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About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor, and have worked with different client groups in various settings.

My current and previous work experience

  • Private counsellor in Exeter and Ashburton

  • Counsellor at Age UK Exeter

  • Enabler and Community Development Worker for Teignbridge Council

  • Volunteer in my local Memory Café for people with dementia

  • Drug and alcohol CBT therapist

  • Researcher in drug and alcohol treatment at St George's Hospital, London

  • Counsellor in a primary health care centre


My 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)

What have clients said about me?

“My counselling sessions have enabled me to handle my ongoing problems. Your expertise has really opened my mind so that I can see a way forward.”

“It wasn’t easy to unravel the mix of emotions I couldn’t cope with anymore. But we did it and now I know how to direct my emotions to a positive place.”

“I feel much more able to deal with things since having your support. Thank you so much for your help and acceptance. I have a few more 'tools' to help manage things.”

“I do feel like I can talk to you, that you are listening.”

What have colleagues said about me?


"Thais's work is highly skilled and deeply relational." 

"Thais is an ethical and reflective counsellor who puts the welfare of the client first." 

What is my approach as a counsellor?

As an integrative counsellor, I draw from different approaches in a way that is flexible and fits your needs and wishes. As a humanistic counsellor, I see counselling as an opportunity for you to increase your self-awareness, and cultivate autonomy and meaning in the way you live your life.


Other approaches that support my work are CBT, attachment theory, IFS (Internal Family Systems) and mindfulness.

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.


I have had recent training on


  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Complex Trauma and IFS

  • Attachment

  • Polyvagal Theory and Nervous System Regulation

  • Dealing with Distress, Suicide and Self-Harm

  • Relational Depth

  • Existential Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Supporting Clients with Anxiety

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

I am committed to my professional development, and I attend regular individual supervision, peer supervision, courses and lectures.

I also have experience of being a counselling client myself, which has greatly contributed to my personal development and my understanding and appreciation of the therapeutic process.

I am 56 years old. I grew up in Brazil, and have been living in the UK for 22 years. I am married and have two daughters.


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