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MNCS (Accred). Adults, Children & Young People, and Couples

About me

“Because You are the One that Matters”

Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to cope with everything and reaching out for help can take a great deal of courage.

Whether one tangible issue has prompted you to pursue therapy or you are grappling with a series of existential questions – purpose, identity, faith, doubt –I will consistently and reliably join you to navigate uncharted territory as your healing begins.

I practice understanding, compassion, and warmth and aim to provide thoughtful guidance and insight, while empowering you to take meaningful steps towards greater self-worth, present-mindedness, healthier and deeper relationships, resiliency to navigate change, and conscious living so you can grow and flourish during and beyond therapy.

Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed, hopeless, lonely, confused, scared or even frustrated? Sometimes we feel like we’re stuck or are moving backwards when we want to go forwards.

I am a RE Veteran medically discharged from service and understand the difficulties in sharing thoughts and feelings. We can look at how you manage and cope with certain feelings, how you can learn to share and express them without feeling vulnerable. I offer a space for you to express what you need to in the way you need to.

One thing people worry about the most is, ‘Will this go on any permanent record if I come for therapy around depression, anxiety or other issues?’, the answer is No. Seeing a private therapist for whatever you feel you need to see one is not recorded in any medical file or the like where you worry it may impact on yours or your child’s life choices.

I work with both adults and children and have experience of working with those on the autistic spectrum.

If you are fed up with the way that you feel, see things and want something different for yourself? You don't have to face life's difficulties alone, get in touch, have a chat to see what we do and or how we can help you.

"You Do Not Have To Journey Alone"

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience, Training & Qualifications

- Volunteer Counsellor/Psychotherapist (2015 - 2019)
- Providing counselling in North Devon

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
- Counsellor & support worker (2017)
- The Historical Trauma Programme - Specialist help for survivors of childhood abuse and neglect

Open University UK
BA/BSc (hons) Open Degree - Psychology, Counselling psychology, Counselling 

- K314 - Approaches to Mental Health
- DD310 - Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy
- E219 - Psychology of Childhood and Youth
- K260 - Death and Dying
- D240 - Counselling, exploring fear & sadness

Counselling Hub (cpcab accredited)

- Certificate of Participation
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 (PC-L5)

Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy

- CIC and Safe Space for Counselling (NCS Accredited)
- Specialist Training - Professional Diploma Children and Young People

High Speed Training -

- Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) - Renewal 01/11/2022
- Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3) - Renewal 26/11/2022
- Advanced Safeguarding Adults (Level 2)
- Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Petroc College (cpcab accredited)

- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 (TC-L4)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies - Level 3 (CST-L3)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 2 (CSK-L2)
- Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills - Level 2 (ICSK-L2

The Open University

- OpenLearn - The Autistic Spectrum: From Theory to Practice - Level 2

Couples Counselling
- Couples Counselling Toolkit
- Counselling Couples with Sexual Difficulties
- Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness
- Using Emotional Focused Therapy
- Principles in Couple Work
- Working with Substance Misuse in Relationships
- Working with Loss, Grief & Bereavement
- Working with Gender & Sexual Diversity
- Working with Suicide Risk
- Working with Mental Issues
- Introducing Mindfulness to Couple Work
- Attachment Issues within an Intimate Relationship
- Introduction to Systemic Therapy
- Working with Infidelity

- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Toolkit
- Play Therapy Course
- Working with Narcissism Course
- Life Coaching Diploma Course
- Transactional Analysis Course
- Mindfulness Diploma Course
- Couples and Family Therapy Diploma Course
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Diploma Course
- Gestalt Therapy Diploma Course
- Addiction Therapy Diploma Course
- Advanced Autism Awareness Diploma

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

One area I work with a lot is with clients in and around Anxiety and Depression which are also directly connected to PTSD, CPTSD, Trauma and or Historical Trauma.

With last nights announcement (04/01/2021) of the recent Covid-19/Coronavirus updates, we will still be offering face to face, online and telephone sessions.

We are still strictly adhering to the guidance/guidelines set out by the government in order to continue face to face working in the safest way possible.

This includes sterilising all furniture, doors/handles, stair banisters and any tools used during sessions. Windows will be open slightly to allow air circulation.

There is sealed water and tissues with hospital grade hand sanitiser available in the room. Face coverings are to be worn during sessions unless exempt


From £50.00 to £90.00

Additional information


60 minute 1:1 Session £50
120 minute 1:1 session £90

Children and Young People

60 minute 1:1 Session £50 (11 - 17 years old)

Parent / Guardian of children under the age of 15 years old are required to stay on the premises while their child is in their session.


60 minute session £65

Online Video & Telephone Counselling

The above fees are required to be payed within an hour before any online or telephone appointment. Unfortunately, if the fee is not received within the hour leading up to the appointment, the session will not go ahead, and an invoice will be emailed to the client as an unattended appointment.

Military/Veterans & Emergency Services

All Military/Veterans & Emergency services personnel are discounted 10% £50 or above of the 1:1 session fees, including couples counselling via proof of ID or service discount cards please visit website for more details.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

We currently host a Veterans group on the Last Sunday of each month at 12:00-13:30.

The group is free to attend, but spaces are limited, contact - for information.

Further information

North Devon Military Veterans Mental Health & Peer Support

Toad Counselling is near the Quay allowing easy bus/taxi use, and local car parking. Refreshments (wets/brew kit) will be available, any donations welcomed.

In conjunction to the face to face group, there is a dedicated Facebook Page and a private Facebook Group setup for the members of the peer support group to join to continue their support of one another until they next meet. If you are interested in joining the veteran’s group.

Contact details can be found on our website or you can Email us at

Group Details
Issues: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and PTSD
Age: Adults

Toad Counselling Ltd, 5 Mill Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2JT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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We are on the first floor but happy to assist you up and down the stairs if this is required.

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