Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in Exeter and Honiton
As a BACP Senior-Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Supervisor and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, I offer counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and EMDR in Exeter and Honiton. I have experience of working with the following issues, amongst others, (in alphabetical order):
We all face challenges at various times in life. These may prevent our growth or throw us back into ways of behaving that don't seem true to ourselves. I am trained to help you remove blocks to growth and fulfilment as we work together to your agenda. Counselling can be a therapeutic and empowering experience in which you will let go of memories, beliefs and behaviours that do not serve you and discover and use your inner resources, experiment and develop new ways of coping and being in the world.
Why choose me as your counsellor
An assessment process will form part of the initial sessions of therapy, during which time we will discuss your preferences, goals, symptoms, history and current circumstances. Together we will determine as best we can an approach to take to meet your goals. This will be reviewed regularly and adjusted accordingly. If necessary, I have colleagues to whom I can refer clients for other forms of therapy.
Although I will be active in the therapy, as client so will you be. One of my favourite quotes regarding how (in particular) longer-term, in-depth psychotherapy works comes from Ron Kurtz in Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method Updated Edition, p. 25:
"Psychotherapy is healing and healing only happens to living organisms.
You can fix a car or a bookcase, you can repair a television set or a computer--
but you don't heal them. And they don't heal themselves. Only living systems heal;
they don't get fixed or repaired or anything like that. An MD can set a fracture,
but he cannot heal it. He must wait and see if it will heal. He can help, but he cannot heal.
Healing is an act of self-recreation. One being cannot heal another.
The other can only help or hinder. The organicity principle places the locus of healing
and control within the client and the client-therapist relationship. The client's growth
and unfolding, his or her answers and resolutions, completions and new directions,
are all within. The therapist is there to help manage the process through which the
client goes there and gets them."
Also, part of my role as a psychotherapist is to make myself obsolete as I assist clients to self-heal and find their own inner resources for therapy and for life beyond therapy. If this is of interest, you might like to read a short reflective article I wrote which was published in Therapy Today, April 2010, pp. 30-31, called DIY Therapy.
The place - Topsham, Exeter
I meet clients, by arrangement only, in Topsham at The Topsham Pharmacy, 18 Fore Street, Topsham, Devon EX3 0HE. The premises has no parking of its own but there are car parks close by as well as on-street parking on Fore Street. On arrival, please enter the pharmacy and go into the corridor to the right (which joins the two parts of the pharmacy) and take this to the back of the building (your left) where you will find stairs (on the right) up to the waiting area.
The premises is served by buses (eg number 57) and a regular train service from Exeter. It is only a walk of about 5 or 10 minutes from the train station or bus stop. The train line is the main Barnstaple to Exmouth line and Paignton to Exmouth line.
Session times in Topsham are Wednesdays and Thursdays - both FULL.
The place - Honiton
I also see clients in Honiton where the premises has free parking and is very close to the first Honiton exit off the A30 and a short walk from Honiton train station.
Sessions in Honiton take place on Monday afternoons and Fridays - currently there is no availability.
Currently, my standard charges range from £50 to £65 per hour for working with an individual. I accept cash or cheques (sorry, no cards) for face-to-face work and bank transfer otherwise. For payment by a third-party, please enquire as the charges may be adjusted to cover administration and invoicing charges.
Ethical practice and professional conduct
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure. A new Ethical Framework was formally adopted on 1st July 2018 and can be found online here. To review or act on the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure, please click here to begin that process.
Counselling Plus offers counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and EMDR in Topsham (EX3) and Honiton (EX14), Devon within easy reach of Exmouth, Topsham, Cranbrook, Pinhoe, Whimple, Feniton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Sidmouth.
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