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Holding Hands

Practical help in moving forward

There are difficult times in life for all of us. Problems can appear overwhelming when kept hidden but are often more manageable when brought into the open and untangled. 

Whether you prefer to talk online or meet in my Exeter therapy room, we will work together to help you gain a clearer perspective and find your way to make lasting changes.

Get in touch now for a free initial consultation.

Practical counselling

What is Practical Counselling?

It’s my belief that problems can be confronted and overcome with the help of a committed ally.  My practical counselling approach recognises that most of us don't want to be in therapy forever: we want a way to move forwards.

This is a more active approach to therapy.  My role is more than a listener and we will work as team to shine a light on the challenges you are facing.

We’ll work together to understand your goals, and choose an approach that will work for you.  It’s my priority to help you reach a successful outcome. 

Flexible ways to work together

Meet online or in Exeter therapy room

Evening sessions available

Flexible fee structure (social rates)

Therapy rooms in Exeter

“Live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life ”

Lori Gottlieb

About me

Experience and background

My clients have ranged from victims of domestic abuse to men entering or leaving prison.  During my 12 years in practice I have worked with a wide range of issues, including:

•    Anxiety
•    Anger management
•    Family issues
•    Low self esteem
•    Sexual abuse
•    Trauma
•    Suicidal thoughts

Professional qualifications

  • Fully qualified Counsellor, level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Heartwood, Dartington Hall)

  • Level 5 Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Safe Space for Counselling in assoc. with the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

  • Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS)

John Hillman in Snowdonia

In my spare time I make regular trips to the places I love, like Snowdon and Cornwall, often with my grown-up daughter.


I am also a keen (obsessed) tennis player and play for a few Veteran's teams and in tournaments around the country.

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