Find your path to a happier life
Building self-belief – helping to find meaning, fulfilment and sense in a challenging and changing world
Whether you are looking for a therapist for the first time, or whether you are looking to find someone new, I hope my web site will give you an idea of what I can offer, answer some of the questions you may have and if I am the best person to help you.
Time with a therapist can be a great opportunity for you to re-evaluate your life, your values and your beliefs; so you can feel freer and happier. My work is underpinned by the belief that we develop a better understanding of ourselves and, by doing so, change the values and priorities we use to guide our lives.
You can read more about how to get the most out of counselling.
What I can help you with
Wherever there is a physical addiction to a substance or activity – there is likely to be a psychological addiction too. Counselling aims to relieve the psychological addiction by exploring the root cause while helping to develop new ways of thinking.
Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone’s life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help ease the process and resolve any remaining issues they may have.
Being the victim of any form of abuse – verbal, emotional or physical – can lead to issues that may affect you all of your life. Counselling can offer victims the chance to seek help from authorities (if appropriate) as well as addressing the psychological repercussions in a safe environment.
Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone’s world upside down. Counselling can help sufferers come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.
Many, many people suffer from low self-esteem and most of these will find this hard to talk about or change. Counselling provides a safe space to explore our vulnerabilities and find new ways to think about ourselves and make some permanent shifts in our confidence and ability to deal with people and situations.
More and more of us are finding ourselves taking on the responsibility for caring for elderly and disabled family members. This can be stressful and challenging as we feel the relationship changing and our own lives can feel restricted. Feelings of shame or guilt are common and counselling can be helpful.
Suffering from a mental health issue such as schizophrenia or depression can feel incredibly isolating. Counselling looks to discuss the feelings that arise in conjunction with these kinds of mental health issues, as well as overcome any personal challenges or frustrations.
Covering all types of relationships, counselling can be used to discuss issues in families, friendships and couples. Problems could involve anything from a poor relationship with a parent, difficulties in a friendship or with a partner, or even your relationships at work.
The experience of relationship breakdown, separation and divorce is very hard, distressing time. As a mediator with 10 years experience of supporting people through this process, I know how counselling can help understand your feelings, cope with the changes and find a way forward into your future.
Whether you’ve been involved in an accident or you have been the victim of abuse, the psychological impact of trauma can last years after the event itself. In a counselling session, trauma victims are encouraged to explore their feelings regarding the incident and look into how these could be resolved or changed.
Sessions and cost
I work from home in north Devon, just north of Barnstaple. I have private space in a peaceful and calm environment.
I work Monday – Friday and can offer early morning and evening appointments. Sessions will last between 60 – 90 minutes (by prior agreement with you).
My charges are £40- £60 per session, but may be negotiable according to circumstances.
I always offer an introductory first session free of charge.
Please get in touch for an informal discussion about how I could help you. I always offer a free introductory session so you have the opportunity to get to know me and talk through any questions you might have.
I can offer video or telephone calling as well as face to face sessions.
What my clients say
“Develop new perspectives, greater self-awareness and purpose to life”