Counselling Exeter, Brian Dennis MBACP (Accred.)   M.A.

There are commonly two principal reasons for wanting counselling sessions; historical issues which are troubling the present, or current issues which the client thinks will be future problems.

In both of those situations there is a belief that the past or current situations 'may guide' the future. Some clients will question that concept.

Counselling may open clients' questioning about a future life necessarily being defined by the past and present. Opening thoughts that the future can be influenced brings a large change for many people.  

Counselling will often encourage a person to think differently about troubling situations. Counselling can help your life, with the concept that the future can be improved from what might be expected. Situations will either be historical, or the current situations of life. When a person thinks of a situation which they feel is affecting their life they are discussing the past or the present. Counselling may bring thoughts that the future may be influenced by the past, but the the past does not dictate the future.

Counselling clients come to my practice to resolve and improve their  issues, which may include: 

  • anxiety.
  • depression.
  • stress, either personal or professional.
  • lack of self-esteem.
  • anger, or a feeling that anger is building in yourself and is negatively affecting your lifestyle and your relationships.
  • frustration.
  • problems from a change of lifestyle and emotions resulting from relationship breakup, redundancy, etc.
  • a general feeling of being miserable, or not living life as you would wish and expect.
  • a lack of positivity in your life.
  • compulsions, including gambling and other behavioural problem issues.
  • couples counselling.
  • and many more.

As a counsellor, I focus on the issues that clients wish to work on or resolve.    The future is often influenced by the past, so it is useful to understand past events and situations. With that understanding those issues can be worked on and the understanding of them improved.

Some clients may wish to improve their outlook on the future, without "delving into" or "exploring" the past. The past cannot be changed, however much it is discussed and looked at. For some people, understanding and accepting that is a way of "moving on" with a more positive future.


Counselling can help people to understand and be more aware of  their own feelings, as well the feelings and emotions of others.  Often, feelings have roots in  previous experiences or background. Those feelings were learned in the past, under past circumstances. Present circumstances may be very  different, so the feelings are  also likely to be different.  It can help to clarify that knowledge and apply it in the most productive manner.

My counselling follows the belief  that each person is their own individual self, who inherently tries to improve their well-being in their own way. I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and I use  an integrated range of  counselling methods as appropriate. Those methods  include person centered counselling, transactional analysis, NLP,  positive therapy, motivational interviewing and other methods to bring a balanced, comfortable and positive experience  for my clients.

Each person has their own issues, problems, hopes, fears - and a lot more.  I respect those differences and work with them during the Exeter counselling sessions.

Please contact me  to discuss your situation and to make an initial counselling appointment.

For a prompt appointment, call or text: 07757 233386 UK. I may be with a client, or otherwise occupied, in which case please leave a message with your contact number. I will respond promptly. Or email: info@counsellingexeter.co.uk         Or use the contact page to  send me an email.