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19th October 2017 
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Why a Counsellor?

You may be looking for some help to deal with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, difficulties in your workplace or with relationships or perhaps to help support you through a loss.

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

Having gained experience as an NHS counsellor and also 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 worked as a counsellor 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, Validium and others as an affiliate counsellor.



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What is counselling?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has defined 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 as a Person Centred counsellor 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
  • Problems with relationships
  • 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?

  • Make sense of where you are
  • 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 options and optimism

    .....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.



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

    If you have been living with unhappiness, stress or depression and are looking for a counsellor in Torquay, Dartmouth 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.

    Counselling sessions can be arranged at:

    The Chelston Centre in Chelston, Torquay (serving both Torquay and Paignton) most week days and evenings or Saturday mornings, should that suit you better, at The Flavel Centre in Dartmouth and I also have access to a therapy room at the The Arcturus Clinic in Totnes.

    I currently work with Hammet Street Consultants, The Priory Group, Aviva and Validium as a counselling affiliate, please contact me for further details.

    I also provide sessions by SKYPE, both for those living in the UK and for Ex Pats.


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