Counselling in Axminster
Axminster is the pretty Saxon market town where I have my counselling practice, Axe Valley Counselling. Axminster is a delightful town to visit, with its lovely Saxon church of St Mary on the minster green in the centre of the town and its ideal position, nestled within the beautiful surrounding Devon countryside. Whilst Axminster has every service and convenience you might need, it has retained its small market town appeal. The central square is used for the market on Thursdays, brimming with interesting stalls, and for festive events throughout the year, particularly at Christmas. Axminster has a great choice of cafes if you want to extend your visit when you come to me for counselling. Many people use the opportunity to visit Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and deli for a coffee, lunch or evening meal – the building was once an old inn used as the town’s ballroom before it was converted. It is amusing to think that the main canteen room with its high ceiling once held the town balls and good to know it is still a place of relaxation and recreation with live music held regularly. The River Cottage H.Q is just on the outskirts of the town.
Welcome to South West Counselling
My practice is on a quiet road with parking outside or nearby. It is easily accessible and only 5 minutes’ walk from the bus or train station, and the town centre should you wish to spend some time relaxing either before or after the session. The room is quiet, comfortable and counselling is confidential. I have a variety of couples and individuals who come for counselling with an equal balance of male and female clients. They come from all types of backgrounds, ages and jobs.
I have lived in this area for 35 years and been a counsellor for the last 20. I trained with Relate and worked for them in both Somerset and Devon until I started my private practice several years ago. I still work a few hours a week for them and during the last 20 years gained intensive specialised experience in couple and relationship counselling which few counsellors get the opportunity to do for such a long period of time. I feel it is a privilege to be in this profession, helping people get their lives back on track. I am able to use both my training and the learning from my own personal experiences, good and bad, to help clients, whilst at the same time learning continually from our therapeutic relationships. I am a fully qualified counsellor, member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, on the Relate Register of Counsellors, an LLB, CCERT, Cert ED, and Qualified Adult Trainer.
Length of counselling
I offer flexible hours in a comfortable and friendly environment. Each client’s needs and problems are different and will depend on whether the counselling is for an individual or couple. Usually couple counselling takes a shorter time but there are exceptions and as with individuals, the length of time will vary according to the type of problem and the speed of recovery and change.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a process by which, with my help as a counsellor, you are able to explore your issues and problems, either together as a couple or alone, in a place where you won’t be criticised or judged. If you come as a couple, emotional outbursts and arguments will be managed so you can learn to talk to each other in a manner which is non-threatening and calm. Having come to an understanding of your circumstances, you will then be helped to make changes which will start to resolve your issues and leave you in a position to know which way to go and how to get your life back on track.
Where I work
I work at my private practice in Axminster. The areas that my practice covers are East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset: Axminster, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Colyton, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Chard, Crewkerne, Bridport, West bay. I also have clients coming from Exmouth and Collumpton.
I charge £40.00 for individuals and £50.00 for a couple if both partners are working. I will negotiate a reduced rate for those on low incomes or on benefits. Payment is by cash or cheque or prior BACS payment. This also applies to telephone counselling if face to face counselling is not possible.