Otter CounsellingEast Devon and Exeter

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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in East Devon

Finding your way to mental health with nature-informed practice. Outdoor sessions to suit all energy, enthusiasm and accessibility needs. Online and traditional indoor format also available.

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When things are tough in your personal world and the world out there at the same time its normal to feel fear, overwhelm and disconnect. It can be hard to take a breath and get your feet back on the ground and do what needs to be done; yet that resource is in you. Having someone to talk to and share your fears with can be really helpful: I offer a warm welcome and my full attention to build trust, create safety and find resilience.

I work outside in the woodlands, heathlands and shorelines of beautiful East Devon, enabling deeper connection with the healing benefits of nature and the realisation that we are a part of this world and not separate from it. I work with adults of any age, on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. I also offer supervision to therapists and other helping professionals. I have training in working in nature and am fully insured.

My experience as a counsellor has helped clients with issues which include:

Stress, Abuse, Self-Esteem, Depression,

Sexuality, Bullying, Domestic Abuse, Anxiety,

Trauma, Relationships, Bereavement, Addiction,

Identity, Mental Health, Eating and Weight issues,

Anger and Rage, Redundancy, Life Transitions

I see clients in various outdoor locations in East Devon and sometimes further afield (restrictions permitting). I have a consulting room in Ottery St Mary and currently also conduct some session by Zoom. Ottery St Mary is 15 minutes by car from M5 junction 29 (Sowton) and accessible via the A30 and A35. Visiting clients come from Torquay, Exeter, Dorset, Somerset and the local area.

You are welcome to call or e-mail me with any questions or to make an appointment.
Please contact me on 07933 621106 or email:

Personal Approach
I describe myself as a Therapeutic Ecopsychologist. These terms have their origins in ancient Greek words that mean 'a healer who is a student of the home (ecos) of the psyche or soul'. In this way the home of the psyche is the whole world that sustains us and gives us life. My approach is grounded in the idea that humans are not separate from the world around them and their well-being is connected to the well-being of the web of life as a whole. As I come into wholeness so does my relationship with the environment; I cannot be well and not care for the planet. Working outside is a direct and visceral way to experience this; there is also a substantial body of evidence of the well-being benefits of spending time in nature and it helps to teach us how to give back and repair and not to simply extract, consume and destroy the biosphere. Nature is a wonderful presence in the triad with client and therapist; allowing the client to feel free to say things they may not have been able to before and to experiment with different ways of being in a safe and supportive atmosphere. It means we can be real with each other and drop ways of relating that are inauthentic.
We can meet and work indoors or in the beautiful East Devon countryside where we can explore nature as a mirror for your life.

Why Otter Counselling? I have chosen the name because I live by the river Otter in East Devon and also because the Otter symbolises playful and compassionate, caring qualities -which are aspects that we all - men and women, young and not so young - can lose sight of as we go about our busy lives studying, working, building homes, careers and families. I like to keep the Otter and her playfulness and care for her young ones in mind as I go about my work.

Sara Drew MA Cantab, Adv Dip, MBACP: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision.

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