You may have come to this site because you are suffering in some way. Perhaps you are depressed, anxious, heartbroken or feeling stuck or trapped. Perhaps there are issues from your past which still haunt you, but you can’t let them go. Maybe you have lost someone or something important to you, and cannot move on. Perhaps you feel you are not in control of your own life. Maybe you have tried to ask family or friends for support but, despite their best intentions, they give you advice or tell you to “be strong”, “get on with things”, “don’t complain” or tell you there are people much worse off than you, so “be grateful for what you’ve got”. Perhaps you’ve been told it’s self indulgent to focus on yourself. Or maybe you don’t have anyone to talk to at all. Do you recognise any of these issues? Do you hear yourself saying these things to yourself? Do you give yourself a hard time? Find it hard to forgive yourself or let yourself off the hook? Always put others’ needs before your own?
As an Exeter-based counsellor I have helped clients with all these issues and many more. We all encounter difficult and painful experiences in life, and sometimes they can feel overwhelming and irresolvable. At these times it can be invaluable having a supportive and caring person listening to you and helping you to understand, process, move on and grow from your experiences. I aim to create a safe space in which you can explore all your feelings and life experiences without judgement, and with a view to heal from the past, change unsatisfactory current circumstances, create a better future and become the person you were born to be. I care deeply about my clients and am fully committed to help you on this journey. This is not just a job for me, it’s a vocation.
I hope you will feel comfortable enough to get in touch and make an appointment to see me in person in Exeter. It can take a lot of courage to take that first step in contacting a counsellor: after all, you don’t know me, and yet may be revealing deep or painful things about yourself. It can take a while to build up trust, and I recognise from my own, past experiences as a client what a leap of faith it can be. To make the experience a little easier I offer the first counselling session free. This also gives you a chance to see if I’m the right person for you before making more of a commitment. I will always do my best to help you feel safe throughout the counselling process and never push you to reveal more than you’re ready to. Do give me a call on 07456 780130 if you’d like to talk first before meeting in person, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
If you would like to make an appointment you can find my contact details and how to get to my address here. Counselling sessions last one hour and cost £40. Some concessions are available for those on low incomes. The first session is free and includes a short assessment. You are under no obligation to continue if you do not feel I’m the right person for you, and in these circumstances I may also be able to refer you to someone who could be a better fit. If you would like to read a bit more about me, you can do so here. You can also read more about my style of counselling and how I work here.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and registered member (no. 298180) of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists), adhering to their ethical standards and policies. I am fully insured and receive regular supervision and Continuing Professional Development to help me support clients as best I can. I also hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.