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My name is Karen Black and I founded Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC at the end of 2016.
I felt compelled to do more to help the many people in North Devon that I was both seeing and hearing about who were coming forward to talk about their sexual abuse. This included men and women.
My whole life’s work and nearly 35 years training and experience enable me to offer you an authentic and responsive service. I have worked as a Metropolitan Police Officer (as a specially trained Sexual Offences Investigation Officer); in addiction rehabilitation centres; Women’s' refuges; family assessment centres and in private practice as a therapist. This allows me to work sensitively with a vast array of issues that people who have been subject to offences of sexual violation frequently suffer from as a result of their trauma.
I consider myself to be a professional and warm counsellor. My core training is 'person centred' which means that you are at the heart of everything we do. You are in the driving seat and the agenda is yours.
I undergo regular CPD (continual professional development) and have a vested interest in learning all I can about trauma and the body. I am additionally trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), telephone work and as a couples counsellor. I am also a supervisor of other therapists.
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and am fully insured, hold a current DBS and am registered with ICO(Information Commissioners Office).
I identify as being a 'survivor' myself.
Please get in contact if you have any questions about the project.
Founder & CEO Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC
My name is Joanna Farhan and I joined Survivors Alliance North Devon in Dec 2016.
I am passionate about supported people who have experienced sexual trauma.
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor at level 5. This model of counselling is very relational. We work together at your pace. To explore how your past has impacted the present. I aim to offer you a safe/non-judgemental space for you to work through your history.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their code of ethics. Insured through FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) as I am also a body work therapist and healer with over 18 years experience. I use my knowledge of the body and healing techniques in counselling where appropriate; giving you more resources for self help in your daily life.
I undergo regular CPD (Continued Professional Development) in working with Trauma and Spirituality, which can play a vital role in the healing process. I hold a current DBS and am registered with ICO (Information Commissioner's Office).
I have worked and trained with DRCS(Devon Rape Crisis Service) offering face/face and telephone support. Eddystone,a charity that supports people with HIV both as a body therapist and counsellor and at NDADA, (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) supporting survivors of both physical and sexual abuse. Allowing me to work deeply with sensitive trauma and shame.
I identify as a 'Survivor' myself.
Director and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
A sexual abuse survivor, Russell Dawson, is bringing a support group for male victims to North Devon, the group is called moMENtum.
A support group founded by a sexual abuse survivor is joining forces with a successful counselling service to bring care and help to North Devon victims.
Russell Dawson now lives in Braunton but co-founded moMENtum, a peer support group for non-offending adult male survivors of child sexual abuse, when he was based in Exeter.
The 48-year-old was a victim of recently-released North Devon paedophile policeman Danny Bryant, and said working with the group for the past five years had helped him when he was struggling with life and with mental health problems.
Russell said: “There is help out there, it’s difficult to access sometimes, especially for male survivors. Finding the safe way of getting that help is important. If something bad happens when they first disclose what has happened they are likely to just shut down again and not get help.Please contact Russell on 07773 151080 and leave a message,
My name is Jasmine Randall, I am a therapist working in private practice, I’m also very proud to be working with SANDS as a counsellor. I believe passionately we all deserve the right and opportunity of ‘recovery’ from our history and to live a full and rich life.
All my training has been through Tower House Counselling, last year I completed advanced Dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling level 5 which I believe gave me the depth I was looking for in my private practice and counselling work.
Whilst in training my first placement was with North Devon Against Domestic Abuse. I then took a voluntary placement with Clarity- a mental health counselling charity. My most recent placement was with the Psychology Department at Riversvale, where I worked on the ‘Breaking Free Programme’ for female survivors of sexual abuse and the ‘Historical Trauma Programme’ for survivors of sexual/violence/trauma.
I have worked within mental health services as a mental health support worker, which again I feel has given me a very good understanding of the how trauma impacts our mental welling being and sense of self.
With each training placement and job, I feel I have gained a greater depth and appreciation of the human spirit.
I have been counselling for almost 20 years and also work as a counselling supervisor and trainer
I have a special interest in spirituality and wellbeing and have spent time over the years training in safe trauma work. In my spare time I enjoy walking, singing and anything crafty.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, singing and anything crafty.
I'm an experienced qualified Integrative Therapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework to make sure you receive the support that meets your needs.
I work in Barnstaple and Bideford working individually with both adults and young people aged 11 years upwards and have many years experience of working with a diverse range of client problems, such as:-
My work involves helping to create a confidential safe, trusting space to foster a therapeutic relationship within which we can work together to address problems in life and work towards making changes that you identify, which will benefit you.
This work can address historic experiences as well as here and now problems helping to work towards a future that can be of difference.
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in Private Practice and had the privilege of joining the SAND team in November 2018.
As a therapist, I have a firm belief in being authentic and embracing humanness, the very humanness that gives us the innate capacity for self-discovery, personal growth and change.
Professional counselling offers a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and process our experiences. It can empower you to obtain new insight and establish a deeper understanding of self. It may also offer empowerment to change or enable a sense of acceptance.
As part of the therapeutic process, I will work alongside you to create a safe containing space, which I will firmly hold for your therapeutic journey, offering encouragement and empowerment, whilst being responsive to your changing needs.
During my training I held a placement at Brannams Medical Centre, and went on to volunteer at Young Devon where I continue to work, offering short term counselling to Young People, as well as occasional victim support work. Through this work, spanning for over 4 years, I have obtained a good insight of the potential challenges faced by young people. This, in addition to my Private practice, has given me rich and diverse experiences working with a broad range of common life problems to complex mental health.
As part of Professional practice, I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), and adhere to their code of ethics. I also hold insurance, an enhanced DBS and am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office). In addition to this, I attend regular Supervision of my work and participate in CPD to ensure that my skills remain current.
I am Trish and feel privileged to have been a member of the SAND team for just over a year.
I believe that counselling is a collaborative process in which we work together on what you want to change. I will support you by:
My background is in complementary therapies (mainly homeopathy and Reiki) so I have a particular interest in how our emotional states impact on our physical health and well-being.
I also like to work creatively as it can be a less challenging way to explore difficult feelings and emotions; this can be anything from arts and crafts to storytelling and music.
I have a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and as a member of the BACP I follow their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, receiving regular supervision from a qualified supervisor to ensure that I adhere to this framework. I have previously worked as a volunteer therapist with NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) and Towerhouse Student Counselling Service.
I work within the limits of my training; if I feel I am unable to help you personally, I will aim to provide you with information to take the next step.
It was during my training as a probation officer in Plymouth that I first became very interested in working with offenders convicted of domestic abuse and other violent crimes.
When I returned to live in North Devon I worked briefly as a drugs and alcohol support worker with young people before returning to the Probation Service where I undertook specialist training to deliver group work programs.
Alongside the probation work I also joined the North Devon Repair team. REPAIR was a community project that provided support to families affected by domestic abuse. In 2010 I was appointed as the Manager of Exeter Repair and worked in this role until the funding ended in 2013.
I started my counselling studies in 2008 and later during my Diploma course I worked as a volunteer counsellor with a local family centre. In 2015-17 I worked with high risk victims of domestic and sexual abuse for Splitz Support Service and qualified as an Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor (IDVA).
I now work as a freelance group worker and counsellor. I have delivered the Pattern Change course and continue to run the Building Better Relationships program for Probation Service users. I joined the SAND team as a counsellor in July 2018.
I am a Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical code. I am also an accredited Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with the International Integrative Psychotherapists Association and an EMDR therapist, with specialist training and experience with working with people who have suffered traumatic events and early lives. I also have training in the Comprehensive resource model which is a gentle way of enabling people to resolve difficult or horrible experiences.
As a therapist I recognise that relationships with others and ourselves play a crucial part in how we manage in life and that we can all create protective ways of behaving and thinking about ourselves that don’t always help us. My job as a therapist is to respect how you do things now , to resolve difficult memories and experiences, and work collaboratively with you to create strategies so that you can make the changes you want to make.
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