About me

Tess (Thais Lloyd)

MSc; Advanced Dip Counselling; MBACP

Tel: 07493 591515

Email: silverferncounselling@gmail.com

I am a fully qualified counsellor, with 15 years' experience of working with different client groups in various settings.

Professional Experience

  • Private counsellor in Exeter and Ashburton and surrounding areas.

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  • Counsellor at Age UK Exeter from 2015 until 2020.

  • Enabler and Community Development Worker for Time for Life (Teignbridge Council) for 5 years, aiming at reducing social isolation and improving quality of life.

  • Volunteer in the local Memory Café for people with dementia and their carers for 8 years.

  • Drug and alcohol counsellor for 11 years, using CBT methods, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention.

Training & qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

  • MSc degree in Drug and Alcohol Addiction (King's College London, 2001)

  • Psychology degree (1993)

I am committed to my professional development, and I attend regular supervision, courses, lectures, and study groups.

Recent training

  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm (Carolyn Spring, online course)

  • Workshop on Relational Depth (Mick Cooper; Iron Mill, Exeter)

  • Workshop on Existential Therapy (Mick Cooper; Iron Mill, Exeter)

  • Workshop on Compassion Focussed Therapy (Mary Welford, Seale-Hayne)

  • Workshop “Supporting clients with anxiety” (Kate Day Training, Seale-Hayne)

  • Talks at Westcountry Association for Counselling, Exeter: Couples Counselling; EFT for Trauma; Families and Grief; Art Therapy; Gestalt Therapy and Depression.

  • Talks at Ways with Words, Dartington: Mindfulness; Hoarding; Dementia; Family Secrets.

  • Limbus Lectures talks, Dartington: The Relational Brain; Embodied Attunement; Dreams.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I abide by its code of ethics. I have enhanced CRB/DBS clearance and I am fully insured.

You can find me in the BACP register and in the UK Counselling Directory.

  • Researcher in drug and alcohol treatment in Brazil and in the UK (St George's Hospital, London)

  • Counsellor in Brazil for 6 years, working with adults and children, in a primary health care centre.