What is it like working with me?

 I work with warmth, empathy and understanding to provide you with an authentic, safe space in therapy.  When you allow me to listen to and share the difficulties you may be experiencing, we create a space together that enables you to feel comfortable, safe and truly understood.   This space becomes the ground from which you can explore the causes and way forward through your current difficulties, breaking free of unhealthy thought processes, behaviour patterns, and belief systems, and creating relief, healing, empowerment and peace.

I also have a particular passion for working with those wishing to, or embarking on a self development, spiritual, authentic living journey.


I have first hand experience and understanding of the benefits of therapy for anxiety, childhood trauma, grief, emotional regulation and self development. My personal journey through, what included a difficult childhood, challenging family relationships and 10 years of motherhood, is what inspired me to work in the emotional/spiritual and mental health space. Along with my academic studies, professional training and therapeutic experience, have allowed me to have the insight, capability, psychological: neurological and biological understanding, empathy, passion and dedication to help others.

I work predominantly with, but not limited to: those experiencing;
Childhood trauma
Low self-esteem
Relationship problems
Family struggles
Grief and Loss

I also have a particular passion for working with those wishing to, or who have started embarking on a self development, spiritual, authentic living journey.

Drawing upon a variety of therapeutic approaches such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion focused therapy, Person Centred psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt psychotherapy, and Mindfulness based therapies.


How can I begin counselling?

How I will support you

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

You may feel nervous about contacing me, but please don't worry

- I want to help you find the support you need. I do understand that making the first contact can seem like a big step and it may have been on your mind for a while.

You are very welcome to be in contact with me by email or by phone.

When you get in touch with me you can ask me any question you'd like answered and I also will ask you a little about yourself - why you are considering support and when would be a good time for you to meet for regular sessions in the week .  Looking at when we are both potentially free is a good way to start.  Then we can decide if meeting up in person is our next step. This would be for an introductory session.

In this session it is a good chance for you to decide whether I could be the right therapist for you.

The introductory session lasts one hour and gives us enough time to discuss the opportunity to work together in more detail.

Counselling offers a special relationship that is private and professional. How long you wish to have counselling for is flexible and something I can help you to decide.



How long will I need?



After we have met for a first “getting-to-know-each-other” Introductory session, I will suggest we make a commitment to have 6 weekly sessions together. This allows me to understand more about what is going on for you and for you to start feeling supported. On the 6th session we will have an informal review, where we decide if it feels right to continue.  This can then be in an open-ended way, with ongoing reviews when appropriate.


It is up to you how many sessions you have. I work with people on a weekly basis. I have found that people often want to work with me for some months, as they find it very beneficial and can see change happening.


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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