Just wanted to say another big thank you for helping me overcome my driving anxietites. I've recently driven several longer journeys in comparable comfort, thanks to you'.

T. H. Exeter

Huw Davies MA  Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred) MA Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred)


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I am a trained integrative counsellor who works from a strong person centred core. This means that I value people as individuals and have a belief that we all strive to fulfil our individual potential. I work by being;

  • Empathic - striving to feel what it is like to 'be in your shoes'
  • Genuine - having no pretences in our relationship, not being an expert in your life and accepting our human frailty
  • Non judgemental - accepting you as a client without judgement on your life


I can respond personally, effectively and with flexibility to your whole experience by assimilating a variety of counselling models using an overall integrative framework as we work together. Some of the differing approaches I may integrate into my work are Mindfulness (learning to experience emotions in the present moment), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Person Centred Approach (PCA) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). However it is my firm belief that a quality therapeutic relationship is the basis for success in our journey together.
In my role as a counsellor I do not offer you advice, I believe you are the expert in your life and our work together is based on the principle of establishing, increasing and securing your autonomy. We work together on the issues you bring to our sessions in a spirit of equality.


Professional Overview

An experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, group facilitator and trainer with proven ability to provide a safe, ethical and confidential space for clients to explore their personal issues.

Completed 30 years in the fire service as an operational fire-fighter. Attended fire and rescues incidents and drove fire appliances to incidents for 25 of those years. Member of the special rescue team attending height rescues, water rescues and animal rescues.

Have researched the role of traumatic incidents in the Fire service work titled ‘Traumatic Stressors in the Fire Service: A Qualitative Exploration into the Psychological Resilience of Shift-based Fire-Fighters’ toward my Masters degree.  


Key Skills


  • Skilled and experienced integrative counsellor with proven record of successful client contacts
  • Qualified and experienced in Short term solution focused/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Qualified and experienced in long term client work
  • Successfully counselled many counsellors in training in their journey through college, including liaising with numerous colleges, providing reports and evidence
  • Managed private and school workloads, maintaining ethical standards while being aware of budgets and waiting times
  • Maintained appropriate contacts and paperwork when dealing with external agencies
  • Works to high British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ethical standards



  • Skilled and experienced integrative supervisor
  • Managed private supervisory clients with proven record of maintaining high ethical standards
  • Successfully supervised many experienced counsellors as well as counsellors in training, including liaising with numerous colleges, providing reports and evidence
  • Successfully supervises those in related (non counselling) professions
  • Works to high British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ethical standards



  • Designs and delivers counselling skills training to fire service staff supporters
  • Co-ordinate training for personal development group


Career summary


Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service                        1983 – August 2013
Equality and diversity official
Staff supporter
Staff supporter trainer


Robert Blake Science College                                          2007 – 2013


Private Practice                                                              To date


Qualifications - Counselling

MA in counselling and psychotherapy                                                                  2009
Post Graduate Diploma in counselling and psychotherapy                                   2008
Diploma in creative and clinical supervision                                                        2010
Advanced Certificate in trauma counselling                                                         2009
Advanced Certificate in counselling                                                                     2005
Certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy                                                         2008
Certificate in workplace counselling                                                                    2004


Additional Information

Senior accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred)

Fire Service

As well as operational training for example LGV emergency fire appliance driver training passed in 1987 and refresher course every 3 years I attended numerous equality and diversity courses.

Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Equality Impact Assessment Training, 16/10/06
Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Equality Carousel Training, 23/06/06
Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Equality Advisor Training, 14/09 and 03 – 04/10/05
Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Equality Supporter Training, 22 – 23/04/04
Somerset County Council Personal Awareness and Conflict Resolution Training, 12/08/05
Islamic Awareness Day, Bournemouth Mosque, 26/04/06
ACAS – Religious Belief/ Sexual Orientation Seminar, 04/03/04
Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association Seminar – Fairness and Equality in the Fire Service, September 09
TUC OCN 1 Week Equalities Course Level 3, 08/09/98 (Open College Network)
TUC OCN 1 Week Equalities Course Level 3, 28/01/98 (Open College Network)
Fire Brigades Union/ Trades Union Congress Fairness at Work Seminar, 18 – 20/11/97