Supporting your mental health and wellbeing

I provide PROFESSIONAL counselling, which is TAILORED to your individual needs, supporting you through whatever challenges you are facing.

Counselling To Suit Your Needs

Professional - Tailored - Confidential - Compassionate

Ben Shears Counsellor

Hi, I'm Ben,

a fully qualified integrative counsellor offering appointments online or in person in Chudleigh or Exeter.

Mental health challenges come in many forms – anxiety, depression, stress, and low self-esteem among many others. If you’re currently facing a mental health challenge, I’m here to support you. Counselling can help you to make sense of those challenges and support you to make changes that will have a positive impact in overcoming them. I aim to provide a down-to-earth form of counselling, in a calm and relaxed environment. 

"Ben is a calm and warm person... I would recommend him to anyone."


With a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling and BACP Registered Membership status, you can have full confidence in the counselling you receive.

I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services and hold a clear DBS certificate.

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As an integrative counsellor I access a number of different approaches: Person-centred therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt therapy and mindfulness.    

This allows me to tailor an approach to meet your individual needs. We’ll progress at a pace that is right for you and you’ll always be in full control of the process.


I understand how vulnerable it can feel to share your story. What you say is kept in strictest confidence. 

There are limits to this confidentiality, which include sharing that you or someone else is at risk of harm. 

More detailed information about confidentiality can be found here.

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You will be met with compassion, warmth and acceptance. With a friendly and relaxed demeanour, I will support you to share your story and express yourself freely.

Counselling can be used to support existing mental health challenges but it can also be beneficial as a means to prevent issues before they overwhelm you.

What to expect

My belief is that the relationship is key to the work we do. I aim to offer a warm and relaxed environment to help put you at ease.

Book your free consultation

Counselling works best when there is a strong relationship between client and counsellor. To help you feel confident in your choice, I offer a free 60 minute consultation online so that you can learn more about me and how I work.

First session

We’ll take time to help you understand how our counselling relationship will work, including the contract, payments, cancellations, etc. You’ll have a chance to raise any questions or concerns you have. At your own pace, you’ll then have time to share your story and explore what you’d like to achieve in your sessions.

Moving forward

Whether you feel lost and don’t know where to turn or whether you have a specific goal in mind, we’ll work together to understand how to get the most from your sessions. I’ll discuss the approaches that might work best but  you are the expert on you. I will never tell you what you should do. 

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