About DGC Counselling
Noticing, acknowledging and facing a significant problem in life is an act of bravery in itself.
As an Integrative therapist I draw on a variety of attentive and unconditional counselling techniques to cater for the unique situation of every client. The foundation of my practice is the empathy, honesty and unconditional positive regard of Person Centred Therapy (PCT) that supports the relational depth between client and counsellor. I also apply Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and metaphorical tools like sand tray work where appropriate.
I am an accredited registrant with The National Counselling Society (NCS) which means I adhere to their code of professional and ethical practice.
Details of the NCS's ethical guidelines, which are there to support both client and counsellor, can be found on their website:
Confidentiality and privacy in the therapeutic relationship are an absolute priority. My role is to give you the space and opportunity to be truly listened to. We will work together to establish clear goals within a mutually agreed time-frame. Depending on what feels most appropriate, we may remain focused in the present or explore relevant experiences from the past that may be negatively impacting your life in the present and perceptions of the future.
My face to face counselling room in Exminster is spacious yet private. Video counselling is conducted using either Zoom or Doxy, both easy to use. I can also use confidential counselling rooms in Exeter. Counselling sessions using the telephone also take place in a private and confidential space. I conduct any contact with clients through an encrypted email service, any process notes I take after counselling sessions are assigned a number, not an identifiable client name and stored either in a locked cabinet or off-line on a password protected computer.
I have worked with clients presenting a variety of issues from low self-esteem, emotional numbness, anxiety, depression, trauma and have considerable experience working with domestic violence and coercive control.