Marissa Acton

Marissa Acton Relationship CounsellingI began counselling training back in 2005 whilst working as a registered Mental Health nurse in Dorset. I have continued to develop my counselling over various further training and I am now able to draw on many techniques and approach to work in an integrative way, responding flexibly to each new client.

As well as my private practice, I currently work for Relate in Plymouth and Exeter as a relationship counsellor.

I live in South Devon with my family. I enjoy running, philosophy and playing the Ukelele-rather badly!

Professional Training

  • Relate Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Relate Level 4 Relationship Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Regents College of Psychotherapy Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling SKills (CPAB)
  • BSc Hons Clinical Nursing – Mental Health (R.M.N)

As a trained professional, I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCAP) and work strictly within their ethical framework. I ensure my continued professional development through attendance at regular training events as well as having all my cases overseen in supervision by senior counselling practitioners. I have a current enhanced D.B.S check and full professional liability insurance.

What is Relationship Counselling?


Relationship Counselling has a particular focus upon relationships but it is designed around your unique requirements. This means that I will work with any concerns you wish to bring but always maintain a relational focus. You can come as an individual or a couple. You don’t need to be in a relationship at present and all forms or relationship issues are dealt with (romantic, friendships, family, colleagues). I am Relate trained, this means I can offer an expert approach as a relationship specialist.


Common areas that may be impacting a relationship can include:

Communication difficulties | Conflict | Intimacy/sex | Affairs | Parenting | Family issues | Negative thoughts/feelings | Stress | Depression | Anger | Jealousy | Control Issues | Dissatisfaction | Loneliness | Difficult life events/Transitions


The aim of counselling is to help you better understand yourselves, your life situations, and your relationships. By exploring concerns in this way, it empowers you to take control of your choices and make positive changes. You can then develop healthier coping mechanisms that enhance your wellbeing and relationships.


If You Would like To Book Relationship Counselling Please Contact Us


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