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Fiona Layton

Professional Counsellor

My name is Fiona Layton.

I am a fully insured professional  Counsellor, member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) who has worked as a Cancer Care Counsellor with the NHS- and now in private practice helping people from all walks of life.

I am trained as a Therapeutic Integrative Counsellor. Building on my rich life experience and solid background have enabled me to give a steadfast capacity to working with difficulties, with warmth and genuiness.

In light of the recent COVID 19 pandemic I am now working via telephone,, Zoom and other online video conferencing platforms.

Do you feel you need some extra support right now and are considering talking to someone professionally?


Talking together can help to clarify things and to find a clear path.  Counselling is a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself, improve your psychological health and feel supported to make positive decisions about your life.



We’re often asked, “How are you?” but how often do we have the time to really answer, let alone know how we truly feel?


It may be that you are feeling lost, confused, or stuck in your life and do not know which way to turn? You might be feeling overwhelmed by your feelings or unsure how you feel at all.  These are very common experiences that can be helped by counselling.


In a therapy session, we would take time to see how you really are and for you to feel supported and cared for. Coming for therapy can be a reliable way of improving your mental health, creating stability in your mind and strengthening how you feel about yourself through building your confidence.


Life is so busy. Giving yourself time each week to have counselling may feel like a luxury, but most people really appreciate and value a peaceful space away from the demands of their lives to talk in private. Here you can receive psychological care uniquely personal to you.


I welcome you to contact me, to see if counselling can be of help to you.

General overview of work areas:


  • Abuse

  • Affairs and Betrayals

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Management

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying- at any age

  • Cancer related issues

  • Carer’s issues

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression

  • Disabilities

  • Divorce and separation

  • Domestic violence

  • Emotional abuse

  • Family issues

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Grief

  • Isolation- e.g. new to an area

  • Low self-esteem

  • Miscarriage

  • Panic disorder

  • Physical abuse

  • Postnatal depression

  • Pregnancy and birth

  • Relationship issues

  • Retirement

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Self-harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Sexuality

  • Spirituality

  • Stress

  • Social Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Work-related stress

First of all Fiona is very approachable and accommodating, initial contact was responded to promptly and I felt very at ease straight away... Would definitely recommend if you are experiencing emotional difficulties, or facing a sort of crossroads in your life. The rate at which I made progress was rapid and hasn't waned like it would with a one-off session. Thank you so much for your help! It has been life changing.

Client Testimonial


Specializing in Anxiety Therapy,

Depression and Relationships


Anxiety can make you see life worse than it really is and can prevent you from being able to do everyday tasks and even wanting to go out of your house. When we experience stress our 'fight or flight' system turns on, it's like an internal brain-warning alert that is made to protect us from harm in the wild.


Unlike moments of feeling sad, depression affects your daily life, making it hard for you to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities. Some days you may find it impossible to get out of bed, while other days you may feel more able to go about your normal daily tasks.


Relationships for many people  bring an important source of love, support and advice, for others, it may not come so easily. Happy, strong relationships need time and effort. But sometimes these connections break down, leaving a person feeling lonely, sad and lost.

Cancer Related

So many people nowadays have been touched by cancer at some time in their lives either for themselves or know someone who has been.   Just being diagnosed with cancer can bring all sorts of difficulties and painful feelings, whether it is your self a relative or friend.   Trauma, shock, grief and fear may be some of the feelings you may be experiencing right now.


Having a traumatic experience or witnessing some traumatic event can create a huge effect on your emotional well-being.   Psychological trauma is normally occurs after a one traumatic event or many events that happen over time.  Not everyone will react in the same way it depends on your emotional experience of the event. For some this can leave them feeling totally overwhelmed and unable to cope.  Reactions like this are normal though even if they seem unusual.


If you have just experienced a death of someone close to you, you may be finding the changes to your life difficult to adjust to right now. To accept to a reality without your loved one can be very hard.   Many find grief to be painful and our losses can effect all dimensions of our life.

People react in different ways to loss. Anxiety and helplessness often come first.


Mindfulness gives you time.


Time gives you choices.


Choices, skillfully made,


lead to freedom

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Exeter, Bristol, London

0744 364 7604

Fiona Layton

Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling

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