I am a warm, experienced counsellor working in private practice in the centre of Exeter. I have broad ranging experience working with both adults and young people and continue to value working with both equally. I began counselling in 2005 having been a listening volunteer with Samaritans for 10 years and and have many years experience employed as a counsellor in a local secondary school.
I am accredited and registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the counselling profession’s governing body, on whose ethical framework I base myself (which also holds strong similarities to my own principles in life). I believe strongly in a high level of training, continued professional development and regular and good quality supervision, all of which are requirements of the BACP.
I work integratively, which means that I have training, and see value, in a range of counselling approaches. This is helpful because it means I can be flexible and am able to tailor my work to that which will best meet your individual needs. I seek to create a relationship where your individuality is respected and very much valued.
It is extremely important to me to be as authentic as I can in the counselling room, offering a relationship in which you will hopefully feel deeply heard and accepted. I have an open, honest, non-judgemental approach, which allows expression and exploration. I will listen and help you to understand how past experiences, concerns about the future or issues surrounding self-confidence may affect your life now. Together we can reflect on how you respond to past or present events in your life and begin to explore the way that you relate to yourself and others. I am compassionate and dedicated in supporting you to make changes you may wish to make - but at the same time to accept and value yourself. I believe in empowering you to find the potential for growth that is innately within you. You know yourself best and, given the right environment, I believe it is possible for you to access those inner resources and begin to live life more fully.
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and emotions in a safe, confidential setting, the overall aim being to work towards living in a way which is more satisfying and resourceful.
People seek counselling for many reasons. Some are feeling depressed, anxious, having difficulties in relationships or are battling addictions they do not feel able to control. Some come because they feel sad and empty inside and others because of feelings of guilt or low self-esteem. Mostly, people seek counselling because they feel stuck, unsatisfied or lost in their lives.
Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, offer support in decision making or coping with a crisis, assist in improving relationships with others or provide a place where inner conflict can be voiced and worked through. My role, whilst always respecting your values and capacity for choice, is to help you explore whatever it is that is troubling you, and through our work together, facilitate any changes you may wish to make.
My approach is non-judgemental and aims to be empowering for you. The relationship that develops between us is a very important part of the process - being able to feel relaxed, safe and understood is central to our work. I offer a warm, accepting environment in which we can explore whatever you bring.
I appreciate that finding the right counsellor can be difficult so offer a free initial appointment. This gives you the opportunity to meet me, to see where I work and to see how it feels. This initial meeting isn't a counselling session but an opportunity for you to let me know something of what has been going on for you and why you are considering counselling. There will be ample time for you to ask questions/talk through any queries you may have and then together we will decide if counselling is right for you. If you choose to continue we can consider meeting on a regular basis. I can offer short or longer term counselling depending on your needs.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such am bound by its code of ethics. I am also registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP). This assures you of a high standard of care.