalt therapy. These help us focus on what you are experiencing at this moment. I may also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) methods in my work, if these fit your needs and goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional 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.
  • 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).
  • Psychotherapist/counsellor in Brazil for 6 years.

Training & 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 (1993)

I am committed to my personal and professional development and I regularly take part in supervision, training and study groups.

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


The initial session is free.The cost of further sessions is £40. However, concessions are available.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4 1HJ
Ashburton, TQ13

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Older adults