About Alda



2014 - 2019 Private Practice - Counsellor & Psychotherapist                     Teignmouth and Exeter


2015 - 2017 Palace Gate Counselling Services - Counsellor                      Exeter



2012 - 2014 Private Practice - Counsellor & Psychotherapist

                    Mainly Spanish speaking clients

2012 - 2014 Spirasi - Psychotherapist for survivors of torture                      French speaking African clients

2011 - 2012 Living Life Counselling Services - Psychotherapist

2010 - 2011 Open Heart House - Counsellor for HIV+ clients

2008 - 2014 Training Mental Health Interpreters

2004 - 2008  Working as a Mental Health Interpreter


A Therapeutic Exploration of Brexit, WAC Now, Spring Issue 03, 2019, Westcountry Association for Counselling

The need for training in multicultural counselling, WAC Now, Spring 2015, Westcountry Association for Counselling

Vicarious trauma and posttraumatic growth : a study of how interpreters working in psychotherapy are impacted by their work, Master's Theses, Dublin Business School, 2012, Ireland, https://esource.dbs.ie/handle/10788/480

Meet Alda

My name is Maria Alda Gomez Otero, but most people call me Alda. I was born and raised in northern Spain, and I spent most of my adult life living in other countries: France, Portugal, Ireland and since 2014 I have my permanent residence in Devon (UK). 

I always loved the exotic sounds of foreign languages, and meeting people who were different to the norm, maybe because I often felt a bit different myself.

I dedicated the first part of my working life to study and explore languages and foreign lands, and then a huge emptiness and disillusion about the world shook me to the core, as if I couldn't feel anything anymore. Being a natural optimistic, this took me by surprise. I discovered that I was constantly in my head and I had a lot of negative self-talk. Tai chi and qigong, mindful moving meditation exercises originating in China helped me become more grounded and calm, more present in my life. I sought the help of skilled psychotherapists who helped me integrate difficult experiences from my past and a new self-belief and confidence emerged. I was sure I would be able to build a happier life for myself.

Having discovered the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy to help anyone experiencing life difficulties, I decided to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist to help others make their own transition into a richer life. 

I discovered that I was a natural and I am constantly learning to incorporate new knowledge. Life seems like an adventure and I feel privileged to be able to accompany those who are experiencing tough times.

My work is informed by my life experiences and sound knowledge of different psychotherapeutic approaches. 


2019 Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner


2010 Master's Degree in Psychotherapy

         Dublin Business School - Dublin, Ireland

2008 Higher Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

         Dublin Business School - Dublin, Ireland



Currently training in Complex trauma with Janina Fisher.

EFT Level 1 and 2 with Rowena Beaumont.

PTSD & Attachment Theory with Felicity de Zulueta.

Ongoing Trauma Workshops in the Centre for the Care of Survivors of Torture, including training with Renos Papadopoulos.

Creative approaches

Certificate in Sandtray Therapy with Lindsey Talbott.

Introduction to Art Psychotherapy with Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale.

Introduction to Ecopsychotherapy with Caroline Frizell.

Introduction to Family Constellations with Ursula Maria Bell.


Introduction to Polyamory with Tina Hill-Art.

Diversity with Colin Lago and Divine Charura.

Working as a Counsellor with HIV+ clients.


Rage, Anger and Relationship with Sue Parker Hall.

About Death and Dying Matters with Liz Rothschild.

Professional Affiliations

Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner with Emotional Freedom Techniques International (EFTi)

Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) (Accred)



Room 2, The Haven, 11 Gandy St, Exeter, EX4 3LS


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Tel: 01392 573776

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