About - your counsellor

Lara Hutchings

I am an experienced and qualified integrative counsellor. My approach is friendly, supportive and non-judgemental.
At the heart of my work I always take a person-centred approach.
This is based on the idea that we all have an innate tendency towards personal growth and fulfilment.
It is at times when we feel stuck that counselling can help us to regain our bearings and move forward.

I offer a safe and calm space in which I will work alongside you to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Increasing awareness and taking different perspectives can enable you to discover your own inner-resources
which in turn can bring about change and an improved sense of well-being.

As well as using talking to explore experiences I also offer creative interventions, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.


BSc. Honours degree in Psychology

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP Accredited)

Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (Iron Mill)

Diploma in Supervision (Safe Space For Counselling)

Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
(City and Guilds)

Geographical Area of Work


Restore Counselling is based in Barnstaple, North Devon.

If reaching Barnstaple is difficult for you
then please contact me as it may be possible
to offer you an alternative location.


Restore are able to deliver Workshops throughout Devon.

Additional Training

Certificate in online and telephone counselling (Counselling Tutor)

Working With Dissociative Disorders In Clinical Practice (Caroline Spring)

How the Body Releases Trauma (Peter Levine)

Working with Personality Disorders (Tower House)

TA101 - Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Iron Mill)

Substance Misuse and Young People (YSmart)

Healing from Childhood Trauma through the Therapeutic Relationship 1 and 2 (Survivers2Thrivers)

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour
(Life Change UK)

Introduction to Art Therapy (Insider Art)

The Hypnosis Experience For Counsellors (C J Howe)

Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse (ADVA)

Cultural Diversity and Health (NHS)

Working with Difference, Equality and Diversity
(Devon DAAT)

Work Background

I have a wide range of experience in a variety of counselling
and support work roles over a number of years.

At Addaction I worked with people affected by alcohol addiction and was involved in supporting the
'Relapse Prevention Group'.

As a volunteer at Homestart and a counsellor at Sure Start I have worked with parents and carers of young children experiencing a wide range of difficulties.

I have had a long involvement with Young Devon
as a Support Worker and Counsellor
to young people aged between 12 and 25.

At Young Devon I have also worked as a
Young Person's Advocate and
Specialist Therapeutic Support Worker.

In addition I have been a support counsellor for young people within a higher education setting in Exeter.

Throughout my career I have facilitated a range of training and workshops with groups of adults and teenagers.