Devon directory

Your directory of LGBTQ+ -affirmative counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches in Devon


Help is at hand for you and your friends/family members. All our listed professionals have training and experience in providing support to the diverse group of people whose identity fits under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. All are members of a recognised professional body relevant to their profession.

Please contact the individual professionals listed to arrange an appointment.

Max Cohen RegMBACP Exeter

Counselling / Training / Group facilitator

I founded IAAY in 2008 and run all aspects of the organisation.

I am an experienced counsellor, trainer and group facilitator.  I work with people experiencing a range of difficulties using an integrative approach which means we work together so you can find your own ways to cope with the things that are getting you down or have kept you stuck or feeling overwhelmed. I integrate talking therapy with other useful approaches and techniques including drawing, visual imagery, using objects in a sand tray, mindfulness exercises, assertiveness skills and self-care tools. I work with young people (18+) and adults on all issues including LGBTQ+ issues, questioning gender identity (trans+, genderqueer, non-binary) and sexual orientation , sexuality, living with HIV, domestic abuse, victims of crime and work related problems such as discrimination.

t: 07500 015574  e:

Paula Clegg RegMBACP Exeter


I work with couples and adult individual clients, and I am also qualified to offer counselling for young people from 16 years of age. I have worked as a counsellor in a local school and 6th form college for many years which has led me to support young adults with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. I have received training in working with LGBTQ+ clients. I bring warmth, acceptance and authenticity to my relationship with clients, having originally trained in Gestalt therapy.

t: 07817 740347  e:

Andrew Lacey RegMBACP Torbay      

Counselling / Coaching

Hello, I'm Andrew, an experienced counsellor with a warm, non-judgemental and affirmative approach. I offer short-term counselling for specific reasons or long-term therapy to explore deeper issues. I work with adults (18+) in individual and couples counselling.  I'm particularly experienced in working with: addiction; adoption; adult survivors of childhood neglect, abandonment or abuse; eating disorders; identity; relationships; self-esteem; sexuality and intimacy; shame; spirituality. Previously I was a volunteer counsellor with the Terrence Higgins Trust (Brighton), counselling administrator at PACE, a lesbian and gay mental health charity (London) and trustee of Mankind UK, a charity supporting male survivors of sexual abuse.

t: 07904 675052  e:

Sara Drew RegMBACP Accred  Exeter Honiton  

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I work with adults of all ages18+ to elders. I have experience of working with LGBT+ clients and practitioners across a range of issues and needs. I have prior experience counselling clients for an HIV support organisation and I supervise professionals from an LGBT+ organisation. I have previous experience in BBC journalism and voluntary sector work. I am currently training in Rites of Passage Ceremony which invites us into a healing relationship with ourselves in nature.

 t: 07933 621106   e:  w:

Sam Robinson MBACP Ivybridge    


Counselling offers a safe, confidential place to talk about your life & anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable for you. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively & help to improve things for you. I do not seek to advise & cannot provide answers, but instead, I aim to support client’s in discovering their own solutions in an accepting, confidential & professional environment.


I am an Integrative Humanist therapist; I have completed training on LGBTQ+ issues and can work in a variety of ways to suit each individual, focusing on what’s important & at a pace that suits you.

 t: 07949221720   e:  w:

Barbara Appleby RegMBACP Exeter Exmouth 

Counselling & Clinical Supervision 

I offer face to face therapy for individuals 18+ In Exmouth and Exeter.

I offer a non-judgemental space to explore whatever might be troubling you.  I have worked as a therapist at The Intercom Trust and I also run a spirituality group called QSpirit for members of the LGBTQ+ community. I usually suggest a 30-minute assessment appointment to go through what you can expect from me and  your expectations. The fee for this is £22.50. The cost  thereafter would be £45 for an hour. (£40 for Student Counsellors) I have some lower fee spaces also which are charged at £35.


t: 07925 527216  e:

David Humeniuk RegMBACP Exeter Totnes

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I work with individual adults and couples. I have experience of working with people with a wide range of needs but in recent years I have gained particular experience in work with carers and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. I deliver training to other professionals on the subject of working with those with diverse identities, and am the group supervisor for the volunteer counsellors of a SW based LGBT+ support charity.

 t: 07517 383893  e:   w:

Sue Thompson RegMBACP Exmouth

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I work with children, young people, adults and families. I welcome enquiries from all, but have particular interest and experience in working with children and adults with autism or a learning disability. Another area of interest is working with loss, bereavement and pre-bereavement.  I'm also qualified to do Theraplay  with a parent and children from pre-birth to age 11. I have experience of working with individuals including children and young people with gender or sexual diversity and also those who are seeking to explore these areas.

t: 07790 595373   e:

Rea Pearson RegMBACP Accred Exeter     

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I am a polyamorous, pansexual, cis-gendered , redheaded woman who has been professionally and socially part of the queer, kink, and swinging communities for years. I regularly work with LGBTQIAP+ people, as individuals, couples, and polyamorous groups. I cover all the standard issues that most counsellors cover, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, etc, but am also very familiar with issues around gender and sexual identity, sexual issues, polyamory, kink, BDSM, and D/s relationships. I offer face to face work or alternatively via online video media.

t: 07773 681337   e:   w:

Frances Whistler RegMBACP Barnstaple

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I will respect you, and do my best to help you by using a confidential, dependable, and non-judgmental ethical relationship. I am a qualified Integrative therapist working with adult ( 18+)  individuals This talk therapy aims to help you integrate your history and your present to enable you to live more fully. I can offer short-term work (6-10 sessions) focusing on particular issues, or agree an open-ended commitment, which some people feel allows deeper and more satisfying work to be done.  I have received training in working as a counsellor with LGBT+ clients.

t: 07960 851506   e:


Jo Groves RegMBACP Exeter  

Counselling / Psychotherapy

Both my personal experience, and my subsequent training have enabled me to work confidently with a whole range of issues. I am a qualified Integrative therapist working with adults, children and and young people and am experienced in working with young people around gender diversity and those questioning their sexual orientation.  I offer short or longer term work.


t: 07505 707385   e:  w:

Antonella Depetro MBACP Exeter

Counselling / Psychotherapy

I’m a warm, accepting and non-judgemental counsellor who works both with young people from 11 years old and adult clients. I provide counselling with a charity for young people and have a private practice. I am qualified to work with young people and undertook training to work with LGBTQ+ clients. My counselling experience includes bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bullying, abuse, self-harm, shame and spirituality as well as working with both LGBTQ+ young clients and adults. I provide short and long term counselling, face-to-face, telephone and online – Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp.



t: 07555 203121  e: 


Alex Everett MPTUK  Exeter, Teignbridge & Torbay  

Certified Play Therapist Reg No: 201501077

I offer 1-1 play therapy and group play therapy in and around the Exeter, Teignbridge and Torbay area. Play therapy is a specialised form of counselling or psychotherapy which enables children to work through and understand their big feelings and life events that they may not be able to express through words. Whilst adult therapy may rely on talking about what has happened, play therapy maintains that play is a child’s natural language. By building a therapeutic relationship with the child, the play therapist facilitates a safe space in which the child can work at their own pace.

 t: 07421 845845   e:    w: