Meet Our Team

At Personal and Relationship Counselling, we have a diverse range of specialists with years of experience in providing an effective, personalised form of couples counselling and psychotherapy in Plymouth and online. Our team contains experts in a range of areas, such as couples counselling, psychotherapy, psychosexual therapy, LGBTQIA+ issues, EMDR, bereavement, loss, addiction and trauma, allowing us to determine the exact kind of help you need at the first contact and offer a personalised form of help that goes to the heart of your problems.

Keep reading for more information on each member of our friendly team of BACP registered and accredited counsellors and psychotherapists in Plymouth.  

Naheed Holmes

BACP Accredited

Diploma in Professional Studies - Counselling (University of the West of England, UWE)

Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate)

I have a creative background and trained as a counsellor in Bristol for three years, working primarily with young people, before relocating to Plymouth as a counsellor in a residential drug and alcohol unit. I also held the role of clinical lead, offering me an opportunity to work with eating disorders. My work also includes running a small private practice where I help people navigate a variety of issues. 

Naheed Holmes Plymouth Counselling

I practice an integrated approach, drawing on humanistic and relational perspectives, allowing me to work with clients in a way that supports their individual needs. This could entail issues like addiction, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, assertive and personal development, identity, difference, and loss. My role is always to support you and ‘untangle’ issues in a collaborative way, allowing you to develop new ways of thinking to promote positive change.

Steve Worsley

Registered Member MBACP Accredited 

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Institute)

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy

Certificate in Education

I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and have been practising for over 14 years, counselling adults and young people in private practice.

My career has included time as a Royal Marine, a period with Devon Ambulance Service, teaching and managing Physical Education and working as a Sports Therapist.

Steve Worsley Plymouth Counselling

To start with, I will give you the space to tell your story in your own way, free of judgement, listening closely to what you say and learning what you need from therapy. The model of therapy we use will depend entirely on your personality and the issues you are facing. Each client knows what is best for them and has their own preferences and styles of communication. I will take these unique traits into account to give you the most effective form of support. I offer face to face, telephone and online sessions.

I work with adults and young people, with a range of issues such as, PTSD, bereavement/grief, depression, anxiety, work related stress, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, anger, physical and emotional abuse, self-worth, bullying, addictions especially alcohol and drug.

This list is not fully comprehensive, please contact to arrange a 15-minute call to discuss your requirements with me.

Claire Goddard

BACP Registered Member

Certificate in Relationship Therapy Level 5

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy Level 5

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4

Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care

Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate)

Social work (Diploma)

I am a compassionate and dedicated counsellor/psychotherapist committed to guiding individuals and couples on their journey towards mental and emotional well-being.  Having worked within a Bereavement agency, an agency for victims of sexual violence and within Relate I bring a wealth of knowledge and empathy to my practice.

I use an integrative approach developed from three sources, Person Centred, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I seek to create a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. Using an Integrative model, I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual.  I seek to help clients navigate life's challenges, overcome obstacles, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness and resilience.

Having trained and worked with Relate, I am an experienced couples counsellor. I believe that relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. While they can bring much happiness and support, that doesn't mean they are easy. Sometimes, we find we have lost connection with each other and become more distant. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to explore your relationship. I will assist you in expressing yourselves, fostering empathy, and understanding your own and each other's behaviours and feelings. Together, we'll delve into the dynamics of your relationship and explore how unfinished issues from the past may be influencing the present. My aim is for you to relate in a healthier way.

Marcia Morton

BACP Registered Member

Level 2 Advanced Counselling Skills

Level 3 Counselling Study

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Teaching Meditation - British School of Meditation

I am a humanistic, integrative counsellor offering a holistic approach to my work, drawing on a number of different approaches depending on the clients needs. I have a keen interest in narcissism and the healing and recovery of narcissistic abuse.

Plymouth Counsellor Marcia Morton

I recently gained a diploma in Mindful Meditation, as I believe by being able to learn to connect back to our bodies and our true selves will not only help us understand what our bodies are trying to tell us, but it can also help us discover inside ourselves, and over time can retune past trauma and anxiety which has entered our bodies by external influences, be this bullying, abuse or conditions and external beliefs that are put on us through our lives.

We all experience personal problems at some point in our lives. It can feel like we are ‘stuck’ with certain difficult emotions, which is why I focus on giving you the ideal environment to explore challenging feelings and move past them. Together we will work on developing self-love and a closer understanding of yourself to put you on a path towards a happier, clearer mindset. 

Nicole Gaugas

MNCPS Accredited

Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Research in Counselling) in-progress

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Couples Counselling (The Link Centre)

Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling skills

Applied Transactional Analysis in Clinical Practice (Certificate)

Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate)

After working with individuals facing various life challenges, both mental and physical, I became a qualified Integrative Counsellor and hypnotherapist. This experience motivated me to expand my training in couples relationships, where I customise my approach to meet the needs of my clients. I believe in healthcare being accessible to all, which is why I actively volunteer weekly. My areas of expertise include understanding repeating negative patterns, exploring personal identity, dealing with unmet expectations, stress, and more.

Nicole Gaugas

We will focus on restructuring, learning to communicate openly and responsively, and addressing relationship needs. My top priority is to offer support and guidance as you navigate your relationship.

I am dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental and nurturing environment where you can openly express your concerns and work towards a healthier, more fulfilling relationship.

Roisin Green

London Diploma of Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (in progress) 

Relational Life Therapy level 1& 2 

Holistic Studies in Human Anatomy at TSOEL

COSRT Member

I am a Psychosexual and Relational Therapist in my final year of qualification. For over three years I have worked as a successful Sex and Relationship Coach. My coaching training prior to taking the route of a registered psychotherapist was extensive and with very similar topics found in psychotherapy such as childhood/developmental trauma and mindfulness. I continue to work privately as a coach alongside gaining qualifications in Psychosexual Therapy. Over this time, I have helped many couples and individuals achieve pathways through challenging relational dynamics. 

Roisin Green Plymouth Psychosexual Therapist

Psychosexual therapy deals with sexual issues such as inability to orgasm, difficulty achieving erections, loss of sexual desire, premature ejaculation, sexual assault and sexual avoidance amongst many more sexual dysfunctions. I welcome working with people of all genders and sexual orientations. I work hard to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for your expression of sexuality. 

I also work with couples; I believe that romantic relationships are one of the hardest things that we do as humans and there can be great benefit in seeking support to move through difficult dynamics. Working on your relationship does not have to include issues of sexual dysfunction. Underpinning how I work is my extensive training with the Relational Life Institute, a ground-breaking method that is known for rapid results and lasting deep character change. My style is direct and loving. 

I am passionate about understanding our neurobiology and how we can create change through understanding how trauma lives within the body. I work mindfully and somatically to include the whole picture when addressing symptoms.

Les Parsons

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Iron Mill Institute) Supervision Certificate

BA Hons (Humanities) Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate)

Having trained originally as a psychiatric nurse, working in community mental health projects for many years, I have been self-employed as a therapist and supervisor for over two decades. My training and experience, especially in community mental health, allows me to work with care and empathy on a wide range of issues. 

I bring a number of approaches to my work and always place central importance on forming a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that allows you to feel comfortable and speak openly about the difficulties you are facing. 

Nigel Summerton

Registered Accredited Member of BACP

European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)

Relate (Cert)

I have been working as a counsellor in Plymouth for over 25 years, initially with Relate then here at Personal and Relationship Counselling.  I took over the running of the practice around 15 years ago after the founders John and Gwen retired. I have a vast experience of working with both couples and individuals. 

I bring a number of approaches to my work, offering a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that allows you to feel comfortable and speak openly about the difficulties you are facing. 

Kamil Kostrzewa

BACP Accredited

Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy

Advanced Couple Course

Post Graduate Study in Social Preventative Treatment & Rehabilitation

Master’s Degree in Pedagogy Department


I am a fully qualified, MBACP accredited, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, offering a warm, confidential, non-judgmental space.

My work incorporates a range of issues, which include: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, rage, relationship issues, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, bullying, sadness, coping with serious health conditions, stress, suicidal thoughts, personality disorders, despair, change, addictions, low self-confidence, self-harm, trauma, grief, identity, sexual orientation.

I have experience in working with LGBTQIA+ clients, assisting with areas such as the difficulties of coming out, stigma, associated mental health issues, childhood bias, gender identity, high-risk sexual behaviour, and other issues. I am here to support you on your journey with full awareness of the specific pressures experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community. 

My sessions can be provided in both English and Polish.

Ferda Mesquita Barros


MBAcC Member of The British Acupuncture Council

BSc (Hons)


Diploma in Balneo-Physiotharapy

Ferda has been part of our practice since January 2021 setting up her private acupuncture clinic within our building, and has proved to be a very welcome addition.

She is a graduate of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Membership of the BAcC guarantees excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. Ferda practices Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which will allow her to treat Body, Mind and Soul at a deeper level.

Ferda was first drawn to acupuncture while working on cruise ships after achieving a diploma in Balneo-Physiotherapy in 2007. This allowed her to travel the world practicing on cruise ships where she met acupuncture practitioners, which led her to Chinese Medicine. Upon moving to the UK, Ferda decided to further her studies enrolling at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2013.

​Ferda is using the principles of traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment which includes feeling the pulse,

analysing the tongue, observing disease by taking the human body as a whole and treating each individual as unique. 

​In her practice Ferda is focusing on women’s health including, natural and assisted fertility, pregnancy and post-natal support, menstrual issues, musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal issues, fibromyalgia, migraines, insomnia, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia and TMJ. However, with the whole-body approach of Chinese Medicine, every problem has the potential to be addressed, therefore, Ferda's practice is not limited to these aspects alone.

When you come in for treatment with Ferda, you can expect a calm atmosphere of healing, an attentive and listening ear, and the gentle, effective approach of providing therapy and care for her patients.

Your first visit starts with a consultation, detailing questions about your health history to identify the root of the problem and to plan the best treatment for you.

Along with your acupuncture treatment you may receive free cupping, tui-na massage, guasha, moxibustion or ear seeds to compliment your treatment. Please wear loose clothing for your treatment. 

First visit up to 90 minutes £65 and Follow-up visit 60-75 minutes £50

If you would like to book an appointment or find out more about acupuncture and if it will be suitable for you, please contact Ferda direct on 07443434086 or email

Getting in touch

You are free to get in touch with us over the phone, by email, or using the contact form below to arrange a free 15-minute call. This allows you to ask any questions and decide whether couples counselling or psychotherapy is right for you - there is no obligation to book a session if you don’t want to. However, should you wish to proceed, you can use our booking system to select a time for your first session.

Want to know more about how we supply couples counselling and psychotherapy in Plymouth? Take a look at our Counsellors and Therapists page for further information on how our team of specialists can work with you.

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