Wildpath Therapy and Counselling
BACP registered counsellor
Therapy and Counselling in Sidmouth, Exeter and Devon
In Person, Online and Telephone Therapy, Coaching and Ecotherapy
My name is Anna Ferris and I am a BACP registered Therapist in Sidmouth, Devon.
I offer therapy, counselling and coaching in Sidmouth and ecotherapy in outdoor settings in East Devon.
I completed my training as an Integrative Counsellor at UWE Bristol in 2011 and have a background in social work and mental health. I currently combine my private practice with my role as a Wellbeing Consultant at Exeter University. Over the past 20 years I have also worked in the charity sector as well as in local authority and NHS settings. I bring this wealth of experience to my therapy and coaching work.
I offer telephone and online sessions as well as face to face work both indoors and outdoors (walk and talk and Ecotherapy). I provide a free 30 minute introductory telephone session for new clients. Please call or email me to book. I follow BACP and government guidance for working safely face to face during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Sometimes it can be helpful to step back from the challenges in your life and to take some time to talk things through.
Therapy and Counselling provide a space where you can be listened to, validated and understood. You can explore past and present difficulties at your own pace with compassion and support. Whatever brings you to seek support at this time, a warm, accepting and supportive therapy relationship can give you the opportunity to bring unconscious patterns of thinking and feelings into awareness. If you are met with kindness in this process you will be able to meet yourself with increasing compassion, clarity and acceptance.
Confidentiality, respect and trust are key elements in a therapeutic relationship and it is important to find the right therapist for the way you are and for what you need right now in your life.
On the following pages you can find out more about me and the way I work. If you feel that this resonates with you please contact me to arrange a free 30 minute telephone consultation and we can explore working together.
Therapy and Counselling
‘It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.’
Integrative Therapy is a flexible and inclusive approach to therapy that is grounded in the humanistic tradition. The focus is on client self-development, growth and responsibility within a genuine, accepting and empathic relationship between client and therapist. A humanistic philosophy underpins all of the work I do including my ecotherapy work.
My aim is to help you to develop strength, creativity and choice in how you address your problems in the here and now. I believe that in spite of temporary difficulties where we may become stuck, through self-exploration and self-awareness we all have the potential for growth and change.
As an integrative therapist I believe that therapy is not a 'one size fits all' approach. In our work together I will take the time to learn about you and your individual preferences, beliefs and needs. I will suggest ways for us to work together drawing on a range of therapeutic styles which may be as a single combined approach throughout the work or using different approaches at different phases of the therapy.
How I can help
‘If you allow yourself to be the person you are then everything will come into rhythm.’
The variety of different talking therapies on offer can seem confusing and it is a perfectly valid question to ask, ‘Which one is for me?’
I offer therapy in Sidmouth using an integrative and holistic approach. I am able to draw upon a range of theories and techniques in my work with you. This offers a flexible way of working as I can tailor my approach to meet your individual needs and preferences. I offer both face-to-face and online sessions for both therapy and coaching.
Whichever way we choose to work together, I will hold a deep respect for you and the difficulties that you have brought to the therapy. I will offer a safe and confidential space where you will be listened to with care, acceptance and full attention. You will have the opportunity to explore your current or past issues at your own pace, to reflect and to discover what may be hidden from your awareness. I will offer you support and encouragement to move through any difficult feelings and to help you towards clarity, compassion and acceptance.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues including;
Work related problems
Sexual Abuse and Trauma
Physical Health and Disability
Bereavement and Loss
Issues around Self-Fulfilment and Self Esteem
Finding life direction
Coaching in Sidmouth and online.
‘Coaching is an opportunity for you to get clarity on the direction you want your life to be heading. Coaching is about looking forwards, understanding blocks and resistance and then building on existing strengths in order to develop effective approaches to your work, relationships and wellbeing. Using a range of powerful tools, I can help you to take the action needed to make the changes you want in your life.
During the sessions I will support you to set intentions, to challenge yourself and be held accountable to help you to overcome blocks, build your confidence and resilience to move forwards and become more aligned with what really matters to you.