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Meet our team of dedicated counsellors

Respect, empathy, honesty and understanding are the foundations for building an effective therapeutic relationship. Having the right counsellor is pivotal. With 30 plus counsellors working together here at Simply Counselling, we are able to offer a choice of female and male counsellors of various ages, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Each of our dedicated counsellors have been carefully selected for their unique strengths and experience. Our counsellors are hand-picked for their experience, empathy and professionalism.

Whatever you need to talk about, Simply Counselling is here to listen. Our counsellors are on hand to help you find the right solutions to become a lighter, brighter and stronger you. Meet the team and see who the right counsellor might be to accompany you into your future…

ML
I am the CEO and founder. In 2006 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to set up Simply Counselling supported by a cohort of counsellors as I felt strongly that counselling should be accessible to everyone from all walks of life who needed it.

I believe that everyone is uniquely themselves and often we are too busy to understand what we need and want in order to function well; counselling gives us the opportunity to explore and understand ourselves better so that we can feel more at ease in our skin, and the opportunity to reach our full potential. I specialise in Couple and Family work as well as long-term counselling with an individual. I have many years of experience working with a diverse range of people many of whom have had deep seated trauma and I feel deeply moved / honoured / privileged witnessing their courage and commitment to changing their lives. This is a great change from owning a laundry business in Greece!
ML
Elly
I'm passionate about creating safe and freeing spaces. Life can be a painful, confusing and frightening process, but I believe we all have an innate capacity to get to know the parts of ourselves that need attention, understanding and comfort. I work soulfully and creatively; honouring clients' ability to know what they need therapeutically.
Elly
Richard
I am here to offer you a pause and to listen and to provide you with a safe and accepting environment. I have around 20 years’ experience in the medical sector, and in the last 5 years I have found myself drawn to counselling and psychology. At 6 ft 2, some describe me as a gentle giant, and I can offer you a secure and grounded space in which we can meet, and I can get to know you and what has brought you to counselling. I am hopeful that our time together will help you to unlock your barriers and to find acceptance, direction and a way forward.
Richard
Jayne
I have been a counsellor since 2007 and been with Simply for 10 years. I am a mental health supported living manager and have a passion in what I do. I have a wealth of experience in counselling, includes working in a school setting and have experience of working with a range of mental health issues - autism, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and complex issues as well as domestic abuse and working with carers. 
Jayne
Chris
The desire for change, either from the difficulties of a sudden crisis, or more long-term feelings of discomfort, low self-esteem, anxiety or depression can be very powerful. We can easily get lost in the chaos of our thoughts and feelings and counselling can be an effective way of gaining clarity. I believe that we all know what we need in order to achieve a greater sense of well-being and counselling can help us to tune into and listen to that inner wisdom. I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I have learnt a number of different ways of working and so can tailor your sessions to suit your individual needs.
Chris
Milica
I have been practising as a counsellor for 2 years in Plymouth and Cornwall after many years working as a primary school teacher in Cornwall and Oxford. My counselling philosophy is profoundly Person Centred – I believe that within every single one of us there is the potential for change for the better. I have experienced it personally and it has been an absolute privilege to witness it in others.
Milica
Sara
I am a yoga and breathwork teacher and facilitator base in SW Devon and Integrative Counsellor. I use all the skills I have learned in training across multiple holistic modalities to hold a safe, non-judgemental and grounded space for clients, where they can bring and explore whatever they need, to help them move forward toward a more settled and empowered place. 
Sara
Ania
I offer a warm, non-judgmental and safe counselling space. I am driven by learning and curiosity and started my counselling journey with a B.Sc in Psychology before studying Integrative Counselling. One of my favourite quotes is from the relationship expert Esther Perel who says “The quality of your life ultimately depends on the quality of your relationships”. This is also true for therapy and my philosophy is grounded in creating a trusting relationship with the client at the centre. I am truly passionate about what I do and I always feel honoured when people share their stories with me and we work together through whatever difficulties and challenges you are facing.
Ania
Grace
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means I draw on several models of therapy in my practice. My work with clients includes issues around sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic abuse, anger management and troubled relationships. My approach is collaborative, non-judgmental and supportive. I take my lead from my clients, believing that they are the experts in themselves and that it's my job to work with each person in the way that suits her/him/them best. I have seen how effective counselling can be and feel honoured to be part of that therapeutic journey.
Grace
Amanda J
I am a warm and compassionate person, who is open minded and down to earth. 

I understand that life can be difficult and often make no sense. This can often lead to feeling stuck, sad, angry or depressed, preventing you from living the life you wish for. Sometimes there are things we want to say, feel and think, but think we have no one or nowhere to turn. I offer a safe, professional and non-judgemental space where all are welcome.
Amanda J
Susy
Everyone has a right to know that  they are seen, heard and belong. It's my hope that if you choose to have counselling with me, you will come to experience this. I have lived in Devon since 2011 and started training to become a counsellor in 2016. I am now trained at Level 5, meaning I can work with clients at greater depth. I aim to offer you a safe space to explore whatever you would like to bring. I like to ensure that you and your needs are at the centre of our work and am always happy to review this with you whenever you would like. As well as traditional talking therapy, I  like to  offer alternative ways of working such as sand-tray, working with pictures/metaphor or drawing. I have experience in working with a range of issues, from domestic abuse to complex grief. I offer a space for everyone  and i have particular experience with transgender  issues. I look forward to getting to know you.
Susy
Caroline
Hi, my name is Caroline. My approach to therapy is that I believe that many people could do with a little extra support at some point in their lives and this is where counselling can help. Together we can work through the challenges you face and carve out a future which feels more manageable, hopeful and bright.
Caroline
Lizzie
Hi I'm Lizzie (she/they), I am an integrative counsellor and I work with anxiety, low mood, identity, trauma and abuse in adults and young people. I am proudly part of the LGBTQIA+ community and welcome the diversity of people's identities, relationships, emotions and experiences.
Lizzie
Carole P
My journey into being a counsellor began when I personally had counselling. Curious as to why it had helped me, I began studying many of the various methodologies, which is reflected in my integrative work with my clients. I offer a warm, friendly, safe space in which to explore whatever is troubling you, the session time is yours... Having worked at Simply since 2009, I have found that every session is as unique as my clients, whether as an individual or as a couple.
Carole P
Vivienne
I am a person centred based, integrative counsellor and I can offer a safe, supportive, confidential space to explore life’s challenging situations and feelings.
I feel counselling can be an opportunity for growth and change.  A chance to examine thoughts and feelings that we may have carried for years, and which may no longer be appropriate to who we are now.  In the process bringing us a clearer understanding of ourselves and enabling us to become more congruent and centred.
Vivienne
Jodie
My clients are right at the heart of the work we do together. I am a positive, warm person dedicated to putting the needs of my clients first. I offer genuineness, empathy and a space to explore the difficulties in your life which are affecting your wellbeing, without fear of judgement.
Jodie
Kelly
My name is Kelly and I am an integrative counsellor in my final year of training. I work in a secondary school by day as a well-being key-worker, supporting and educating young people on feelings of anxiety and ways in which they can manage and understand their own experiences, recognise their own sign posts and explore tools to free themselves when they are ready. I am fascinated by the mind, the power of thoughts on the body and emotions and the effects it has in our daily lives. I work in person centred counselling, CBT and mindfulness, as well as solution focused practices tailored by you. “We are more than our current perspective suggests”.
Kelly
Jo
My name is Jo Armstrong, I am an integrative Counsellor combining different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the client. I have worked as a Counsellor at Simply for nine years and latterly as a Supervisor. Counselling is my passion and I feel privileged to have worked with a diverse range of clients over the years. I offer a safe, warm and supportive environment and my natural intuitive ability and creativity serve the therapeutic process.
Jo
Shannon
My journey to becoming a counsellor began shortly after I graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree (2:1). In 2018 I began my counselling training and in 2020 I joined Simply Counselling.

I am an integrative counsellor and a strong believer that one size does not fit all when it comes to counselling. Therefore, I will slightly adapt my approach depending on the client's individual needs. I offer a safe, inclusive, non-judgemental, and healing space for clients to work through areas they wish to explore.
Shannon
Michaela
My name is Michaela. As a mother and businesswoman with a wealth of lived experience, I understand that often trying to balance the demands of life, family, relationships and work can become overwhelming.

I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you will be listened to as you talk about your concerns and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In this way you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others, which in turn can allow change to come about. I am in the final stage of my training as an integrative counsellor and will work together with you in a way that best suits your needs.
Michaela
Carla
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor with experience of working with clients who have experienced a range of issues including trauma, abuse, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety, stress, and depression. My goal is to respond to your individual needs through the therapeutic relationship where I offer realness and an empathic, non-judgemental response to whatever difficulties you are experiencing. This relational foundation supports therapeutic progress and creates a space where your individual experience will be witnessed with compassion, and the difficulties you are experiencing can be challenged and overcome with care and sensitivity.
Carla
Karen
I am a very caring and compassionate person, genuinely curious about people and interested in understanding where they are coming from. I am passionate about using counselling as a way to explore the difficulties life presents to us, to be with difficult feelings or situations and to empower change if it is needed.
Karen
Lilian
My transition into counselling started with my own personal need to understand myself. Over 15 years ago, I felt that something was missing in my life. Counselling helped me to explore different aspects of it; heal some of my past wounds and led me into training to become an integrative counsellor. My approach aims to create a safe space where clients can explore different issues and find their best ways forward.
Lilian
Caleb
I believe simply being heard and understood is hugely beneficial, providing a platform for self-discovery, reflection and change. Being naturally gentle and warm with much life experience of my own, I look to provide a safe space where clients can explore their feelings without fear of judgement. I enjoy the process of building a therapeutic relationship and witnessing the positive impact of counselling, whether it be short term or long term work.
Caleb
Jess
I studied at the Iron Mill College as an integrative counsellor, which means I can apply a range of approaches with clients according to their needs.

Whilst I live in England, I am born and bred in Scotland and have always lived by the sea.

I live with two dogs, a fluffy ginger Chow Chow and a St Bernard. I also have 5 guinea pigs. I absolutely love animals and would love to have a whole house of St Bernards but they need LOTS of walking and there are far too many hills in this city.
Jess
Emma
Life brings with it a variety of challenges, pressures, expectations and uncertainties, and under the weight of all this you may struggle to feel like yourself or the person you want to be. I've been in that place myself and it can make you feel overwhelmed, lost, and confused about what to do or who to turn to. I can offer a safe, reflective space away from the outside world where you can gain clarity and express yourself authentically without judgement or expectation. I believe that each person has the right and ability to thrive as the unique individual they are so I work to create a counselling experience that is essentially for and about you and your needs. I have a degree and keen interest in Psychology and have years of experience working as a Person-Centred counsellor with a variety of mental difficulties and relationship problems. Outside of counselling I love travelling, dancing, walking and losing myself in a good book or movie.
Emma
Marianne
I’ve been living in Devon for over 20 years and have raised my two children here.

My aim is to create a safe space for deep listening so that you can truly be heard and seen.

Looking at the patterns in your life and stress responses and finding the things that help you to feel more resourced and supported.
Marianne
Kerry
Hi, I'm Kerry, I am a Person Centered Counsellor. I believe that everyone has the right to be heard and I offer a safe, non judgemental space to be able to do that. I started my journey to become a counsellor in 2017 and feel honoured to be a part of my clients' journeys. I have worked with clients through anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, trauma and a variety of other difficulties.
Kerry
Catherine
Hi I’m Catherine, a student counsellor who is passionate and experienced in working with a person-centred approach.

I offer a safe, welcoming and compassionate space with no judgement about what we discuss. We will work at your pace and explore whatever you choose to share. Together we will gain some understanding and clarity about what you’re experiencing and talk about how you might like to feel differently.

I have experience working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress, relationship issues and much more. I have also supported military veterans in outdoor therapy.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time wildlife watching or in the sea.
Catherine
Beth (Admin)
Hi! I'm Beth and I have worked in the Admin office here at Simply since 2018. I have a passion for counselling and mental health and I am undertaking my counselling training alongside my work in the office. I have two dogs, a French Bulldog called Frank and a miniature Dachsund called Ruby, who keep me very entertained!
Beth (Admin)
Beatrice (Admin)
Hi, I’m the Senior Administrator here at Simply and love working in support of both the clients and the counsellors. There are always challenges of an office-style but that’s all part of the rich tapestry of life!  Outside the office I love dance, reading and have a new found craze for yoga.
Beatrice (Admin)