What is Counselling?

Counselling gives you a place to feel safe, to talk freely and to be listened to without judgement. 

A counsellor is there to let you experience the emotions that you normally keep deep inside. Each session offers you the freedom to explore the kind of feelings that are too big for your day-to-day life. Being independent from you, a counsellor provides space for you to take the lead, instead of try to fix things for you, like a friend or close family member might. 

But it is about more than just when things aren’t going well. Counselling can also empower you to make a change in your life. To strive towards where or who you want to be. You may not know the answer to that yet though, or what changes needs to happen to get there. That’s where counselling can help. 

Counselling isn’t about getting to be the perfect person that you want to be all the time. However, it can help you to understand where you are on that journey though, and identify what might help now and in the future.

Speaking to a counsellor can:

  • Offer a better self-understanding
  • Provide clarity
  • Improve decision making
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Increase self-belief
  • Make you feel more confident and assertive

There is nothing more valuable than having another human being listen to you and offer support. And that’s exactly what counselling is all about.


How It Works

I offer a free 20-minute chat to allow us to get to know each other a little, and see if we want to work together. It also allows you to ask any questions you have about counselling.

If we are both happy to progress, our first official session will be an initial assessment. This is where we can discuss where you think your issues are, how they are affecting you, what you want from counselling etc. It’s essentially an overview of where you are now. That will give us a good foundation for discussions going forward.

Sessions last 50 minutes, and I recommend that a client agrees to six sessions initially. This isn’t compulsory though.

My face-to-face sessions are carried out at Argyle House in Exeter. Directions can be found on the Where To Find Me page of this website.

Online counselling takes place on Zoom, and I’d ask you to try to find a private, secure space to talk, so you aren’t going to be overheard or distracted.

If you have any questions about counselling, please feel free to get in touch.


'It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.'

Carl Rogers