The foundation of my approach lies in Psychodynamic Therapy

This type of Therapy enables you to work at depth with me, to uncover the unconscious, hidden feelings and thoughts which drive how we behave, and what we do or don’t say and do: to uncover the root causes of problems and distress.

Bereavement Counselling

The aim of Bereavement Counselling is for us to recover from our grief, to find healing, and to re-engage fully in life once more. Bereavement Counselling is not about severing our emotional connection with the person (place, home, pet, identity, role) lost to us, as if they had never been. Bereavement Counselling is about re-working this relationship into our life in positive ways.


Grief is the term which sums up the many turbulent feelings, and experiences which overwhelm us when we’re bereaved. While these strong feelings don’t last forever, sometimes we hang on to them as a means of staying connected to the one we’ve lost. The difficulty is that then we’re afraid to let go of these feelings in case it means that we also let go of our connection to the one who’s gone from us.


Bereavement Counselling helps us sift out these turbulent feelings, to recognise them for what they are, and helps us to re-work our relationship with the person (place, home, pet, identity, role) incorporating this relationship into our life in healthy, positive ways. In this way, our memories, those special places, events, anniversaries can retain their place in our hearts without tipping us into the swirling sea of grief feelings once again.


In the company of a ‘Wise One’ who will listen to us fully, deeply and without judgement of any kind Bereavement Counselling provides us with a safe place where we can empty out the burden of our distress and grow in an understanding of the impact of our great loss, and possibly other great losses too, on our life and begin to shape a new relationship with the one who has gone from us. Bereavement Counselling gives us rich opportunities to reflect on what was, on what might have been, and on what is, in order to gain insight into the shape and direction we want our life to have in the future. We can live life fully after loss.



Your emerging wellbeing is the time-keeper for how often we'll meet​

If you would like a free 30 minute phone call about Bereavement Counselling and/or Shamanic Healing then please get in touch with me.

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My Qualifications include a first Degree in English Literature & Language; a Diploma in Theology; a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, a Certificate in Life Coaching accredited by the International Coaching Federation, and Certification as a Shamanic Healer.​

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Susan Hollins Counselling, Life Coaching, Shamanic Healing in Exeter, Devon​

About me

I’ve taken a long time to arrive at this point. There have many twists and turns along the track. Sometimes I’ve been in the desert, surviving on bread and raisins, drinking ice-clear water. At other times I’ve feasted and made plump with happiness.

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