What is it like working with me?

I would seek to support and empower you along your journey to find your own confidence, knowledge and awareness and learn to reconnect to this.  Counselling offers a special relationship that is private and professional.  This is your space where you can feel open to talk freely in a non-judgemental heart warming enviroment. 


Our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations are all connected and tell us a lot about ourselves and through them we can discover an inner wisdom.  I will work with you to notice and recoginise these, allow, investigate and begin to no longer identify with negative or harmful emotions. Helping you to develop healthier ways of connecting with yourself. This can support you to feel better and to thrive.

I will help you to 'get out of your head' and feel your way into your body and emotions, being able to read the body's signs to allow you to gain insight and thereby help you to connect to yourself and others.

This process of connecting to yourself and listening inwardly can be helpful in many ways. It can support you to make clearer decisions in your life and allow you to reconnect to a truer sense of who you are and what you need. This is often called 'mindfulness' and is recognised within the NHS and stress treatment programs around the world, as significantly contributing to improved mental health.

Fiona tailors the counselling experience to each individual or couple's unique strengths, needs, and circumstances. She draws from a wide range of psychological theories and healing modalities, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and mindful self-compassion, somatic experiencing, trauma resiliency, transactional analysis, transpersonal therapy, emotionally focused therapy and relational gestalt.


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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