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If in Crisis...

My counselling and psychotherapy service is not suitable for crisis intervention. If you are in acute distress and/or feeling suicidal, please access one of the following services as soon as possible.  It's still okay to reach out and try and get some therapy in place, but this does not substitute crisis management:

Please also make an appointment with your GP too discuss options for treatment for your mental health as soon as possible. 

Other Recommended Private Therapists

Local practitioners:

Tina Welch  Reg MBACP (Exeter and Honiton)

Online therapy:

Duncan E. Stafford Reg MBACP (Accred) (Cambridge, Bristol and Online)

Other Local Services 

NHS Depression and Anxiety Service (now called TalkWorks) - You can self-refer to this free service. This is not counselling or psychotherapy but you will typically be offered a talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy delivered by a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. They also offer courses.

The Iron Mill Counselling Service - low cost (£20/hr) therapy delivered by final year counselling/psychotherapy students who all have professional membership of the BACP or UKCP. The Iron Mill College is a highly reputable training organisation.


Here you can find links to some of my blog archive, which I've divided into categories:

General topics

What to expect in your therapy session

Top 5 Lifestyle Tips - Things to help the counselling  process

Counselling and coaching for weight loss (May 2018)

Counselling for divorce and separation

Depression as a Tool for Change

Perspective on Panic Attacks

Article on working with trauma published by Counsellors Cafe (March 2017)

Therapists and holidays (September 2017)

On Therapists and Retiring (October 2018)

Seasonal Affective Disorder - Time to Stop Being SAD

Video Game Addiction

Online Relationships

'Counselling' a rescue dog

Martial Arts and Psychotherapy

Mindfulness and Martial Arts

Personality Testing Tool - Myers-Briggs

Working with Ex-Boarders

Learn more about transphobia

Short piece on gay conversion therapy

Challenging prejudices around sex work

A pluralistic approach to therapy

Meeting my professional hero - Irvin D Yalom

Book reviews

Top 6 Books for Personal Development

Why Love Matters by Sue Gerdhardt

The Body Never Lies - The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting, by Alice Miller

Does Therapy Work by Jane Barclay

Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin D Yalom

The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert

Sex in the Forbidden Zone by Peter Rutter

Snippets from Staring at the Sun by Irvin D Yalom

Counselling Techniques

My struggles with a pure CBT approach

REBT versus CBT

Regulation issues

Why I oppose the resolution to automatically grant Accredited status to all BACP Registrants (Oct 2018)

Revisiting the Accreditation Confusion - Sept 2016

The ongoing battle of protecting clients from struck off therapists - August 2016

Unsafe Spaces - Why we need regulation (May 2016)

Who is publicising the accredited registers? - PSA response (July 2015)

Guest Blogger Patrick Killeen - Accredited Registers vs Protected Titles (July 2015)

If I had the power to regulate counselling (April 2015)

A new name for the PSA's registers for counselling and psychotherapy (February 2015)

Regulation - a client and therapist friendly way forward? (November 2014)

The problems with a voluntary regulatory scheme (Sept 2014)

Spreading the word on AVRs - the Professional Standards Authority responds (Sept 2014)

The Regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy - What the Public Want (June 2013)

A resource for people who have experienced harmful experiences in therapy is

For trainee therapists

Letter to Iron Mill trainee counsellors


Working with Gambling

SMART Recovery - an alternative to the 12-step programme for addiction recovery

Devon Drugs and Alcohol Team Recovery Day, 2012

Workshop/training experiences

Pluralistic therapy with Mick Cooper

Working at Relational Depth with Professor Mick Cooper

Nonviolent Communication

Living With Heart by Gill Wyatt

Working with Gamblers - GamCare Training

Working with Self-Destructiveness

Working with Boarding School Survivors

Amanda Williamson Counselling Service in Exeter, Devon. BACP Registered and Senior Accredited Counsellor.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but in the case of therapists lifting content directly from other therapists' websites I reckon that this is not good for our clients and does not reflect well on either ourselves as practitioners with integrity nor the profession as a whole. We all take inspiration from other professionals but please at least change some of the words and sentences around. I am proud of the content of my website which has been carefully constructed over many years of practice and have been concerned to see some of my site lifted almost word for word on other therapist sites. 


Anonymous said...

What an inspirational and informative website. Thank you.
Wayne (soon to qualify Counsellor)

Amanda Williamson (She/her) said...

Thank you Wayne. Good luck with your continued journey.

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