How I Work
I am passionate about counselling and its ability to help support personal reflection and growth. I am also aware of the great courage and energy it takes to acknowledge and reach out for support. So I approach my work with clients with great respect - I am compassionate and mindful. The foundation of my practise is Person-centred with the focus on the clients unique and personal experiences and values, whilst integrating other practise models, such as CBT and Mindfulness to deepen our exploration.
My practice is situated in Exminster (and on occasion Exeter) in beautiful Devon - easily accessible with a regular bus service to the village; it is a 5/10 minutes drive from the M5/A38/A380 and 20 minutes from the centre of Exeter by car - with ample parking.
Our initial meeting will be to see how we get on and feel about working together. This is very important if we are to work together and trust one another, so the counselling process can have the best possible chance of effectiveness. I believe you will get the best outcome if you feel comfortable and trusting, so at this initial stage if you wish to get counselling elsewhere or shop around, please do - I will not be offended. Likewise, if I feel you would benefit from more specialist intervention or the work would be outside my competency I will endeavour to signpost you and/or refer you to a service better suited to help.
If working together is agreed at this initial session we will also agree our working arrangements, such as, regularity of sessions, payment method/amount, goal for therapy if there is one and whether you would like brief short term focus sessions or someting more long term.
Once we have had our initial session and are happy to work with one another your sessions will be booked at the agreed location and time.
Payment for sessions can be made by cash or card at the end of the hour. Whille payment by bank transfer needs to be in cleared funds before the session (click the 'Session Costs' link for details and amounts per session).
Once we begin working together regularly, I aim to support you through our exploration of the issues causing you distress, so that you can find the strength from within to find the best way forward.
I specialize in working to help people with low self esteem, confidence issues and generalized anxiety. However, whilst working at the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter (where I continue to volunteer one day a week) I work with a wide and varied array of issues.
I also have a professional and personal interest in the impact on the emotional, thinking and physical body our mental health creates.
Below is a list of issues I work with. If you do not see within this list the personal area of distress you currently find yourself in, do not hesitate to contact me. As mentioned I work with individuals and their own personal experiences and feelings, so regardless of the label attached to the situation, your feelings are the focus and the thing that matters the most.
Areas of counselling I work with;
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Relationship problems (Individuals)
Affairs and betrayals
Separation and divorce (Individuals)