Ray Bruce Counselling and Psychotherapy for Couples and Individuals
Barnstaple, North Devon

Qualifications and Experience.

I work from an integrative perspective which means my training involved looking at a variety of theories and approaches to Psychotherapy. They all have something to offer the therapeutic relationship as it is the nature of the problem, the personality of the client and the setting of the therapy that determines the approach. This allows me to be responsive and flexible to a specific situation in the therapy session and helps to tailor the delivery of psychotherapy/counselling to the needs of the client within a particular context.

As my client you are an individual and your concerns and issues that you bring are unique to you. You may wish to talk about your current situation or something of your past. There is no set pace at which we work but if you feel you need to set goals with a certain life situation that is fine too. The session is yours to use as you wish.

Sometimes it may help you to look inwardly to see where or what it is you are feeling with relation to your situation at the present moment. I can help you to access those inner feelings in a calm, gentle and non-judgemental way.

When we meet for the first time we will discuss what has brought you to seek counselling and for you to decide if I am the right person with whom to explore you problems.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (bacp) and adhere to their code of ethics.
I offer short term and long term counselling.
I have the required level of insurance.

I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor Psychotherapist. I am registered on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

What is the BACP Register

The BACP Register is the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a new scheme by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament.
The scheme means that members of the public can now choose a counsellor or psychotherapist that belongs to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I have listed in date order, the most recent first, all of my training credentials. My main qualification is a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling 2008.

Professional Qualifications:

Completion of a two year specialist post-graduate training in Creative Couple Work and Relationship Therapy May 2014
Two day introduction to Solution Focused Practice June 2013
CPD Certificate: Attachment from Cradle to Grave June 2012
BACP Certificate of Proficiency March 2012
CPD Certificate: Healing the Wounds, Exploring our Inner Child March 2012
CPD Certificate in Working with Shame and Self-esteem May 2011
Post Graduate Certificate in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy June 2010
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling July 2009.
Primary Certificate in CBT June 2009
Certificate in Bereavement Training 2008
Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling-awarded Feb 2007

My counselling experience includes working in Private Practice since June 2009 and my work for The Terence Higgins Trust,Cruse Bereavement Care and Brent Bereavement Services.My most recent work was part of the Counselling and Emotional Support Team at The Coroners Inquests into the 7/7 London Bombings.

Personal Approach:

Integrative,Humanistic,Gestalt,Focusing,Psychodynamic,Person Centered.

I can also offer Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

What is Focusing?
Focusing is a kind of inward bodily attention that we have naturally, but which most people don't yet know. It is a way of getting a body sense-this is called a felt sense of how you are in a particular life situation. This is unclear and vague at first, but if you pay attention it will open up into words or images that often will lead to small steps of change, action and new thoughts.


This bodily Felt Sense isn't just getting in touch with your feelings. The "felt sense" is a fuzzy, implied, but not yet formed inner bodily knowing for the precise correct next step in living.

It is a special way of sensing mind-body unity.

When we are troubled by tension around a life issue, our body holds within it meanings which are the healing, life giving pathways. By tapping into this energy source, you can discover a key to what isn't clear about a personal problem or situation. Your body knows how to give birth to it's next creative step, if you can only be with it's natural process of doing so.







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