I have enjoyed over a decade’s experience working as a relationship counsellor and therapist with couples, individuals and families. I also work as a clinical supervisor and, alongside my private practice, I have worked for many years with Relate.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a huge amount of support at any time when life has become unexpectedly challenging or complicated. Equally, it can simply provide a good space to explore and understand one’s relationship with oneself and with those important people around us.
The essence of my practice is to offer a safe, peaceful and very private space in which to talk and think about the things which are causing unhappiness, grief or anxiety, or simply preoccupying one’s everyday thoughts.
I will encourage you to think in depth about what concerns or upsets you, and I will help you to identify what might need to change, or what might benefit from being understood differently.
Method of working
In response to Covid19, please read HERE about how I am currently working.
There is no one right way “to do” counselling. I am happy to see clients at regular intervals, be it weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but sometimes just one or two meetings can make a significant difference.
When working with a couple or a family I may suggest separate meetings from time to time.
I also offer intensive weekend work, providing morning and afternoon sessions over a Saturday and/or a Sunday. This can be very useful when it feels like a time of crisis, or when there are geographical challenges which make some intensive sessions more manageable.
I also work collaboratively with my colleague, Dinah Mears, offering training and other therapeutic support services. Visit www.exetertherapy.com
Where to see me
I practice from my home, near Copplestone, in mid Devon. I live on a rural smallholding (at the end of a very rough track), in a setting of complete privacy and peacefulness.
I work in a tranquil detached annex, overlooking an orchard and fields, with a woodburner lit on chilly days. My working hours are flexible and appointments are available during the day and in the evenings.
Should the prospect of sitting opposite a therapist feel too overwhelming, we can ‘walk and talk’ in the adjoining fields, amongst the sheep (in the company of my dog upon request!). From this summer I also hope to be able to offer exceptionally private woodland walk & talk – within 15 acres of wooded seclusion adjoining my home.
Where appropriate, I am happy to work over the telephone or by zoom or skype.
What will it cost?
I charge £50 for a 60 minute meeting, and £75 for a 90 minute meeting. This is the same whether I am seeing an individual, a couple or a family.
Intensive weekend sessions cost £250 for each morning or afternoon (10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm).
I invoice clients after our meetings.
Cancellations and endings
You are never under any obligation to attend or continue your meetings with me.
I will only charge for a cancellation if it is made on the day of our meeting.