As your counsellor (or “therapist”) I support you to resolve sometimes painful issues from the past that may be holding you back, help you deal with your feelings and emotions, and ultimately gain an improved sense of wellbeing.
Integrating a range of approaches, I offer a broad counselling service (adults, 18+) to help with issues such as grief, bereavement and loss; anger; stress, anxiety and depression; shame and low self-esteem; and relationships and family issues. I offer individual and couples counselling. I specialise in working with clients who:
- are in recovery from addiction, eating disorders and “co-dependency”
- were abused or neglected as children or who grew up in “dysfunctional” families
- were adopted or are exploring other issues of identity
- are struggling with issues of sexuality and intimacy.
I belong to the affirmative It’s All About You Wellbeing network which enables LGBTQ+ people, their families and friends to make contact with the right professional for them.
We would first have a brief telephone conversation followed by an initial face-to-face session to find out whether counselling is the best option for you and whether I am the right counsellor for you to work with. If we decide to go ahead, sessions are usually weekly. This could be short-term to deal with a specific issue or longer-term, to resolve deeper-seated issues including negative experiences from childhood.
Do you want to feel more positive about the life that you lead? Make some big changes? Perhaps take on a new challenge?
Coaching helps you achieve the results you want in your life. The focus is on getting really clear what it is you want and then identifying the steps you need to take to realise your full potential. This could be about any aspect of life … landing your dream job; finding the work-life balance that suits you; improving the quality of your relationships; or daring to have a go at something you’ve always longed to do but told yourself you couldn’t!
As your coach, my role is not to give you answers, but to ask the right questions so that you find your own answers. Some people prefer to go out walking on the seafront rather than sit in a room, and that’s fine by me! While supportive and encouraging I can also be challenging. Coaching is action-oriented and usually short-term (typically four to six sessions over a few weeks or a couple of months – but there is no hard-and-fast rule).
I have always had a passion for helping people heal, develop and flourish. Having benefited immensely myself from counselling and therapy, in my early 30s I trained in London as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. More recently I also gained a qualification in coaching and mentoring, including life coaching, coaching singers and other performers in dealing with nerves and workplace coaching.
I’ve also had considerable professional experience in other fields of work such as PR, corporate communications and learning & development.
My voluntary work has included counselling at the Terrence Higgins Trust in Brighton and being a trustee of Mankind UK, a national charity offering therapy and other support to male survivors of sexual abuse. I practice meditation and mindfulness and am currently a trustee of Gaia House, a retreat centre near Newton Abbot offering silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.
Qualifications, professional membership and ethics
- Theory and Practice of Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Bruce Lloyd Consultants, London
- Certificate in Couples Counselling, accredited by International Society of Professional Counsellors
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registration number: 198305
- I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
- ILM (Institute of Leadership Management) Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring
- I adhere to the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) Code of Ethics
Individual Counselling: I charge £50 for a one-hour individual counselling session; a limited number of reduced fee spaces (minimum £35/session) may be available for people on low incomes and for trainee counsellors.
Couples Counselling: I charge £65 for a 75-minute couples counselling session; a limited number of reduced fee spaces (minimum £50/session) may be available.
Coaching: I charge £50 for a one-hour session, or can offer a tailored package of an agreed number of sessions at a lower hourly rate if booked and paid upfront – please contact me to discuss.
I offer a free 15-30 minute initial phone consultation which enables us to decide on whether it is right for us to work together.
I can offer sessions on Monday afternoon/evening at Croft Hall GP surgery in Torquay and on Thursday daytime (possibly other days by arrangement) at the Devon Clinic complementary health centre in Paignton.