Counselling for Mental Health

The counselling I offer at Evolve in South Devon aims to empower individuals to take control of their own lives, develop resilience, and understand how best to manage unhelpful thinking and behaviour. At Evolve, therapy focuses on the here and now; I work with you to help you realise your own ability to make changes in your life, learn ways to manage your own mood and become your own best therapist.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety, OCD and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. CBT is the most researched therapeutic approach and is demonstrated to be very effective in the treatment of conditions that develop or are maintained through the adoption of unhelpful and or negative thinking. I am experienced in the practice of mindfulness which in conjunction with CBT has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of recurrent depression.

I have had very positive outcomes using CBT combined with physical and or adventurous activity, particularly in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Mood Disorders and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. (GAD).

Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterise mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.

I use MBCT as part of a journey. This can be an open country walk, an open canoe journey on the river Dart, or even in a cave for those who are comfortable in that environment. There is always the option for one hour sessions of MBCT in the therapy room.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy as a therapeutic intervention is about 40 years old. It grew out of the Outdoor and Wilderness Adventure Movement of the early 1960’s, and has quickly evolved into a mode of practice that occurs outdoors, in remote natural settings, and sometimes indoors. Adventure therapy involves the combination of physically and psychologically demanding activities, usually (but not always) conducted in a group setting. Adventure therapy is usually based on the principles of Experiential Education, but draws on traditions from counselling, psychology, social work, and education.

Being active in the natural world and engaging in enjoyable challenging activity can be useful in the treatment of low mood and depression, as well as beneficial in the development of an increased sense of self-esteem.

All outdoor therapeutic work is delivered by me through a partnership with Adelong Outdoor Education Ltd. this means that all aspects of the work meet the standard required by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Scheme (AALS), and are covered by £5000,000 public liability insurance. Therapy insurance is provided by Oxygen Professional Risk Insurance.

Can I help you or a young person you know?

If you think I may be able to help you, or any young person you are responsible for, please feel free to contact me by email or by phone on 07712706680. I'll be pleased to hear from you. Further details can be found on my Practicalities page.