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It All Happens In Exeter


So, if you are retail therapy orientated, you will have noticed that Crew Clothing has opened its new flagship national store right here in Exeter. You might also know that Crew Clothing were founded here in Devon (Salcombe). Whilst new shops have opened, Ted Baker also, these seem positive signs that Exeter is opening up again after the pandemic.

The theatres are open again and as we move closer to the start of a new academic term in September, we may be looking forward to more social freedoms in society.

The new academic term will bring its own excitement and challenges. New learning groups will form. Exeter Uni, Exeter College and specialist mental health colleges like the Iron Mill are all experiencing high demand for their courses and in particular mental – health based courses, such as foundation degrees in counselling, and diplomas in counselling or psychotherapy.

In fact, there seems to be record numbers of people wanting to study counselling or psychotherapy courses. This of course is great news, for we know the demand for psychological services is greater now than it has ever been. Here in the UK, and here in Exeter, therapy is more popular than ever. There were 1.2 million referrals to the National Health Service’s improved access to psychological therapies (IAPT) program ― a service that offers talking therapy ― in 2014-2015, according to data provided by the NHS. There were almost half a million more referrals (1.6 million in total) in 2018-2019. That’s not even taking into account the huge numbers attending private therapy. (Source HuffPost).

So with more people accessing therapy and a big increase in the numbers of people wanting to train to become counsellors, it seems that we as a nation are beginning to engage in our own mental health, which is of course a good thing.

So with new counselling and psychotherapy training cohorts starting in the new academic year, perhaps it really does all happen here in Exeter?

Tokyo Olympics & Mental Health


There is a growing awareness through all forms of media of mental health matters. It has become more acceptable to talk about mental health. We have seen high profile athletes be open about their own mental health. Simone Biles (US gymnast) really raised the profile of mental health in athletes. The Tokyo Olympics, like none before, has truly entered mental health into the public domain. It became okay for athletes to put their own mental health first. Further afield than the Olympics at Wimbledon tennis, Naomi Osaka was not the first professional tennis player to withdraw during a Grand Slam tournament because of mental health concerns. It is likely she will not be the last

So, did Simone Biles and other athletes who spoke out about their mental health and the pressure they felt, make it more acceptable to simply talk mental health? These last eighteen months, though this awful global Covid pandemic, the vast majority of us can at some level now have some understanding of what our mental health is. When we feel, anxious, flat (depressed), withdrawn or maybe that life just seems empty and pointless, these we know are aspects of our mental health being impacted. Our mental health can be impacted through the a variety of external and internal factors. Relationships that feel controlling, abusive or stuck can of course impact upon how we feel. The environment certainly impacts upon our mental well being. During the lockdowns, were you stuck indoors alone? With others? Without access to outdoor space? These are examples of how our environment also impacts us mentally?

If you would like to talk about your own mental health it is okay to reach out to our practitioners at Therapy@Barnfield.


We are delighted to announce that Therapy@Barnfield has opened its doors and our professional rooms are available for viewing.

Therapy@Barnfield is a dedicated professional space in one of the most sought after addresses in Exeter.

All rooms are fully serviced and include furniture, high-speed  WiFi internet and a reception area – all with flexible terms, allowing you to focus on developing your practice.

This is a great opportunity to step up to a professional address. allowing you to offer services to the people of Exeter and the surrounding areas.