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Vanessa Hartshorn Dip.Couns MBACP Counsellor for Adults 18 yrs +

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31
07496899428 07496899428

About me

Hi my name is Vanessa, I am a professional, qualified Integrative counsellor, based in Barnstaple offering a friendly and supportive space to explore your concerns. I have experience working with adults in both individual and group sessions. Asking for this support is the first step forward when life can seem a bit overwhelming.

I am interested in what I can offer for you and providing the safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore any concerns and provide the support and share knowledge to help unravel some of life’s challenges.

Together we will be able to work to increase your self-awareness and reinstate a greater sense of control. I am an Integrative Therapist which means that I use my knowledge of a number of different theoretical models to find the tools to help you and provide the right support needed, personalising it for you.

I work in private practice as well as being a senior counsellor at Clarity which is a Barnstaple based mental health charity. I have experience working with a wide range of adult clients, aged 18+, and mental health issues from a basic need of self-exploration, anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, depression, trauma and historical abuse. I offer both short and longer-term therapy to suit your needs.

I am a registered member of the BACP which is the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. As a Member of the BACP I work within their ethical framework and am fully committed to my own continual professional development by regularly undertaking additional training courses to enhance my therapeutic work.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • DBS checked
  • 1 to 1 counselling at Clarity, Group counsellor and facilitator

Additional certificates in:

  • Mindfulness to work effectively with Depression, Anxiety and Trauma
  • Understanding Mental Health Medications
  • Using Creative Methods to Enhance the Counselling Process

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Individuals:                       £40

Couples:                           £60

Concessions offered for

  • Students


8:00 - 8:00

Further information

If I am unable to take your call please leave a message with your name, telephone number and whether it is appropriate for me to call you back or leave a message. If requested I will endeavour to return your call in a time framework you suggest.

It may feel incredibly difficult to pick up the phone and make the first appointment. I am more than happy to receive an email so that we can take those first steps towards making an initial appointment.

Being located in Barnstaple town centre provides a number of easily accessible pay and display car parks (e.g. Queen Street, Bear Street, Cattle Market and Tuly Street) and within a short walking distance to the Barnstaple town bus station.


Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The counselling room is located on the first floor accessed via a flight of stairs, no lift provided.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


Vanessa Hartshorn Dip.Couns MBACP Counsellor for Adults 18 yrs +

Vanessa Hartshorn Dip.Couns MBACP Counsellor for Adults 18 yrs +