Hello and welcome I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered mental health professional (member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I offer a relational counselling service for adults of all ages; face to face in the South Devon close to Totnes and Torbay. If you live further away then by telephone or online video call.
When you are feeling low, lost, stressed, anxious, depressed or experiencing relationship issues talking to a counsellor can really make a difference. Help with these difficulties can be achieved by a process of self-exploration within a safely held, honest, predictable and trusting counselling relationship.
What is it like working with me?
I understand that deciding to see a counsellor can be a difficult process. You might be feeling uneasy, vulnerable, confused or overwhelmed I’m sensitive and easy to talk to and will listen closely to your needs focusing on the relationship between us.
In our relationship, I will provide warmth, openness, empathy, trust and sensitivity. With these qualities, it is always my intention to hold a safe space for you to explore your inner experience without judgement and create the potential for you to feel more at ease.
Please feel welcome to get in touch with me to discuss any queries you may have about counselling or mentoring with me. I am happy to arrange a one-hour reduced fee (£20) introductory session in my peaceful room in South Devon close to Totnes and Torbay. This can help you to get a feel for whether I might be the right therapist for you and gives you an opportunity to ask me any questions. It also allows me to understand your needs and issues more thoroughly and to see if my approach is appropriate for you.
If we feel that we can work together then we can arrange to talk on a more regular basis ideally weekly each session lasting for one-hour and costing £45. I have a limited number of concessionary spaces.
My areas of experience
I am experienced in counselling adults from all walks of life and have particular experience working with parents, carers and young adults. I have a specialist expertise in working with highly sensitive people (HSP) and parents of highly sensitive children (HSC) and have been the primary carer for my two daughters since 2007. I have also worked as a counsellor for Counselling for Carers Charity in the areas of Totnes, Newton Abbot, Exeter and South Torbay areas of Devon since 2017.
As a farmer’s son who has previously worked for the National Farmers Union (NFU) and studied agriculture at Harper Adams Agricultural College I also have a special interest in supporting the mental health of farmers, farmers sons and farm workers.
I am experienced at working with adults of all genders and from all walks of life. In addition I have specialist experience with:
Where I work
I work in the village of Stoke Gabriel near Totnes and Torbay in South Devon which is conveniently situated for access from Totnes, Torbay, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth, Kingswear and Newton Abbot. The postcode is TQ9 6SL. Free parking is available in a private car park.
I have found that people like the location because it is peaceful, private and convenient but also away from their home area so they don’t have to worry about bumping into anyone they know. It can really help to have a sense of privacy when coming for counselling.
My counselling room is set in a peaceful and open rural location surrounded by large trees and lawned gardens. Stoke Gabriel is an idyllic South Devon village close to Totnes and Torbay right beside the River Dart which is the perfect place to take a walk and collect your thoughts before or after a session.
For those further afield I offer telephone or secure online video counselling.
Training and Qualifications
- Certificate in Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter, Devon.
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited), Iron Mill College, Exeter, Devon.
- BACP Registered Member 377147. I aspire to follow the BACP Ethical Framework, a copy of which is available online www.bacp.co.uk
- Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Mindfullness-Based Cognitive Therapy, The Sharpham Trust, Totnes, South Devon.
- Psychotherapy and The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) licensed counsellor with Dr Elaine Aron founder and author of The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and The Highly Sensitive Child (HSC). Also listed on Elaine’s Highly Sensitive Person website as a resource for parents of HSCs. https://hsperson.com/resources/for-parents-of-hsps/
Fees & booking
All sessions last for one hour unless we have previously arranged otherwise.
I have a limited number of concessionary spaces please contact me for more details.
Payment is by cash or card at the beginning or end of a session whichever you prefer.