I am a qualified counsellor having successfully completed a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also hold a Master's degree in Psychology.
I am an accredited registrant with The National Counselling Society (NCS) which means I adhere to their code of professional and ethical practice.
I have Professional Civil Liability Insurance with Howden Insurers.
Details of the NCS's ethical guidelines can be
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Counselling provides a supportive space which allows you to safely explore issues that are causing psychological and emotional distress.
It aims to promote self-awareness and bring about lasting and meaningful change through a creative process of exploration, reflection and insight.
My approach to counselling
My approach is Integrative, which means I draw on theory and techniques from a number of therapeutic approaches, allowing me to tailor your therapy in a way that meets your specific needs.
In the most part, my practice is guided by the Person-Centred approach which posits an empathic and non-judgemental approach, allowing you the space and opportunity to explore and discuss your issues in a safe and supportive way.
I also draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which can be beneficial in providing practical and short-term solutions to a variety of problems such as low mood and anxiety. CBT explores the interaction between unhelpful cycles of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, that can maintain or increase feelings of distress.
Where appropriate, I may also incorporate more creative elements such as sand-tray work.
Is counselling for you?
Approaching counselling can be a daunting prospect. People worry that their problem is not serious enough to be brought to counselling or that they will struggle to talk about issues that are deeply personal and distressing.
Others question whether counselling can be effective especially if it's a problem they've been living with for some time or if the problems feels particularly overwhelming or distressing.
Despite these concerns, many people find it a huge relief to finally talk about their issues.
My role is to listen and to guide and support you as you move through a process of self-reflection and exploration with the aim of bringing about positive change and an improved sense of wellbeing.
Whatever your problem, if it's causing you distress, counselling may be able to offer support and help.
If you'd like to book a counselling session, please contact me by email or phone. I will aim to reply to all enquiries within 24 hours.
I practice from comfortable counselling rooms conveniently located in central Exeter. My current practice hours are Saturdays, 9.00am-4.00pm.
Please note that due to social distancing guidelines, I am only offering telephone or online counselling at this time.