Ingrid Koehler

Ingrid Koehler

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07932 734387

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Therapist - Exeter

Exeter EX1
07932 734387
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Mondays and Fridays only.  Wednesdays commencing late summer/early autumn 2022.  Tuesdays: online only.

About me and my therapy practice

It takes courage to recognise that we need help when we are in distress and don't know how to get the help. Distress ranges from stress and anxiety about things in life: feelings of being out of control; feeling a sense of being overwhelmed or confused, depressed or sad, even for no definable reason; feeling hurt or vulnerable, angry, frustrated, desperate, or needy because of particular circumstances or our life history. It can also show up as being very emotional all the time or just as a feeling of flatness and pointlessness and as a ‘nervous breakdown’. Guilt, shame and regret also can deeply affect us and having physical pain, chronic ailments and poor health take their toll. Counselling is very effective for the long-term effects of trauma, whether it be from emotional abuse and protracted neglect, or by being shocked, horrified or terrified. We can be impacted by a particular event, which may even be in the distant past. Also, the effects of long-term grief and loss and can linger and affect us. My approach is of non-judgemental, unconditional acceptance of all that you are, and want to talk about at your pace and according to your level of comfort, in a safe space of caring, trust, confidentiality and safety. Counselling brings new insights and awareness of our problems, behaviour and distress, and it can help us to develop compassion and empathy for ourselves. I also work with couples with relationship difficulties. I want both women and men to understand one another in order to create loving partnership. My work with couples is based on the model of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), as developed by Dr Sue Johnson. It is a collaborative, structured, usually short-term therapy approach.

Practice description

I have practiced privately since 2011.  I have a background in nursing in the NHS for over 20 years, having worked with cancer patients.  I started working with couples in 2019 and am working towards being a certified EFT Couples Therapist with ICEEFT, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

My counselling room is on the 3rd/top floor of this building.  It has many steps...   There are several car parks nearby, eg Magdalen St and Princesshay and metered parking in Southernhay East and West.  

My first session

In the first session I will ask you to tell me what brings you to counselling.  I will then ask some details about your circumstances, family history and a short risk assessment.   I will give you some information about how I work and some of my 'terms and conditions' regarding confidentiality, cancellation policy, data protection etc.  At the end of the session will then decide if we can work together going forward.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling