Vanessa Hammond

Vanessa Hammond


07791018753 / 07791 018753

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07791018753 / 07791 018753

About me

As an accredited therapist, I can provide a regular time and space for you to talk about your troubles and explore difficult feelings in an environment that is dependable, confidential and free from intrusion. I will respect your viewpoint while supporting you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships, or develop easier ways of living. We may explore what might be holding you back and discover ways of being that are more in tune with what you need. You might see this as a journey with me alongside you.

Despite the name, counsellors and coaches don’t usually offer advice. Instead, they help you to gain insight and awareness into your feelings and behaviour and from there to change your behaviour or perspectives, if you wish.

Sessions usually take place once a week. Making this regular commitment to work together gives you a better chance of finding out why you are having difficulties.

How will therapy make me feel?

Therapy is a very personal process. Generally counselling is about you becoming more aware of all of your feelings including the uncomfortable ones, so sometimes it is helpful to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions.

I offer a free 30 minute consultation for us to meet and ensure we think we can work together.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Since completing a degree, I have over 20 years' experience in various roles as an English teacher in Colombia, a Spanish Teacher, Employment Facilitator, Careers Adviser, Carer for a terminally ill family member, Counsellor, Coach and Hypnotherapist. I find it rewarding to work closely with individuals on various health and emotional issues to promote their well being and achieve their goals.

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Registered / Accredited


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I offer a free 30 minute consultation for us to meet and ensure we think we can work together.

My usual fee is £45 per session however concessions are sometimes available for those on a low income.

Further information

Vanessa’s Philosophy:

By using a blend of counselling, coaching and hypnotherapy and by being in tune with what you are feeling, you can then take time to have a choice about how you wish to respond and behave. You may even decide that you don't have the resources right now to make the changes you wish for, or you may start a process of accepting yourself as a fallible human being who does not get things right all of the time. That process of understanding may help you to live more comfortably with yourself.

I work as an ‘integrative’ counsellor, so I draw on and blend different types of therapy including Transactional Analysis and Solution Focused Techniques. All of my work is based on non-directive person-centred counselling. This means that I won’t be setting homework for you to carry out unless you want to set tasks for yourself. You will take the lead on what is discussed in each session. I respect your right to choose your own direction in life and aim to allow you to become an expert on who you are by becoming more aware of what is happening inside of you.

My aim is for you to feel safe, good enough just as you are and to enable you to take risks with the issues you would like to work on. Under these conditions of safety and understanding, you can explore your inner world so that you can reassess your choices. From there you can accept or change your perspectives and behaviours. I will offer you plenty of time to reflect and consider your choices and you may also become aware of your resilience at responding to an uncertain world. It may be that sometimes I will challenge something that you say to enable you to consider new perspectives.

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Week days, office hours.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme