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30th April 2017 
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Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor in Torquay, Dartmouth and Totnes

I am an experienced, accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) providing counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision from a practice based in Dartmouth, Torquay and Totnes, Devon.

Having gained experience as an NHS counsellor, within primary care in a GP surgery, I have a private practice and I also specialise in working with adult survivors of childhood abuse.

I have recently been working part time with the NHS IAPT Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) in Exeter, providing Counselling for Depression (CfD) and clinical supervision for their Voluntary Counselling Service, including students on placement.

I also provide supervision, both group and 1-2-1, for CentrePeace, a charity based in Paignton and am registered with Hammet Street Consultants, The Priory Group, Aviva and Validium as an affiliate counsellor.

I practice out of The Chelston Centre in Chelston, Torquay and at The Flavel Centre in Dartmouth most week days and evenings or Saturday mornings and I also have access to a therapy room in Totnes.

If you would like sessions by SKYPE, please contact me to discuss further.

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What is counselling?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) defines counselling and psychotherapy as:

"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well being."

They are both viewed as forms of "talking therapy" and the key difference between them lies in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling could be said to refer to a brief treatment that centres around current emotions and behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy usually focuses on working with clients for a longer period and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties over the longer term.

Counselling and psychotherapy both need time and a suitable place to explore the issues which are causing you problems, giving yourself space to understand them in a professional, ethical, non judgemental and safe environment with a counsellor who is qualified to give you the support you need.

I work mainly in a humanistic Person Centred way and also have some training and understanding of the philosophy, tools and techniques of the Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) counselling models, should this suit your needs.

Is any of this familiar?

  • A feeling of being stuck, or going round and round the same loop
  • Not understanding yourself or others
  • Finding yourself on a very short fuse
  • Being anxious for no reason you can see
  • Struggling to cope with loss
  • Stress, perhaps at work or at home
  • Unhappiness and depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma, or the effects on yourself and those around you of a specific event
  • Childhood experiences and relationships
  • Wanting to make some sort of change and not knowing how to go about it

    ......or just feeling overwhelmed by it all.

  • What could a counsellor and counselling help you to do?

  • Help you to make sense of where you are
  • Help you to identify the choices you have for change
  • Support you in increasing your self-awareness
  • Acquire more independence
  • Make changes in your life
  • Feel more confident and content
  • Face your future with more optimism and options

    .....take back control

    Typical subjects shared may include:

    addiction(s), anger management, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, bereavement, clinical depression, confidence, eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), living with mental health diagnosis, marriage breakdown, motivation, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), panic disorder, phobias, recovery after physical or emotional abuse, relationship issues, self-esteem, self harm, spiritual concerns, stress, suicidal thoughts and bereavement by suicide, trauma, general unhappiness and work related issues.

  • What next?

    My practice is within easy reach of Paignton, Torbay, Dartmouth, Brixham, Kingsbridge, Babbacombe, Totnes, Newton Abbott and Teignmouth in Devon.

    If you have been living with unhappiness, stress or depression and are looking for counselling in Dartmouth, Torquay or Totnes or are a counselling professional looking for a supervisor and would like to discuss any of this further, you can contact me either by phone or email using the details above.

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