Mr William Farmer | Accredited Counsellor | Exeter | NCS

Mr William Farmer

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS18-05946

Location: Exeter

What you need

If you are reading this then I guess that you want to make a change in your life. Making this kind of commitment can take a lot of courage and this might be an indicator of how much you want the change. Maybe it is anger, depression or emotional pain, or maybe a difficult relationship or the loss of a loved one. It could be that you do not even know quite what it is, but something about life doesn't feel right, or you find yourself stuck in the same old, unsatisfactory patterns. Whatever it is I would love for you to get in touch to see how we might work together to find the solution.

How I work

The style of counselling I offer is built on Person-centred Therapy, putting your experience first, with the understanding that what you need to heal and grow can be found within you. I also utilise techniques and theory from Gestalt Therapy that can offer more dynamic and creative ways to explore and process your experiences.


Mindfulness is an important part of how I like to work with people. Mindfulness can increase your self-awareness and it can strengthen you ability to chose in the moment. We can also use it to explore your spirituality, sense of meaning, and positive healing states of compassion and love. We can practice this as either guided meditation or as an interactive, social meditation.

My Experience

I am currently most experienced in working with grief, suicide, anxiety, adoption and self-acceptance but this is not an exhaustive list. There is scientific evidence that one of the most important elements for a good outcome in therapy is the relationship between the client and counsellor. We get the chance to build a private and safe relationship to which I bring respect, empathy, compassion, and clear safe boundaries. Like a plant being given all the right conditions to bloom, this relationship can give you the right conditions to heal and grow.

About me

I am from North Devon, and I have spent some time at university in Leicester studying environmental biology. Since then I have had a career as a tree surgeon and time spent at home as a full time parent. I now work enabling people to live independently and as a counsellor. I have had my own problems to overcome in counselling, and I have found Buddhism to be very helpful in my healing process too.

What next?

I hope that you will get in touch so that we can have a free chat via Zoom or phone. Then we can arrange to work together online or face-to-face in Exeter. I have undertaken extra training in online and telephone counselling to ensure that my service is just as safe and effective, and this has become the normal way of working for so many of us during the pandemic.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

    Social Meditation Facilitator Training Level 1.

    Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Adoption
    • Ageing and related issues
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Childbirth: fertility
    • Childbirth: pregnancy
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
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