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

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



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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


Accredited register membership

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  • Therapy room


Students/Concessions:      £30

Individuals:                       £40

Couples:                           £60

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.

Maps & Directions

Barnstaple, EX31

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


8:00 - 8:00

Types of client

Older adults