Plymouth-Counselling-Service | Counselling and personal development services in Plymouth and South Devon
Plymouth Counselling Service is a safe confidential space to explore issues with Professional British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Therapists. We offer one to one consultations and a wide range of personal development sessions in the Plymouth and throughout South Devon.
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We're here when you need to talk

Welcome to Plymouth Counselling Service

Counselling and Personal Development Services in Plymouth and throughout South Devon

Is Counselling For Me?

Many of us have times in our lives when we feel confused, unable to cope or simply have questions that we need answers to – talking to a counsellor may help if you are going through such a time. Plymouth Counselling sessions will enable you to explore difficulties or problems with a person who will listen with sensitivity, acceptance and have a good understanding of your unique situation and needs. This work, will aim to address the underlying causes of emotions or pain and help you to enhance your wellbeing, forming a new understanding of your issues and yourself.

James Isserlis - Plymouth Counselling Service

James Isserlis


(Adv Dip Couns. Registered MBACP)

About me

My name is James Isserlis (Adv Dip Couns. Registered MBACP) I am an experienced professional Counsellor who is passionate about helping people to make positive change in their lives.

I have worked in the health care sector for almost 15 years in professional roles, mentoring and supporting others and worked as a professional Counsellor since 2013. In that time, I have worked as an Associate Counsellor for Plymouth University and am employed as an NHS Staff Counsellor at University Hospitals Plymouth as well as my private practice work at Plymouth Counselling Service.

I believe that seeing a Counsellor can be useful to anybody at any point in their life.  You don’t necessarily need to be going through a difficult time to benefit. Feeling free to talk openly and without fear of judgement is the first step in being able to move forwards in your life. The bedrock of all the work I do is based on making my clients experience of therapy a positive one and giving them the tools to increase their self -awareness, confidence and resilience.

My forward thinking approach to therapy is what sets my work apart. I look at every client’s unique circumstances and tailor the support in a way that works for them, whether the issue is short or long term.  Over the last few years I have been successful in assisting many people to overcome the issues or barriers that have prevented them from moving forwards in their lives . Clients have commented that my approach has enabled them to talk about some of life’s most sensitive subjects openly and safely and that they wished they engaged with therapy sooner.

I have extensive experience of supporting individuals their families and carers with enduring complex mental health needs and cognitive impairment.  The wide scope of my health and social care experience over the years has seen me work closely with multidisciplinary teams, legal professionals in the community and in inpatient settings . In addition I have provided coaching and support in the workplace and Counsellors in training.

The aim of my work at Plymouth Counselling Service is to deliver  a high quality service for any person or organisation that feels Counselling would benefit them.


*Professionally registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Member number 110089

How we can help you

We understand it can be daunting talking to someone for the first time. To find out if our way of working is a good fit for you we offer an initial session that will allow you to ask questions and explore what you want to get out of your therapeutic journey.


One to One

Counselling is personal. We recognise the importance of getting the relationship right to get the outcome you want. We'll work together to identify problems with safety and acceptance.


Our sessions are discreet, safe and in strict confidence. All our work is carried out in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework


Life can be complicated, booking sessions with Plymouth Counselling Service needn’t be. If you are unable to attend sessions at our practice in Falcon House We are able to provide home visits, telephone counselling and bespoke therapeutic packages that will work for you.

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