What is counselling?

Counselling offers you a supportive and confidential space in which you can explore any difficulties and issues that may be present in your life at the moment or from your past. Counselling offers the opportunity to recognise and change unhealthy patterns, and to create new and healthy ways of thinking and being, in your life. It is a chance to explore difficulties, distresses or dissatisfactions with life and enables you to identify and build upon your own resources in order to help you to see your circumstances with a new clarity or from a different viewpoint.

How can counselling help me?

Counselling can help individuals and couples to work through a variety of difficulties or problems. People seek counselling for many reasons, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Anger
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Phobias
  • Bullying
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-confidence
  • Gender issues
  • Sexuality
  • Self-image
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Abuse
Also countless other reasons including dissatisfaction, pressures or stress associated with work-life, home-life or life in general. Counselling will give you the opportunity to share these issues in a safe and non-judgemental environment, where your counsellor will respect your individuality and enable you to work through the issues you bring in a way that best suits you. The past cannot be changed, but how you feel about it and how it affects you today, can.

What does a counsellor do?

A counsellor will not tell you what to do or give you advice, they will however listen unconditionally and facilitate your healing process by helping you to realise that you have choices, which can lead to change. A counsellor will listen to you with respect and not make judgements, whilst enabling you to unpick and explore difficulties and concerns with someone who has no other role in your life. A counsellor will walk alongside and support you on your journey rather than leading you, although they may occasionally offer you the suggestion of different routes.

Ways we work


Gestalt Therapy, is an existential, experiential therapy and centres on the individual's experience in the here and now, the therapist-client relationship, the contexts in which these things take place, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of the situation. Gestalt Therapy is holistic and emphasizes personal responsibility.

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.
Fritz Perls

Body Process

Body Process Psychotherapy is based on the work of Reich, Pierrakos, Dychwald and Lowen among others. It works on the principle that our experiences are captured in the character of our bodies as we go through our lives. In becoming aware of these character structures a person can begin to release trapped energies and harness those energies for use in more productive ways such as creativity and self development.

6 Category Intervention Analysis

Six Category Intervention Analysis as developed by John Heron identifies six base categories of intentions and ways of relating or intervening with another person. Each category is appropriately refined into many specific behaviours.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure.


Sometimes clients find talking directly about things difficult or awkward. Using the medium of sand (and various objects to make 'scenes') with both adults and children allows exploration of these issues in a way that many people describe as relaxing and easy. With the guidance of the therapist, the client is sometimes encouraged to describe their scene, or explore the story that emerges in the sand. Often clients have been surprised and amazed by the things that become apparent in the sand tray, learning about an aspect of themselves, their relationships or their lives, that was unclear before.

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About James & Jane



Jane Link opens in a new tab or window is a counsellor who works privately with individuals and couples in her private practice. She has previously worked as a counsellor for the NHS and as the counselling co-ordinator for the Childrens Society in Torquay.

James Link opens in a new tab or window offers counselling and psychotherapy privately to individuals, couples & groups and offers clinical supervision to other therapists and professionals, he also previously worked as a therapist within the NHS and now helps run the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy affordable counselling agency.

James & Jane run various workshops together and also helped to set up and run the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy's Link opens in a new tab or window affordable counselling agency.

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