Anxiety Counselling in Exeter

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Liz Benson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
For all of us there are times when we need the support, understanding and guidance of others.  Knowing there is someone you can trust, that will listen and try their best to help using all their knowledge and experience can be a powerful and transformative experience. I am passionate about guiding people on their journey to recovery and a meaningful life. Throughout my career I have specialised in helping people with eating disorders, and have over 10 years experience in NHS ED services. I am also experienced in working with people to overcome many other difficulties including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety disorders.
For all of us there are times when we need the support, understanding and guidance of others.  Knowing there is someone you can trust, that will listen and try their best to help using all their knowledge and experience can be a powerful and transformative experience. I am passionate about guiding people on their journey to recovery and a meaningful life. Throughout my career I have specialised in helping people with eating disorders, and have over 10 years experience in NHS ED services. I am also experienced in working with people to overcome many other difficulties including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety disorders.
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Christine Martin
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I have a special interest in the transitions and dilemmas that can occur at any point during a woman’s life. These might include marrying; pregnancy; changes in role; relationship difficulties; and the challenges presented at menopause and during the aging process. It is common to experience uncertainty, confusion, fear, and pressure at times of change or loss. Depression and anxiety may emerge as well as other, less common mental health issues. Times of change or loss can be difficult for everyone. I work with all genders, without discrimination. It is not necessary to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from our sessions.
I have a special interest in the transitions and dilemmas that can occur at any point during a woman’s life. These might include marrying; pregnancy; changes in role; relationship difficulties; and the challenges presented at menopause and during the aging process. It is common to experience uncertainty, confusion, fear, and pressure at times of change or loss. Depression and anxiety may emerge as well as other, less common mental health issues. Times of change or loss can be difficult for everyone. I work with all genders, without discrimination. It is not necessary to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from our sessions.
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Kevin Dudman
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Waitlist for new clients
Hello my name is Kevin. I specialise in the treatment of trauma including accidents, medical trauma, work place and childhood bullying, domestic abuse, rape, sexual abuse and traumatic grief. I can also help you with depression, anxiety, worry, low self -esteem, OCD, phobias, body and self esteem issues, chronic pain, porn and Internet addiction. I am an EMDR Consultant and Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience in working in Mental Health within the NHS. Twenty of these have been in senior positions supervising and supporting the clinical practice of a wide range of psychological therapists.
Hello my name is Kevin. I specialise in the treatment of trauma including accidents, medical trauma, work place and childhood bullying, domestic abuse, rape, sexual abuse and traumatic grief. I can also help you with depression, anxiety, worry, low self -esteem, OCD, phobias, body and self esteem issues, chronic pain, porn and Internet addiction. I am an EMDR Consultant and Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience in working in Mental Health within the NHS. Twenty of these have been in senior positions supervising and supporting the clinical practice of a wide range of psychological therapists.
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Annie Ford
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Exeter EX5
It takes courage to contact a Counsellor for the first time, are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, need to make sense or gain clarity of your personal issues. As an experienced Professional Counsellor, I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. A place to explore the changes "you want". Building resilience and strategies to cope with relationships or home or work issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, bullying, or stressful health challenges. Short & long-term therapy 9am -7pm + Sat mornings. A calm comfortable garden studio for face to face, online or outdoor work.
It takes courage to contact a Counsellor for the first time, are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, need to make sense or gain clarity of your personal issues. As an experienced Professional Counsellor, I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. A place to explore the changes "you want". Building resilience and strategies to cope with relationships or home or work issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, bullying, or stressful health challenges. Short & long-term therapy 9am -7pm + Sat mornings. A calm comfortable garden studio for face to face, online or outdoor work.
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Jennifer Gledhill
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX3
Making the first move to see a counsellor can feel like a big step, especially if this is the first time you've done it. Perhaps you feel like you’re worrying more than usual at the moment? Or maybe there is a specific issue on your mind that you can't seem to get past. Perhaps you've had enough of feeling anxious, or you're feeling low and 'stuck'. When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment it can help us to develop a toolkit of coping strategies to deal with times when things get tough.
Making the first move to see a counsellor can feel like a big step, especially if this is the first time you've done it. Perhaps you feel like you’re worrying more than usual at the moment? Or maybe there is a specific issue on your mind that you can't seem to get past. Perhaps you've had enough of feeling anxious, or you're feeling low and 'stuck'. When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment it can help us to develop a toolkit of coping strategies to deal with times when things get tough.
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Claire Annette Williams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I am an experienced and registered MBACP counsellor, based in Exeter, working with adults, young people and children. I work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement and loss, and trauma. I offer a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore difficulties or problems from your past or present and look at how these maybe holding you back from living a more satisfying and fuller life. As a humanistic counsellor, I focus on building a respectful, caring and empathetic relationship with you and, through this, support you as you progress towards your goal.
I am an experienced and registered MBACP counsellor, based in Exeter, working with adults, young people and children. I work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement and loss, and trauma. I offer a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore difficulties or problems from your past or present and look at how these maybe holding you back from living a more satisfying and fuller life. As a humanistic counsellor, I focus on building a respectful, caring and empathetic relationship with you and, through this, support you as you progress towards your goal.
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Charlotte Mizen
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
We all experience difficult and painful times in life which sometimes feel too hard or overwhelming to manage alone. I have trained and worked as a counsellor and latterly as a psychotherapist with over ten years of clinical experience in private practice, a local therapeutic institution, and as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS. Depression, anxiety, stress, loss and separation are some of the more difficult issues we come up against in life which can seriously impact the way we live our lives. My approach is psychoanalytically oriented with a focus on increasing self understanding and deepening insight into emotional issues
We all experience difficult and painful times in life which sometimes feel too hard or overwhelming to manage alone. I have trained and worked as a counsellor and latterly as a psychotherapist with over ten years of clinical experience in private practice, a local therapeutic institution, and as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS. Depression, anxiety, stress, loss and separation are some of the more difficult issues we come up against in life which can seriously impact the way we live our lives. My approach is psychoanalytically oriented with a focus on increasing self understanding and deepening insight into emotional issues
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Good Life Therapy | Anxiety Relationships Couples Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Exeter EX3
You're feeling anxious and overwhelmed in life and in your relationships.. and there's a very good reason for that. My job is to help you understand why you feel the way you do so that we can come up with practical ways to get you feeling like your old self again. Whilst I am a psychodynamic therapist, I also focus on direct solutions. I'm a modern therapist who wants to help you navigate life, implement changes that are most important to you, and live the life that leaves you excited to wake up every morning. If you're looking for support in this fast-paced, complex world, then I'm so glad you're here and you are right on time.
You're feeling anxious and overwhelmed in life and in your relationships.. and there's a very good reason for that. My job is to help you understand why you feel the way you do so that we can come up with practical ways to get you feeling like your old self again. Whilst I am a psychodynamic therapist, I also focus on direct solutions. I'm a modern therapist who wants to help you navigate life, implement changes that are most important to you, and live the life that leaves you excited to wake up every morning. If you're looking for support in this fast-paced, complex world, then I'm so glad you're here and you are right on time.
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Roberta Hutchins
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Roberta Hutchins has over 15 years’ experience in private practice as an integrated holistic healthcare practitioner in Devon. Roberta’s many years’ experience of working effectively with people with diverse health problems in a variety of ways have provided a strong foundation for her Human Givens Psychotherapy practice. People suffering from anxiety, depression, and many health problems related to stress, have formed the backbone of her practice. It is often the case that resolving life difficulties, getting needs met and focusing on psychological wellbeing are the keys to getting back on track with life and feeling well again.
Roberta Hutchins has over 15 years’ experience in private practice as an integrated holistic healthcare practitioner in Devon. Roberta’s many years’ experience of working effectively with people with diverse health problems in a variety of ways have provided a strong foundation for her Human Givens Psychotherapy practice. People suffering from anxiety, depression, and many health problems related to stress, have formed the backbone of her practice. It is often the case that resolving life difficulties, getting needs met and focusing on psychological wellbeing are the keys to getting back on track with life and feeling well again.
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Emily Godfrey-King
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
I started my Counselling career after experiencing my own battles with my mental health and anxiety, Counselling benefited me hugely and I want to use my own lived experiences to help others.
Everyone experiences difficulties at some point in their lives, even those who we may regard as the strong ones. It can be a lonely and overwhelming time, one of the hardest tasks is making the first step to reach out for help, so well done for managing to come this far. The aim of Counselling is to provide a safe, secure and non-judgemental environment in which any concerns or issues can be discussed.
I started my Counselling career after experiencing my own battles with my mental health and anxiety, Counselling benefited me hugely and I want to use my own lived experiences to help others.
Everyone experiences difficulties at some point in their lives, even those who we may regard as the strong ones. It can be a lonely and overwhelming time, one of the hardest tasks is making the first step to reach out for help, so well done for managing to come this far. The aim of Counselling is to provide a safe, secure and non-judgemental environment in which any concerns or issues can be discussed.
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James Pegg
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, low mood or are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, call for a free initial session. I am an experienced counsellor with proven success in helping people navigate these issues and get to a better place. My name is James and I am a male counsellor based in Exeter. I am here to support you with a whole range of issues that you may be dealing with, such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and/or relationships to name but a few. I also have extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, low mood or are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, call for a free initial session. I am an experienced counsellor with proven success in helping people navigate these issues and get to a better place. My name is James and I am a male counsellor based in Exeter. I am here to support you with a whole range of issues that you may be dealing with, such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and/or relationships to name but a few. I also have extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.
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Lou Stacey Counselling and Clinical Supervision
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX6
I have wide and varied experience and knowledge of emotional and psychological stressors (Trauma) and have worked with many clients requiring support through difficulties such as anxiety, historical coercive and physical abuse, OCD work, chronic shame, disconnection from self, guilt and self hatred.
Hello. My name is Lou. I would like to support you. If you are feeling vulnerable or are in need of some help; maybe things are no longer in your control, than please get in touch. Not being able to trust or understand your own thoughts and feelings, yet finding yourself stuck in them, can be very overwhelming and I would like to support and help you find some peace and calm, so you can re-connect to yourself and your world around you again without so much pain, fear or sadness. I am available face to face in Exminster, as well as Telephone or Online via Zoom. Email me for further details or visit my website.
I have wide and varied experience and knowledge of emotional and psychological stressors (Trauma) and have worked with many clients requiring support through difficulties such as anxiety, historical coercive and physical abuse, OCD work, chronic shame, disconnection from self, guilt and self hatred.
Hello. My name is Lou. I would like to support you. If you are feeling vulnerable or are in need of some help; maybe things are no longer in your control, than please get in touch. Not being able to trust or understand your own thoughts and feelings, yet finding yourself stuck in them, can be very overwhelming and I would like to support and help you find some peace and calm, so you can re-connect to yourself and your world around you again without so much pain, fear or sadness. I am available face to face in Exminster, as well as Telephone or Online via Zoom. Email me for further details or visit my website.
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Maria Alda Gomez Otero
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
If you are struggling with anxiety, relationship challenges, or an inner restlessness you can't seem to quiet, you might be facing the effects of past traumas, including sexual abuse, childhood neglect, or early attachment issues, as well as transgenerational, collective or pre-birth trauma, that ripple through your everyday life. If your goal is profound healing — to finally feel at ease within your own skin and to unlock the potential that lives in you, you have taken the first step into building a new version of yourself.
If you are struggling with anxiety, relationship challenges, or an inner restlessness you can't seem to quiet, you might be facing the effects of past traumas, including sexual abuse, childhood neglect, or early attachment issues, as well as transgenerational, collective or pre-birth trauma, that ripple through your everyday life. If your goal is profound healing — to finally feel at ease within your own skin and to unlock the potential that lives in you, you have taken the first step into building a new version of yourself.
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Hannah Marie Galvin
Psychotherapist, MA, ACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
I'm a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained to MA and Doctoral level respectively with adults and children and adolescents. I'm also a course tutor for a psychotherapy course at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I have experience of working across the age range with a wide variety of mild to moderate, sometimes more severe presenting problems. Some people see me because they're very unhappy, distressed or worried, others come because they want to understand themselves better and they're curious about why they encounter the same patterns.
I'm a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained to MA and Doctoral level respectively with adults and children and adolescents. I'm also a course tutor for a psychotherapy course at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I have experience of working across the age range with a wide variety of mild to moderate, sometimes more severe presenting problems. Some people see me because they're very unhappy, distressed or worried, others come because they want to understand themselves better and they're curious about why they encounter the same patterns.
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Jennifer Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Waitlist for new clients
You may be seeking help for a specific reason such as gaining greater understanding of your eating disorder, obsessional behaviour, substance misuse or debilitating phobia.
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
You may be seeking help for a specific reason such as gaining greater understanding of your eating disorder, obsessional behaviour, substance misuse or debilitating phobia.
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
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Two's-Talking Counselling & Supervision Service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX2
My name is Debbie and I am a registered therapist with BACP and NCS. I offer counselling face to face, online or via a telephone service. I work with person/s over the age of eight years old. I can help you with stress, anxiety/depression, anger, bereavement, relationships, abuse and couple's therapy. I understand you want to see a therapist as soon as you make that decision to do so. I will validate your feelings and i will acknowledge how distressing you are experiencing your life right now. I want to help you and I aim to see you within 7 working days. My goal is to get you to where you want to be.
My name is Debbie and I am a registered therapist with BACP and NCS. I offer counselling face to face, online or via a telephone service. I work with person/s over the age of eight years old. I can help you with stress, anxiety/depression, anger, bereavement, relationships, abuse and couple's therapy. I understand you want to see a therapist as soon as you make that decision to do so. I will validate your feelings and i will acknowledge how distressing you are experiencing your life right now. I want to help you and I aim to see you within 7 working days. My goal is to get you to where you want to be.
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Bernadette Kavanagh
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
To help you take the first step in seeking the counselling help, I provide you a safe place to talk about your thoughts, feelings and fears.
I am an experienced registered counsellor. I offer a warm, calm, confidential and non judgmental space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. I work with a range of issues with both males, females and couples. I also work at The Safe Foundation as Clinical Lead. I specialise with clients, both male and female who have been through domestic abuse and Trauma.
To help you take the first step in seeking the counselling help, I provide you a safe place to talk about your thoughts, feelings and fears.
I am an experienced registered counsellor. I offer a warm, calm, confidential and non judgmental space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. I work with a range of issues with both males, females and couples. I also work at The Safe Foundation as Clinical Lead. I specialise with clients, both male and female who have been through domestic abuse and Trauma.
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Dr Jennifer Richards
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
I work with people who want to explore and make sense of their difficulties or who want to make changes in their life. I work with clients of all ages and can focus on a range of difficulties. Together we will build an understanding of your experiences and help you navigate moving forward with your life. I hold particular expertise in eating disorders, body image issues, low self esteem, clinical perfectionism, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal or relational issues.
I work with people who want to explore and make sense of their difficulties or who want to make changes in their life. I work with clients of all ages and can focus on a range of difficulties. Together we will build an understanding of your experiences and help you navigate moving forward with your life. I hold particular expertise in eating disorders, body image issues, low self esteem, clinical perfectionism, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal or relational issues.
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Jane Meares
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I support adults affected by low self esteem, anxiety, depression, or grief, often those who have experienced the death of a loved one, a major life transition or trauma, or childhood sexual abuse.
Do you put on a brave face but feel different on the inside? Perhaps you’re empty and numb, or overwhelmed by emotions? Are you finding it hard to cope day-to-day? I know how tough life can be at times and how lonely it feels when no one seems to understand. If you’re wondering when you’ll feel happy or hopeful again, or you’re worrying about the future and fearing the worst, or maybe you’re struggling with a big change and a sense of who you are; I’d like to help. Being able to talk freely to someone, without fear of judgement or shame, can be a huge relief.
I support adults affected by low self esteem, anxiety, depression, or grief, often those who have experienced the death of a loved one, a major life transition or trauma, or childhood sexual abuse.
Do you put on a brave face but feel different on the inside? Perhaps you’re empty and numb, or overwhelmed by emotions? Are you finding it hard to cope day-to-day? I know how tough life can be at times and how lonely it feels when no one seems to understand. If you’re wondering when you’ll feel happy or hopeful again, or you’re worrying about the future and fearing the worst, or maybe you’re struggling with a big change and a sense of who you are; I’d like to help. Being able to talk freely to someone, without fear of judgement or shame, can be a huge relief.
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Harry Toogood
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
I offer therapeutic counselling to adult individuals. I work with issues affecting Mental Health and Wellbeing including • Anxiety • Depression • Stress • Low Mood • Bereavement • Trauma • Relationship Issues • Shame • Identity • Existential Concerns • Boarding School Syndrome. I run a private counselling practice from my own therapy room in Southernhay in central Exeter, Devon as well as offering counselling on the telephone and online via video.
I offer therapeutic counselling to adult individuals. I work with issues affecting Mental Health and Wellbeing including • Anxiety • Depression • Stress • Low Mood • Bereavement • Trauma • Relationship Issues • Shame • Identity • Existential Concerns • Boarding School Syndrome. I run a private counselling practice from my own therapy room in Southernhay in central Exeter, Devon as well as offering counselling on the telephone and online via video.
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Anxiety Counsellors

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.