My name is Imogen and I am a qualified person-centred therapist. I started Velaris Counselling because I wanted to provide women with safe, professional and effective support for their mental health.
After studying English at the University of Exeter and Vassar College in New York, I embarked on my counselling training at the University of Plymouth. I joined the agencies Lifetime Therapy and Counselling for Social Change and worked with clients across Cornwall, primarily referred to me from Georgia’s Voice and The Pearl Exchange. The majority of my clients were young women and I developed a passion for working with this demographic.
In addition to my academic qualifications and placement experience, I have held many voluntary roles. I have been a KS2 education mentor, a KS4 academic coach, the facilitator of weekly poetry groups in a care home, and a crisis volunteer. I have worked with charities including The Bigger Picture, Coach Bright, the Exeter Care Homes Reading Project, and Shout 85258. I provided text-based support on the frontline of the female suicide crisis and was interviewed by Cosmopolitan Magazine about my work.
I am also a published poet and have been nominated for the 2023 New Poets Prize and the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. I am very interested in language and how we can surpass the limits of expression through art. I welcome clients who wish to integrate their creative practice into their therapy journey.
My mission is to provide friendly, non-judgemental counselling and therapy to women who are experiencing mental health issues or struggling with life events.
I aim to be authentic in all that I do. I like to be congruent and genuine with my clients in sessions. I am not 'playing a role', but sitting with you as another human being.
I pride myself on offering convenient appointments, no matter your circumstances. Therapy is accessible even if you work irregular shift patterns.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, insured, and registered with the ICO. I abide by strict ethical policies.