30 January 2017

Professional, confidential, friendly counselling in central Exeter


Serious about making changes in your life?

If you are looking for a therapist you have taken a courageous first step. Life can be hard for us all at times.  I love the work I do; helping people to explore what's troubling them in order to live more fulfilling lives.

I work privately from beautiful premises on Southernhay, right in the centre of Exeter, Devon, with a wide spectrum of people with many differing presenting issues. Professional, approachable, open-minded and non-judgmental, I have the utmost respect for my client's individuality and life circumstances. 

I draw from several reputable theories of practice enabling me to work effectively, progressively and collaboratively with individuals and couples.

Offering a fully professional service I am fortunate enough to be able to work full-time at my dedicated Exeter practice, seeing clients five days a week. 

I am committed to facilitating the exploration of the issues you bring. If you are serious about committing the time and energy required I invite you to make contact to arrange an initial appointment.



[NB 30th Jan - I am experiencing a high number of enquiries and have very limited spaces. I do not have any regular spaces available until Mid March]


This site is where you can find out information about counselling, my personal approach and services offered, and some details about my background, by clicking on the information tabs above. 

This is also a blogsite which I use to make regular posts about my work and continuing professional development as a counsellor. Click here for my Articles.

I would be very happy to discuss your requirements should you be interested in coming along for counselling. Embarking on a course of counselling can be daunting and I aim to help you feel relaxed and confident that you make the choice that is right for you.

Regulation 


Please, whoever you decide to have counselling with,  whether individual or agency, ensure that they are registered with an adequate professional body. Personally, I have most faith in the BACP as a professional body which is why I choose to be registered with them. BACP Accredited status is an established, recognised and accepted assurance of experience and maturity as a practitioner. Without membership of a self-regulating professional body then clients have no recourse should they feel that they are being treated unethically. At the moment, there is nothing to stop people practising as counsellors without this protection for their clients. Following the dreadful scandal involving the Exeter based Palace Gate Counselling Service I researched and wrote about this topic on this post about the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy

I campaign for the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy along with Phil Dore via the website Unsafe Spaces



10 January 2017

Love your body and it will love you back - Guest post

I read this post on Facebook. It's somebody I know but not a client. I have been privileged enough to have witnessed some of this young lady's journey with a diagnosed eating disorder and I was very pleased to see these words which reflect where she is right now as she embraces recovery. 

The following words might be helpful for anyone struggling with eating and/or body image issues.

It's January and that means there's so many ads and promotions about weight loss and 'getting slim' but there's one thing that people rarely talk about; weight gain.
It is a fact that if your weight is too low, and your body is struggling to function to its full potential, you need to gain weight until you're healthy. No one ever tells you how to do it, or how to cope with the whole idea of it in a society that only wants people to
be 'thinner'. Recovering from anorexia, thats one of the hardest things - coming to terms with the idea of weight gain. But you know what? It does not make you fat, the world does not end just because that number on the scales has gone higher, and your worth does not somehow decrease.
Today I found out that I had in fact gained weight, more than I had planned when I began my recovery. But for a change it did not upset me, I didn't freak out and panic thinking I needed to lose it asap. Instead I was proud, because in that second when I looked down at that number I did not become worthless, I did not become obese and the world certainly did not end. The number on the scale becomes meaningless as long as you are healthy and that is what I am. I am healthy, and I am happy. And you can be too.
You do not need to lose weight to be happy, as long as you are healthy that is what matters. There is so much more to life than watching your weight or watching what you eat. It's all about balance, and good health will be so much more rewarding than any fad diet will ever be. It took me far too long to realise that. 
Love your body, and it'll love you back.

A big thank you to Catherine* for sharing

(* a pseudonym)

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