Peter has always lived in Devon and Cornwall. Served 30 years in the Police before using his life skills in counselling. He spent 3 years as a part-time Registrar conducting Civil Ceremonies across Devon, so he might have married you! (That sounds weird and funny). He enjoys cycling, watersports, gardening, DIY and driving. He's the first man in the UK to receive an educational qualification in Dowsing, studying at Oxford, well more accurately at the W.I. College. He's reared orphan lambs, taken courses in welding, plumbing and basic Polish language. Dzien dobry!.
Peter is a practical, down-to-earth Counsellor and Supervisor, with a realistic approach to what is achievable. He is easy to talk to, enthusiastic, has a sense of humour and people feel comfortable to explore their issues in his sessions. He understands that counselling is not always about finding a solution and solving things, it can also be about understanding yourself and learning how to accept who you are and your circumstances.
He has a useful all-round foundation on which to support his clients. He is also a bereavement counsellor, having many years experience with Cruse Bereavement Care. He has worked as a staff counsellor over 4 years within Occupational Health Departments at both RD&E ExeterandTorbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trusts. Returning as an NHS Bank Counsellor when needed. He regularly supervises other counsellors for a national charity and is in private practice in Topsham.
Peter utilises his life experiences, having worked in the police service at grass-roots through tactical, operational and strategic levels, in roles including staff member, supervisor, and management.
His understanding has enabled clients to see through the mist, bringing clarity to their situations and gain new perspective.
Being a mature male counsellor can bring a different dimension and often breaks down perceived barriers. He has found this particularly helpful counselling victims of domestic and childhood abuse, enabling them to establish trust, and gain new insight. Supporting them with tools and strategies for future self-help.