It is important that you find a counsellor/therapist that you feel comfortable, confident and safe with. This needs to be right for you.
It is also important that you know you are talking to someone registered, qualified and experienced.
More than three decades ago I started my work as a mental health nurse and my interest in talking therapies.
I have studied many approaches and my belief is that one size does not fit all and it takes as long as it takes. This led to my qualifying as an integrative counsellor.
My approach is to draw on all my experience a great deal of which comes from the clients I work with. I aim to work with you as a unique individual and within a safe and trusting place together.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have training in:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Crisis and trauma
- Mentalisation Based Therapy
- Parent Adult Child
- Creative approaches - Gestalt
- Therapeutic Community
However, I continue to study and learn and integrate different theories into my practice. First and foremost I believe we are all human and have inner strength & resources. We sometimes need help to understand ourselves and find our way forward.
That's why I love the Wizard of Oz saying from the good witch ( who wasn't all good )
" You had the power all along my dear "
Frequently Asked Questions
We have a telephone conversation and or a first meeting there is no charge it's to allow you to be sure we are a good fit to work together.
There is an assessment and explanation of confidentiality, record keeping and so on. We agree times and dates, a point that we will review and the fees.
If you continue with me we use the time and space to go at your pace.
I will be curious and interested in you and give you all my attention.
It does take some courage and can be hard work.
Clients usually attend from 6 weeks to a year. Some clients have longer term therapy lasting two to three years.
WHAT WONT HAPPEN?
I will not sit in silence nodding occasionally.
I may gently challenge you, I won't push you or tell you what to do.
I won't judge you or criticise you.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN?
Well, that's as individual as you are.
People talk about a shift, a change inside and clients say it changes their lives.
Hopefully you will gain a better understanding of yourself and how to manage, cope and be more content.
Counselling is based in Therapy@GandySt Exeter City centre.
In the spring a second location near Digby in Exeter will be available primarily for counselling students or clients who cannot manage stairs.
There are many sources of NHS support that are free or low fee sessions through charities so please do explore these options with your GP.
My fees are between concession rate of £25 and £55 full cost.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call 07581202739 (please leave a message I will call you back)