Our Team

Suzi Garrod

Suzi Garrod Next Steps

Suzi is an End-of-Life, Grief and Loss Counsellor, Mindfulness Teacher and Clinical Supervisor. She recently completed her Masters in Death, Religion and Culture at Winchester University, and is planning to undertake further research into the development of integrated palliative care models as part of a PhD.

As Clinical Director of Next Steps, Suzi conducts initial client assessments, co-ordinates the counselling and group therapy team, manages the development of internal CPD courses and overseas the supervision of counselling trainees.

In addition, she sees clients at the Next Steps therapy centre on Tuesdays and offers Ecotherapy counselling sessions on other days.

Suzi is also the Centre Manager at Kingsbridge Age Concern (KBAC), a small independent charity which supports the physical and mental wellbeing of the elderly. The charity’s aims align perfectly with Suzi’s vision for Next Steps. Her goal is to establish an integrated model of community care to support the mental health and wellbeing of people who are grieving and/or facing the end of their life.

In her spare time, Suzi enjoys practicing yoga and meditation. She also swims in the sea all year round, paddle boards, and loves wild camping in the woods or on Dartmoor.

Laura Darvell

My name is Laura Darvell. I am a compassionate Integrative Counsellor who facilitates empowerment and transformation in my clients, using a range of therapeutic skills and the natural environment. I have a passion for being outdoors and have fully incorporated this relatively new approach to counselling into my practice. As part of the Next Steps counselling team, I offer clients the opportunity to process their feelings of grief and loss in either the therapy room or outdoors in our nature.

Our Ecotherapy sessions can take place in the woods or by the sea. We can walk together or simply sit with nature and reconnect with the environment around us. Since working in this way, I have found that the naturally peaceful surroundings, help my clients relax into a deeper understanding of their emotions, and the practice of connecting with nature becomes part of their personal self-care toolkit.