Counsellor & Life Coach in Newton Abbot

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Counselling and Life Coaching in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot and Online


How I can help you.....

Now that COVID restrictions are being eased are you feeling a sense of uncertainty for your future? Are you noticing that "what if" is becoming a regular conversation starter and the worry and overthinking is clouding your mind with indecisiveness and negative thoughts? Is the thought of meeting new people and socialising again triggering anxiety flutters in your stomach? Are you feeling you have lost your inner sense of who you are, what you want out of life, and have a fear of missing out?
Do you feel you need to talk to someone who's impartial, will not judge or criticise and give you the space to;

  • untangle your thoughts, feelings and your current coping strategies.
  • rediscover the real you, that may have taken refuge deep in your unconscious.
  • get back on track and start enjoying life again.

    I would like to extend a warm welcome. If the above is ringing true for you, then as a qualified Counsellor, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Life Coach based in Kingsteignton, within easy reach of Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Torbay and Exeter, I may be able to help. I support over 18's, and I am able to offer COVID secure face to face counselling and life coaching, as well as online counselling. I am a registered member and follow the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the governing body for standards of excellence within the mental health sector.

    My aim is to provide a confidential, supportive, impartial and non-judgemental space where you can reflect on your thoughts and feelings around what is currently happening or has happened to you. Together we will unravel the challenging thought patterns, that are holding you back and explore coping strategies that are specific to your needs. Freeing you up to new possibilities so you feel more confident in adopting positive change in your life.

    Your counselling should be as unique as you are!


    "You have helped me to reconnect with my true self and as a result, my life is amazing. I can actually go as far to say, I’m living my best life and I know I have so much more to come. Thank you Jo." - client review


  • The issues I can help you with in therapy are;

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety
  • Depression and low self esteem
  • Relationship issues, family, partner and work related difficulties
  • Stress, over-thinking and self blame
  • Low self-confidence and negative life events
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Trauma and childhood abuse
  • Domestic Abuse - violent, emotional and controlling
  • Prolonged low mood linked to sleep deprivation, menopause and empty nest syndrome
  • Redundancy and other major life changes; divorce, moving house, new job
  • Issues concerning personal development and fulfilment
  • Isolation and loneliness

    "From start of therapy we noticed an improvement in our daughter's mental- and general well-being, how she coped with life problems and also with general daily life and job issues. We recommend Jo's services without any hesitation for anybody looking for a well-being "jump-start" and believe her support will turn into a lifelong asset” - client review

    "Jo is a warm, friendly and highly skilled counsellor. Jo was able to tease out the feelings and patterns of behaviour that are not working for me now, and she has helped me to identify new ways of thinking. I looked forward to each session even though it challenged me at times. When I first met Jo, I was deeply troubled by feelings of loss and grief, but I now have the tools needed to feel resilient, calm and empathic so that I can respond and communicate with confidence, and so that my voice will be heard and my feelings considered. I would highly recommend Jo to all." - client review



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    Where I offer Counselling

    I am currently doing face to face counselling sessions from my private, calming and comfortable counselling room in Kingsteignton, Devon. This is conveniently located for Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Torbay (Torquay and Paignton) and Exeter. Whilst COVID-19 is still prevalent I am taking COVID secure measures to ensure clients safety - please scroll down for full details.


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    I also offer Online & Telephone Counselling

    If you are self-isolating or have limited time for your therapy then you might wish to consider online and/or telephone counselling via Zoom (other video software is an option). Research has proven that online counselling is just as effective as face to face and I can confirm that clients respond very well to therapy in the familiar surroundings of their own home. They also enjoy the convenience of not having to factor in travelling times making it easier to set aside quality time for themselves. Online counselling may be more immediate because I have more flexibility around scheduling online counselling sessions. Having this option also enables us to continue with your counselling should you need to self-isolate or if we have to go into another lockdown.

    I am keen to ensure that clients have as good a counselling experience both online as they would in-person. Which is why, on the first lockdown, I embarked on an Online & Telephone Counselling course that is mapped to BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines and accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). This enabled me to adapt my existing skill sets so I can deliver a private, confidential, safe and effective Online counselling service to all clients.

    If you are unsure whether in-person or online counselling will work for you, or if you would like to meet me first to see if I am the right counsellor for you, then please get in touch. I offer a Free Initial Session so we can talk about your needs and considerations. You can contact me via email or phone.

    "Jo always listened, never judged and always showed empathy. She is naturally skilled and talented. I would recommend Jo to everyone" - D"


    My COVID policy

    Please don't suffer alone with feelings of helplessness, loneliness, low self-esteem and over-thinking. If you feel talking to someone is just what you need right now, don't let COVID prevent you from getting the help you need. Talking therapy can help you to make sense of your confusing thoughts and feelings providing mental wellbeing and support throughout this difficult period - please get in touch.

    I offer a limited number of face to face counselling sessions and take the following COVID secure measures to ensure a safe environment for both of us:

  • My counselling room is large enough for us to adhere to social distancing.
  • I sanitise surfaces and creative intervention tools in-between each session.
  • I ask that clients wear face coverings, these can be removed once we are seated. To avoid misunderstandings please let me know, if for medical reasons, you are unable to wear a face covering.
  • I ask all clients to wash their hands and will direct you to the bathroom on your way in.
  • I will keep a window open, to ensure good ventilation, so please bring a coat or a jumper when it's chilly.
  • Feel free to bring a bottle of water or a flask of coffee/tea as no drinks will be provided.
  • I also ask that all clients cancel their appointment if they are experiencing any flu like symptoms, have been told to isolate through the track and trace system and/or have tested positive and have to self isolate.
  • Please let me know immediately after testing positive for COVID or let the track & trace know my details, so I can take the necessary precautionary measures.

    I politely ask that you consider everyones safety as well as your own in these very difficult times. If you do find that you have to isolate then we can always move to online or telephone counselling for a couple of weeks.


  • A few things to note.........


    Confidentiality and Security

    My clients privacy is extremely important to me which is why I have strict privacy and security policies and procedures in place. You can find out more via my GDPR statement. There are boundaries and limits to confidentiality and I am legally bound to make disclosure to the relevant authorities if a client reveals that they are at serious risk of causing or inflicting harm to others. In addition, if at any point during your counselling you need emergency support, I may ask for your consent to contact your GP or your emergency contact.


    Please be aware that my training does not extend to medical training therefore I am unable to provide you with a medical diagnosis. That is for your GP to diagnose. I also don't offer advice or suggest specific behavioural changes. My role as your counsellor and/or life coach is to support you as you discover, explore and own the changes you wish to make.


    As well as private counselling and life coaching I am also a counsellor for Torbay Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) and all of my TDAS counselling has been moved to online for the foreseeable future. As a result I adopt a policy of thoroughness in ensuring clients privacy and security by using communication platforms that are encrypted to limit the potential for data breaches.


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