About Exeter Therapy
Dinah Mears (MBACP)
I started my career as a State Registered Nurse and then moved into community work running Family Support Groups and a Youth Club for Devon County Council. In 1993 I worked with the International Red Cross resettling traumatised refugee families to Devon from the war in Yugoslavia. I began my therapeutic training in 1999, alongside my role in a child protection team where I began to develop support service for parents and children.
While completing both the Foundation and Clinical Practice Certificate in Family Therapy from Exeter University’s Department of Psychology, I spent 10 years working as a manager of Family Support Services in the field of Child Protection.
I then worked as a counsellor and trainer with Relate for 10 years, before developing my own private counselling practice. I am currently writing and teaching the Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling at Heartwood College in Dartington.
During the last sixteen years I have become a specialist consultant and trainer in the field of Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. I deliver training on these subjects across the UK.
Relationships are the core part of how we function in the world as human beings, and as such my curiosity about them is fundamental to the work that I do whether it is counselling, training or supervision.
Holly Carter (MBACP)
I have a Masters in Relationship Therapy, and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work as a counsellor with individuals, couples and families, and I also work as a clinical supervisor, and as a trainer. Alongside my private practice I also work for Relate.
My training has embraced both a psychodynamic and a systemic approach, and I am very happy to discuss the ‘theory’ and the ‘methodology’ underpinning my work with any of my clients.
Prior to re-training in this field I worked for many years in London as a barrister, practising family law, and I have also worked as a mediator.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a huge amount of support to an individual, or a couple, at any time when life has become unexpectedly challenging or complicated. Equally, it can simply provide a good space to explore and understand one's relationship with oneself and with those important people around us.