Vanessa Hartshorn

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Dip.Couns MBACP Counsellor for Adults, Clinical Supervision
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SY
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I am a qualified Therapist and Clinical supervisor working in Bideford and Barnstaple. I like to provide a friendly, professional supportive space to explore your concerns. I work as an Integrative practitioner, which means that I use my knowledge of several different psychological models to personalise our work to suit you and your individual needs. 
Asking for support is the first step forward when life can seem overwhelming; low mood, anxiety, confusion, irritability, and isolation are some of the feelings we can experience when life is challenging. My work ethos is about encouraging support through increased self-awareness and a greater understanding and knowledge of mental health. 
I am interested in what I can offer you to increase your understanding of where you are now and identify specific tools to enable you to move forward.  Working together, we can increase your understanding and self-awareness leading to reinstating a greater sense of balance, and control.
I have gained a range of experience based in my private practice as well as being a senior counsellor and Clinical Lead at Clarity which is a mental health charity based in Barnstaple. My experience is working with adult clients, aged 18+ in groups and 1-2-1 sessions covering a wide range of mental health issues. I offer both short and longer-term therapy to suit your needs.

Finding the right therapist is important for the therapeutic work to be successful, it is vital that you feel comfortable with your therapist. For this reason, I offer a free initial telephone assessment, without any obligation.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)and ICO. As a Member of the BACP, I work within their ethical framework and am fully committed to my 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)
  • Diploma Professional Supervision
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • DBS checked
  • General Certificate in Online Therapy
  • 1 to 1 counselling at Clarity, Group counsellor, facilitator and Deputy Clinical Lead

Additional certificates in:

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

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My current fees are:

Individuals counselling session one hour                      £50

Clinical supervision sessions:                                         £50 per hr  £75 per 1 1/2 hrs

Trainee supervision sessions.                                          £40 per hr. £60 per 1 1/2 hrs 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

8:00 - 7:30

Evening sessions are limited please contact to discuss further

Further information

The best way to contact me is by email at please include details and the method that you would like me to use to respond either by email or phone.

Contact by telephone; 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. 

It may feel incredibly difficult to pick up the phone and make the first appointment. Please remember that it is an enquiry you are not under any obligation to begin sessions.

Westward Ho and Barnstaple, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I am a fully qualified Clinical Supervisor offering support to qualified & trainee counsellors. I provide a free, no obligation, initial consultation

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Vanessa Hartshorn
Vanessa Hartshorn