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Welcome

Welcome to Exeter Counselling and Wellbeing Services: you have taken the first step to finding some help and support.

My name is Elena and I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Please have a look at what I can offer you, and contact me for an informal chat about why you are considering counselling and how we can work together.

People come to counselling for many different reasons, and they don’t all fall into a neat category, but here are some of them:

Low Self Esteem

Relationship difficulties

Family problems

Poor body image/eating disorders

Stress at work

Anger

Emotional numbness

Bereavement

Physical problems leading to depression, incl menopause

Lack of hope or motivation

Depression

Anxieties

Phobias

Self medicating with alcohol or other temporary fixes

Loss—divorce, redundancy, change of circumstances

Struggling with these things alone is the loneliest place. Counselling, also referred to as Talking Therapy, offers you a space to say things that you can’t to anyone else and know that you won’t be judged. When you sit with a therapist, their attention is fully and exclusively for you – this is something that we rarely experience, and is why people often struggle with feelings of not being heard or seen. A counsellor creates the space for you to talk and explore your feelings; what may be going on underneath the feelings and how your life experiences have shaped you. Often we carry distorted messages about ourselves from our past, and the skill of the counsellor is in bringing these into awareness and helping you to discover what is holding you back from being the person you want to be.

To find out more please get in touch with me using the details on the ‘contact’ page

‘I thought counselling was just for people who were having a breakdown. But now I realise that getting help before I got to that point was not weak or a failure, but probably one of the most affirming things I have ever done.’

Whatever is troubling you, talk to me and we will find a way forward.