What I offer

Tess (Thais Lloyd)

Tel: 07493 591515

Email: silverferncounselling@gmail.com

When we first meet you will have the opportunity to tell me what you are finding difficult in your life, think about what you would like from counselling, and find out more about how I work.

I will offer you:

  • A warm, safe, confidential space where I'll listen to you in a non-judgemental, supportive and sensitive way.
  • A genuine, honest, professional relationship with me.
  • Openness to talk about your problems and consider how you want to move forward.
  • Working in a way that follows your pace, respects your goals and builds on your strengths.
  • Flexibility and focus to help you find ways to improve your well-being.


It is very important that we develop a relationship of trust and openness, so that together we understand what is going on for you. I will listen to you with acceptance and compassion, supporting you and paying attention to what you are experiencing at this moment of your life.


We will work together to understand your situation. This may be something that started recently, or something from the past that still affects you now. We will explore your obstacles and challenges, and how you can use your resources and strengths to find a way forward.

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


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

I currently offer face-to-face counselling in Ashburton.


I also offer counselling by phone or Zoom.

I hope to be able to offer face-to-face sessions in Exeter again in the near future.

If you find it difficult to talk, we can sometimes use creative methods to help us understand what is going on for you. This might be done through story-telling, sand-tray, or other therapeutic methods that can help express what is sometimes difficult to express in words.


We will regularly review our work, to make sure you are getting what you want and need from counselling.

I work with clients on a number of issues, the most frequent ones being:
  • Feeling low or anxious
  • Bereavement
  • Loneliness
  • Loss (of independence, income, etc)
  • Difficult relationships
  • Health-related stress
  • Difficult life changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addiction
  • Dementia care
  • Being a carer; or being cared for.


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My experience of working with people from all walks of life gives me flexibility to work in a professional way with each unique client.
I am committed to making counselling accessible to older people. For example, at Age UK Exeter I have developed an affordable counselling service for people aged 50+.

My theoretical background

I am an integrative, humanistic counsellor.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw from different intervention models 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 awareness of who you are and how you are in your relationships, with your strengths, creativity and choices.
My main theoretical influences are the person-centred approach and Gestalt therapy; but I may also use elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, or Solution Focused Therapy in my work, as and when helpful to you. I focus on what you are experiencing at this moment, as I understand you are the expert in your own life.