FAQs

What is integrative counselling?
I've been taught a variety of counselling approaches and have used these to develop my own integrative philosophy.

I follow a humanistic philosophy and my approach is person centred, which uses the core conditions of empathy, non-judgement and authenticity. I'm led by my client, who I believe is the expert of themselves, and use my varied knowledge to tailor my therapy sessions to each individual.

I believe everyone has the potential for growth and change. My style is relational and collaborative. We are social and I believe we heal in relationship.

I'm particularly influenced by Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Neurobiology.

Other modalities we looked at on the course: CBT, Transpersonal, Systems Theory, Jungian and Existential Approaches.

Please don't hesitate to ask me questions about my training or style if you'd like to know more.

What tools and techniques do you use in counselling?
It all depends on the client and what works for them. Language is a powerful tool in therapy. I sometimes use timelines and genograms to help people explore their stories. If you're interested in working creatively, for example using sand tray or art (drawing), we can experiment with this.

If you are particularly interested in a style of counselling or tool, I would love to hear about this so that I can look at incorporating it into our sessions where possible. Our work is collaborative and I always welcome feedback.

What training do you have?
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I did an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Iron Mill College in Exeter, a mental health and wellbeing college. I did the Bereavement Foundation Course with bereavement charity Cruse.

As a member of the BACP, I am committed to Continued Professional Development. I have undertaken courses in Drug Treatment for Mood Disorders, Online and Telephone Working, Managing Disclosures of Abuse, TA 101. I recently gained a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

What areas do you work in?
I work with an array of issues. Many of my clients want to improve their relationship with themselves.

Some of the areas I work in:

  • low self worth
  • life transitions, such as post natal or menopause
  • relationship difficulties
  • women's issues
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • complex PTSD
  • trauma
  • abuse
  • boarding school trauma
  • burn out and stress
  • shame
  • neurodivergence

I am interested in neurodiversity and recently completed a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

I can help you:

  • find your voice
  • process difficult emotions
  • work towards healthier relationships
  • help you feel more in control of your feelings and your response to stress
  • navigate difficult life transitions so that you feel more anchored and sure of yourself
  • find your authentic self
  • empower you to trust and believe in yourself
  • build self-compassion.

Sometimes counselling can help people feel less alone. Some people see therapy as a gym for their mind and a way to get clarity on things.

How many sessions will I need?
This is dependent on you. Some people want to focus on a specific issue or challenge and might like to plan a number of sessions to focus on this. Other people may want to take longer to explore more complex issues and trauma. We will discuss this at the beginning of our work together and I will regularly check in and review this with you. You own the decision around this and what you want to get out of therapy.

Can I meet you before our first session?
I can offer a free 15-minute online consultation before our first session.

How do I pay you?
You can pay by BACs transfer at least 24 hours before our session starts. I try to avoid cash payments but will accommodate this if necessary.

Why do you have a sliding scale payment system?
I was inspired by a community acupuncture service in Moretonhampstead - people pay what they can afford for the treatment within a price range. It enables people who can afford counselling to subsidise for people who struggle to budget for it. Please get in touch if you have further questions about this. I also have a small number of concessionary rate spaces, which are currently filled.

My fee is £55-£75.

Do you have supervision?
Yes, I have regular supervision sessions with an experienced counsellor who is trained to be a supervisor. I take any concerns or issues to my supervisor - the client always remains anonymous - so that they can support me in my work.

Do you have therapy?
I have had therapy over a number of years and this is what drew me to becoming a counsellor because I had a positive experience of it. I continue to have therapy as and when I need it in my life and find it helps support me in the work I do. I have learnt a great deal from working with experienced counsellors over the years.

What is a contract?
When we start working together, I will talk you through my contract and email you a copy. This gives details about confidentiality, GDPR and data protection, among other things.

What happens if I need to cancel?
I require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancelled sessions, otherwise I will have to charge the session.

Is counselling confidential?
Everything discussed in our sessions is strictly confidential. I follow the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). There are some exceptions to this rule, for example if I was concerned there was a risk of harm to you or someone else, or if I’m required to by a court of law. I go into this in detail in my contract and will discuss this with you in our first session, including how I store your data and client notes.

What happens when I want to stop therapy?
Endings are important and can affect people differently so it works well to plan for a final session. This gives us the opportunity to review the work and enables you to end the therapy the way you would like to. At the end of each session, I ask my clients if they would like to book another session.

Are you insured?
I have full insurance cover, which is specialised for counsellors, from Holistic Insurance.

Where and when do you offer sessions?
I currently offer day time and evening sessions, depending on the day and location. I can tell you more about my availability via email. I may be able to accommodate people who only want sessions during term time. I have practice rooms in Exeter’s Southernhay and Exmouth. Please get in touch for more information.

FAQs

I've been taught a variety of counselling approaches and have used these to develop my own integrative philosophy.

I follow a humanistic philosophy and my approach is person centred, which uses the core conditions of empathy, non-judgement and authenticity. I'm led by my client, who I believe is the expert of themselves, and use my varied knowledge to tailor my therapy sessions to each individual.

I believe everyone has the potential for growth and change. My style is relational and collaborative. We are social and I believe we heal in relationship.

I'm particularly influenced by Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Neurobiology.

Other modalities we looked at on the course: CBT, Transpersonal, Systems Theory, Jungian and Existential Approaches.

Please don't hesitate to ask me questions about my training or style if you'd like to know more.

It all depends on the client and what works for them. Language is a powerful tool in therapy. I sometimes use timelines and genograms to help people explore their stories. If you're interested in working creatively, for example using sand tray or art (drawing), we can experiment with this.

If you are particularly interested in a style of counselling or tool, I would love to hear about this so that I can look at incorporating it into our sessions where possible. Our work is collaborative and I always welcome feedback.

I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I did an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Iron Mill College in Exeter, a mental health and wellbeing college. I did the Bereavement Foundation Course with bereavement charity Cruse.

As a member of the BACP, I am committed to Continued Professional Development. I have undertaken courses in Drug Treatment for Mood Disorders, Online and Telephone Working, Managing Disclosures of Abuse, TA 101. I recently gained a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

I work with an array of issues. Many of my clients want to improve their relationship with themselves.

Some of the areas I work in:

  • life transitions, such as post natal or menopause
  • low self-worth
  • relationship difficulties
  • women's issues
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • complex PTSD
  • trauma
  • abuse
  • boarding school trauma
  • burn out and stress
  • shame
  • neurodivergence

I am interested in neurodiversity and recently completed a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

I can help you:

  • find your voice
  • process difficult emotions
  • work towards healthier relationships
  • help you feel more in control of your feelings and your response to stress
  • navigate difficult life transitions so that you feel more anchored and sure of yourself
  • find your authentic self
  • build self-compassion
  • gain more confidence
  • empower you to trust and believe in yourself.

Sometimes counselling can help people feel less alone. Some people see therapy as a gym for their mind and a way to get clarity on things.

This is dependent on you. Some people want to focus on a specific issue or challenge and might like to plan a number of sessions to focus on this. Other people may want to take longer to explore more complex issues and trauma. We will discuss this at the beginning of our work together and I will regularly check in and review this with you. You own the decision around this and what you want to get out of therapy.

I can offer a free 15-minute online consultation before our first session.

You can pay by BACs transfer at least 24 hours before our session starts. I try to avoid cash payments but will accommodate this if necessary.

I was inspired by a community acupuncture service in Moretonhampstead - people pay what they can afford for the treatment within a price range.

It enables people who can afford counselling to subsidise for people who struggle to budget for it. Please get in touch if you have further questions about this. I also offer some concessionary rate spaces, which are currently filled.

My fee is £55-75.

Yes, I have regular supervision sessions with an experienced counsellor who is trained to be a supervisor. I take any concerns or issues to my supervisor - the client always remains anonymous - so that they can support me in my work.

I have had therapy over a number of years and this is what drew me to becoming a counsellor because I had a positive experience of it. I continue to have therapy as and when I need it in my life and find it helps support me in the work I do. I have learnt a great deal from working with experienced counsellors over the years.

When we start working together, I will talk you through my contract and email you a copy. This gives details about confidentiality, GDPR and data protection, among other things.

I require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancelled sessions, otherwise I will have to charge the session.

Everything discussed in our sessions is strictly confidential. I follow the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). There are some exceptions to this rule, for example if I was concerned there was a risk to you or someone else, or if I’m required to by a court of law. I go into this in detail in my contract and will discuss this with you in our first session, including how I store your data and client notes.

Endings are important and can affect people differently so it works well to plan for an ending session. This gives both you and me the chance to review the work we have done together and offers you the chance to end the work the way you would like to. At the end of each session, I ask my clients if they would like to book another session.

I have full insurance cover, which is specialised for counsellors, from Holistic Insurance.

I currently offer day time and evening sessions, depending on the day and location. I can tell you more about my availability when you get in touch. I may also be able to accommodate people who only want sessions during term time. I have practice rooms in Exeter’s Southernhay and Exmouth. Please get in touch for more information.

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