Marie Atwell Counselling

Supporting young people and adults throughout Torbay

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Insecurities and how they can impact everyday

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About Marie

Hello, my name is Marie. I am an experienced counsellor with a warm friendly manner.

My journey began when I took on a new role within a local school.  It was within this new role I began to shine and grow in confidence. The new found confidence and a sense of who I was helped me to help others.  I soon realised I had the ability to help those around me to make informed choices, thus enabling them to move forward during their difficult times.  Having a capacity to listen, be empathetic to difficult situations and give unconditional positive regard to those young people, families and adults also helped those move forward and live a more fulfilled life.

Managing my own difficulties growing up I feel helped to mould me into the person I have become today.  I decided to embrace my new found confidence and love for helping others and began a new journey into becoming a counsellor.  It was a difficult journey as I learned a lot about myself and others around me, but the journey was one I would trek again and again.  I have, for many years, worked with children and adolescents therapeutically, both in a School setting and in private practice.

I am happily married and have two wonderful children of my own, this in itself has been a valuable journey.  I live in the Paignton area and just love the surroundings we have on our doorstep, quite often taking them for granted.

Support I Offer

Find out about my qualifications, techniques I can offer, my experience and how I can work with you to help resolve your issues.


Read some feedback from people I have supported through personal counselling situation and professional training and supervision.


To build trust I work within an ethical framework adopted from the British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy (BACP).


Find out about fees I charge for affordable quality counselling in a relaxed environment. I offer a reduced cost for an initial session.

Get In Touch

Give me a call, send a text or use the contact form.. This is the first step to finding a solution to your difficulties. I’m here to listen.

"Your attitude about who you are and what you have is a very little thing that makes a very big difference"

Theodore Roosevelt

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."

John C Maxwell

"If you see somebody falling behind, walk beside them. If you see someone being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. One small act could mean the world to them."

Support I Offer


You may not be used to sharing personal concerns with another person and if you are trying counselling for the first time, I am aware it is scary.  However you have taken those first steps to seeking support.  So well done!

As your counsellor (or therapist) I support you in resolving sometimes painful issues from the past that may be holding you back, help you deal with your feelings and emotions, and ultimately gain an improved sense of wellbeing and living a more fulfilled life.

Integrating a range of approaches, I offer a broad counselling service to help with issues such as  loss; anger; stress, anxiety, low mood;  low self-esteem and building confidence working to improve relationships and family issues. I offer individual, couples counselling and working with families as a whole.


Supervision plays an important , supportive part in a counsellor’s work.  It’s a sounding board, a safety net and a method of learning from a therapist who usually has more training and experience than the counsellors they are supporting.

I will assist counsellors by:

  • offering support and protection as and when they need.
  • I will act a s third party who offers another perspective.
  • I will help the counsellor to explore difficulties they may experience during a session with their client (transference/countertransference).
  • I will act as an outside observer enabling counsellor to see the blind spots and help explore ‘stuckness’.

We would first have a brief telephone conversation followed by an initial face-to-face session to find out whether counselling is the best option for you and whether I am the right counsellor/supervisor for you to work with. If we decide to go ahead, sessions are usually weekly. This could be short-term to deal with a specific issue or longer-term, to resolve deeper-seated issues including negative experiences from childhood.

Working With Young People

Working with young people can be challenging and empowering.  A young person’s perspective on the world is very different to an Adults stepping into the world of a young person can be perplexing at times. Knowledge of a child and adolescent development is essential for counselling with young people the issues they present with in the counselling room.

Gaining knowledge and understanding of a young person’s background is an essential underpinning of the therapeutic process.  I pride myself on being able to step into the shoes of a young person’s life and work to help them live a more fulfilled existence.

The five key areas of change during adolescence:

  • Physiological/biological
  • Cognitive/neurological
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Psychosexual


I have worked with young people and adults from all over Torbay for the past 15 years in a school setting, outreach and in private practice from my home-based safe space.

Supporting couples through difficult times and helping them to reconnect in other areas of their lives.

Offering supervision to trained counsellors and trainee counsellors for the past 5 years.

Working with Trainee Counsellors in placement and setting up trainee placements within local schools offering supervision and support to those trainees whilst they work towards a recognised qualification.


Advanced Humanistic Counselling Diploma

Humanistic counselling incorporates elements of Person Centred Approach, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and other modalities.

Diploma in Creative CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that lie behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel about themselves, their lives and those around them.

Sand Tray Diploma

Sand Tray is a form of expressive therapy in the sand.  Instead of drawing a picture,  it builds up an image in the sand using miniatures of everyday objects.  The therapy is fluid and will reach parts of us which are buried.  Sand is formed by the churning of the tides crashing against the cliffs, exactly like life at times. Telling our story through sand is rich and deep. Sometimes the story in the sand of a client’s past can actually resource the present and can integrate the future with it being fearful.

Supervision Diploma

Offering Humanistic Therapeutic supervision.  I work integratively with the supervisees workload aiding the growth of the counsellor and client. Supervision provides a container that holds the helping relationship within the therapeutic triad.

Working with Young People Qualifications:

Professional Diploma in Working with Children & Young People (2018)

Certified Trauma & Mental Health Informed Schools Practitioner (2021)

TIS UK & the Centre for Child mental health & the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.

Indian Head Massage

Recently I have qualified in Indian Head Massage.  Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to rebalance your body’s energies.This form of massage focuses on the three higher ‘chakras’ – mind, body and spirit and as such hits your energy epicentre.

It doesn’t seem sufficient to say that a good Indian head massage will relax you. It’s more than this. It can make you feel detached and serene, leave you sighing and wordless, but also alert and clear-headed, alleviating brain-fog and stress.






    Feedback & Reviews

     The right level of challenge and support…

    Marie is a highly skilled supervisor who has done wonders for my confidence and development.  Marie provides just the right level of challenge and support and has already provided me with calm, reassuring and expert advice when I really needed it most.

      I feel very privileged to have her guidance…

    Marie is lovely.  I feel very privileged to have her guidance and support through my own training and will always recommend her to anyone seeking counselling.

     Dedicated and compassionate…

    Marie work is incredibly dedicated and compassionate, having worked with her for the past four years I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support and guidance. I would recommend Marie to anyone in a heartbeat.

     Your experience and knowledge have been invaluable…

    Marie as my placement manager, your experience and knowledge have been invaluable.  I feel as though my counselling skills have improved immeasurably with your guidance and supervision.  Thanks again Marie and I am looking forward to returning in September.

     A great variety of knowledge, experience and inspiration…

    As a nervous trainee starting out, Marie allowed me to feel a confidence I otherwise would not have felt.  She calls upon a great variety of knowledge, experience and inspiration.  After my regular visit I always leave feeling truly supported and motivated.  Its my pleasure to give this recommendation.

    About Confidentiality

    Ethical Standards

    The BACP is a professional body which represents the interests of the counselling profession and sets standards of ethical and professional practice to which counsellors and therapists must adhere to. As a member of this organisation, I therefore adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and its Professional Conduct Procedure. For further information please visit the BACP website.


    Without confidentiality, it would be very difficult to build enough trust in the relationship between you and your therapist, so that you felt safe enough to talk about your deepest feelings. It can be hard enough making the decision to talk in the first place without the fear that someone else might find out about it.

    Confidentiality is deeply embedded in the BACP’s Ethical Framework to which I’m bound as a member of BACP and as a qualified counsellor. Here’s part of the detailed guidance:

    “Respecting clients’ privacy and confidentiality are a fundamental requirement for keeping trust and respecting client autonomy. The professional management of confidentiality concerns the protection of personally identifiable and sensitive information from unauthorised disclosure. Disclosure may be authorised by client consent or the law. Any disclosures of client confidences should be undertaken in ways that best protect the client’s trust and respect the clients autonomy”.

    I can only speak for myself and my policy on confidentiality; other therapists may differ in their approach. This is how I protect my clients’ confidentiality:

    • I keep the client information sheets (containing your contact details etc) separate from the client notes from each session
    • The client notes have only a first name attached and nothing that could connect the notes to that person’s information sheet
    • When I talk to my supervisor, I only use first names or a pseudonym for my clients, and I don’t reveal any identifying details. (For an explanation of what clinical supervision involves, please read: ‘What is supervision in counselling?’)

    When Confidentiality Can Be Broken

    • This is probably the most complex ethical question that therapists have to deal with in the work that we do. After all, clients put their trust in us to help them recover from whatever has brought them to counselling in the first place, and a cornerstone of that trust is confidentiality. Whilst it might be reassuring to say to a client, “I’ll never pass on anything of what we talk about in our sessions”, that would be misleading and in fact untrue.
    • When working with young people I have a duty of care to protect the person I am working with and myself.  So if you have indicated to me that there’s a serious and immediate risk of harm to yourself, someone else or someone is hurting you. I may need to speak to parents (unless they are the cause of harm), Police, to my clinical supervisor, your GP or other health professionals. I will always attempt to discuss this with you beforehand, but in certain circumstances (e.g where life is at risk) this may not be possible.

      My Fees

      Affordable quality counselling in a relaxed environment

      • Initial session £25
      • Individual Counselling £40
      • Couples Counselling £50
      • Supervision £65 for 1.5hrs 
      • Supervision £85 for 2hrs

      Reduced fees for Trainee Counsellors to be negotiated during first session.

      Our initial session is an opportunity for you to describe what it is you would like to change in your life. This initial session is at a reduced cost to you.  You may have questions about counselling and how it works and importantly it allows you to decide if I am the right person for you.

        Get In Touch

        Call or message me on 07933 747 736
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        or send a message using the contact form.

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