Lucie Hollingsworth, MBACP, MNCS (Accred)
Welcome, I am a qualified counsellor covering Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Exeter and Dawlish.
Covid 19 update: Zoom or telephone sessions available
I am not currently offering face to face counselling sessions but am continuing to provide individuals with support via telephone or Zoom. I have worked successfully online and by telephone since April 2020.
In other times I work from my counselling room in Teignmouth - close to Newton Abbot, Exeter and Dawlish.
Please do get in touch if you are seeking a therapist in the Exeter, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth or Dawlish area.
Why come to me?
I am a MBACP registered counsellor, I work with intuition, warmth and awareness. I have worked with clients experiencing anger; anxiety; low self-esteem; life purpose; depression; spiritual development and loss. I am here to support you in finding your way home to yourself.
Whatever has brought you to look at my page, I can offer reassurance that we will work together to compassionately explore the issues you bring. Taking the first step to seek counselling can feel scary; overwhelming; daunting; exciting and empowering, thank you for taking this first step.
People seek counselling for lots of different reasons and may benefit in different ways. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or have low mood, or you might not really know what is wrong - just that something is. You may be experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or you may be seeking more balance in your life.
I understand the importance of feeling comfortable and at ease with your therapist. I am human too, I will offer you empathy, I won’t judge you and will always be real with you. I will not tell you what to do but together we can work to build your trust in your inner strength and knowledge.
I incorporate mindfulness techniques into my sessions, when appropriate, and also work with clients to explore and deepen their trust in their own inner self. This quote from Rumi is beautifully simple and speaks of connection with that inner self.
If you feel you are ready to reach out and explore what is troubling you then I can join you on that journey and walk beside you.
I have worked with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, relationship breakdown, affairs and betrayals, bereavement, anger, loneliness, stress, childhood trauma and abuse as well as finding purpose and passion in life.
I believe my clients are the experts on themselves so I ensure we have an equality in our therapeutic relationship. We will work together to explore your inner thoughts, issues and feelings at your own pace. As your therapist, I will facilitate your growth and be there with you on your journey. I believe the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of growth and enables clients to explore what is stopping them reaching their full potential.
Anxiety is caused by our natural fight or flight response. You might feel butterflies in your stomach, a sense of dizziness or it might interfer with your sleep. Understanding the causes of your anxiety can then help identify ways to address it and alleviate your symptoms.
Depression can affect us in lots of different ways, it can range from feelings of low mood, tiredness, loss of appetite, and loss of motivation to feeling irritable and angry. There are many and varied causes including bereavement; relationship breakdown or a change in your life such as redundancy or menopause. Sometimes there might not be an immediately obvious reason.
Low Self Esteem
Our self esteem can be affected by our childhood, family or relationships. We may take on negative beliefs about ourselves which then impact our feelings of self worth and lead to feelings of inadequacy. Exploring how you feel about yourself and what had led to these feelings is the starting point to improving self esteem and self worth.
Stress is a normal human response and can help to motivate us, it is caused by the release of cortisol in reaction to feeling scared, threatened or under pressure for whatever reason. It can lead to us feeling overwhelmed and overloaded. You may experience headaches, become irritable, find it hard to make decisions or feel like you are losing confidence. Working together we can identify the root causes of your stress and discover small changes you can make to your daily routine that can help the feelings of stress decrease.
January Selected Article
This Counselling Directory Article explores the societal grief experienced by us during the Covid 19 pandemic. There are some really useful self-care tips and it gives us an understanding of why we might be feeling emotionally exhausted.
February Selected Article
This British Psychological Society Article gives some great guidance on how to be a good listener. Some useful tips on how to support friends and family by being a listening ear.
March Selected Article
This Cognoscenti Article gives great insight into why we might be feeling anxiety at the sign of lifting of restrictions. Many of us have got used to the routine and safety of the restrictions and feel somewhat protected from the exposure to Coronovirus. We have been living under chronic stress for the last year and the recovery may feel overwhelming.
April Selected Article
This Psychology Today Article written by Glenn Geher Ph.D. (Darwin's Subterranean World) describes how despite the enormous catastrophe that has been Covid 19, humanity has shown its resourcefulness and there have been some positives arising from the pain.
May Selected Article
This Psychology Today Article written by Noam Shpancer, Ph.D from Otterbein University reflects on how to gain emotional mastery. The article outlines tools such as pursuing accurate thoughts to acceptance of emotions and facing our fears and challenges.
MBACP (Registered) & MNCS (Accredited)
A professionally qualified counsellor, I am a Registered Member of BACP (MBACP) and an Accredited Registered Member of National Counselling Society MNCS (Accred).
If you are seeking a counsellor near to Newton Abbot; Teignmouth; Exeter or Dawlish then please do get in touch.