What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy which enables people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term counselling can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.


Isabelle Corak

I am an experienced Counsellor and I offer a confidential and calm environment in which you can feel comfortable and safe to be yourself.  I use a person-centered approach, this approach is based on the belief that we are all individual experts on our true selves.

It follows that each of us has the ability to live our life to our full potential.  The beauty of this approach is that we can adjust the way it works to fit your needs.  I work with adults and young people from the age of 16 years upwards.

07791 304831

Rue Smith

Rue is an experienced integrative counsellor working primarily with a person-centred approach to counselling whilst drawing from other theories and approaches to suit the clients needs, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA).

07584 209211

Mel Phillips

I have over 12 years' experience of working in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a Senior CAMHS Mental Health Specialist with Children and Young People aged between 5 - 18 years, presenting with wide-ranging emotional and behavioural difficulties, including anxiety, low mood, OCD, as well as within specialist eating disorders and family therapy clinics. I have also worked within specialist CAMHS services specialising in Looked After and Adopted Children and Young People mental health. I am also a qualified Child EMDR Therapist.

07766 318524

David Cox

It can be difficult opening up to someone; I’ve been there, I understand. As an open, caring and trustworthy male therapist, I am uniquely positioned to give you a safe space to talk, to be seen, heard and understood. I will support you to look beneath the surface and see things you haven’t seen before and help you find a way to move forward.

07971 430263

Lucy Sanderson

I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with both adults and children from age 9 upwards.  I am warm and approachable and strive to provide a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space for you to explore anything that you wish to talk about.  My core modalility is person-centred; however I am trained to integrate other psychological approaches into our work together.  This may mean the incorporation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as the use of Creative and Symbolic strategies. 

07747 247800

Julie Milne

My name is Julie.  I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor.  My working style is person-centred combined with drawing on elements of different theories and techniques such as Gestalt, Psychodynamic and psychosynthesis to offer flexibility to best suit your needs. With the key success of counselling being the therapeutic relationship, I use my friendly, warm, open and calm approach to provide a comfortable environment and enhance the therapeutic relationship.

07941 635220

Alexandra Ogando

My name is Alex and I am a Dramatherapist who works with young people aged 10-17, and adults over the age of 18. I have experience working with some of the South West’s most prominent support services, including: the NHS CAMHS Crisis Intervention Team, 1625 Independent People, Creative Youth Network, Next Link, The National Autistic Society, Mind, and Off The Record, where I continue to work part-time as a therapist.