Many years ago, Shirley developed an interest in holistic health and worked in the voluntary sector alongside people who were recovering from illness, trauma or at the end of life.  During this time, she recognised the need for good listening skills and subsequently went on to train as a Counsellor having undertaken her own personal therapy journey.

Shirley works non-judgmentally with warmth, empathy and understanding. She has a calm, gentle and caring approach.

She specialises in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling, a client led talking therapy which focuses on emotions rather than the mind only. She uses a range of gentle techniques to help you uncover, explore and express painful emotions to bring about positive change. This effective therapeutic approach supports you to face and understand difficulties in your life, make appropriate changes and move forward feeling stronger, happier and more content.

Shirley is a professionally trained. fully qualified and insured, National Counselling Society Accredited Counsellor in private practice. She is a practising member of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling and abides by their Code of Conduct and Ethics. She adheres to regular supervision and continual professional development She holds an Advanced Diploma in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling and has a DBS Certificate ( previously known as a CRB certificate ). She is a 'dissociation-friendly therapist'.


Shirley works with young people, adults, older adults and couples in various locations throughout Devon and Somerset including Taunton, Chard, Ilminster and Honiton. She offers flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments. The counselling sessions are confidential and take place in a safe environment, Therapy goes at your own pace. There are no rules regarding number or frequency of sessions.

Shirley offers a free 30 minute, no obligation first consultation which gives you time to talk about your needs and to find out more about Emotional Therapeutic Counselling.

For peace of mind it is important to seek a counsellor on a professional register. This short video produced by The National Counselling Society explains more.


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