Debbi Burch

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The Granary
Woodleys Yard
West St

7 Endymion Rd
Finsbury Park
N4 1EE

07957 111693

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The Granary
Woodleys Yard
West St

7 Endymion Rd
Finsbury Park
N4 1EE

07957 111693

About me

I have a grounding in humanistic psychotherapy, particularly TA, Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, the work of Virginia Satir and Formative Psychology. I have also been influenced by the Emotional Health work of Bob Johnson, by my experience of running Dialogue groups in prisons (based on the work of physicist David Bohm) and by my engagement in the emerging Integral field pioneered by philosopher Ken Wilber.

Bob Johnson’s approach centres on the understanding that children interpret traumatic and ordinary events to mean something negative about themselves, which then becomes their reality. He has cultivated a particular line of enquiry that, with a client’s consent, will reveal these hidden beliefs which can then be consciously reevaluated. These glimpses of truth can be compelling signs that growth and change are possible.

Formative psychology takes a somatic, or bodily approach to work with the postures and behaviours of the body that co-arise with these limiting self-perceptions. Although the cognitive reorganisation of limiting beliefs can reveal profoundly liberating truths, the body may have habituated many years of constriction and/or disconnection that also need reorganising if a more evolved perspective is going to have stability.

This entails a discipline that can be hard to commit to when the mind is used to believing the self is different from others and the body is used to feeling wrong, so it can help to have the support of a therapist to establish a practice of embodiment that the client can gradually take responsibility for.

According to Integral Evolutionary theory, this assumption about one's own wrongness in childhood is an ordinary developmental stage rather than a psychological glitch. It seems we need the discomfort of feeling wrong to impel us through the stages of forming an autonomous adult that is liberated back into being aware of its own connectedness to all life and an impulse towards further conscious, embodied evolution.

My experience of running Prison Dialogue groups helped me see that if a secure boundary is formed on a collective or individual level, life itself has an impulse to harmonise that emerges into that formed interior.

Using an EMDR perspective shows me that the experience of fear is what creates a dissociation, or disconnection from the body, which is the only instrument we have for forming that secure boundary at a personal level. In providing an imaginary safe place that a client can rest in and stay connected to the embodiment of their present, regardless of how traumatic their descriptions of memories might be, they can learn to strengthen that vital, enlivening connection to the matter of the ground through the re-mattering of their body. The fear is not the problem, as frightening as it is, as much as the disconnection from the matter of the body that can earth the current of the fear. The formative, generative work can then take place.

Running Anger Workshops reminds me that under the wildest, most destructive rage or the deepest, most icy constriction is fear created by a real or perceived loss or hurt that is interpreted as being about the self (as described above) which then creates more fear and therefore more denial of the embodied self.

But that very feeling of dislocation is what can remind each person to start looking for themselves, to come home and to grow their embodied connection to life. And that is what builds wholeness, love and competence.

If things never went 'wrong', how would we recognise the impulse to make this incredible journey?

Training, qualifications & experience

One year course in psychotherapy (Spectrum, 1993-4).

Postgraduate  course in psychotherapy(Spectrum, 1995).

Postgraduate continuation (Spectrum, 7 days yearly CPD on-going since 1996).

Counselling Skills (Spectrum, 1994).

Individual therapist since 1997.

Working with Couples training (Spectrum, 2002-3).

Couples therapist since 2003.

Working with Anger training (Spectrum, 1998-2002).

Working with Anger weekend workshop leader since 2002.

Dialogue facilitation training at HMP Whitemoor (Prison Dialogue, 1995-6).

Dialogue facilitator at HMP Whitemoor (1996-7).

James Naylor foundation conference (yearly attendance 2002-2009).

Formative Psychology Series (Spectrum, 4 days yearly CPD on-going since 1998).

EMDR Level 1 training and refresher (2002).

Integral Spiritual Experience (Asilomar, CA, 2009).

Week long silent Zen retreats with since 2011. At least one a year.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

self development

personal development

self actualisation


formative psychology

integral psychotherapy


Somatic therapy

Formative psychology


£70 Spectrum, London N4 (individuals & couples). Tuesday & Weds daytime & evenings.
Spaces come up sometimes, please call to enquire.

£60 The Granary, Woodley's Yard, West St, Aldbourne SN8 2BS. (individuals & couples). Monday, Thursday & Friday.
Spaces available.

Working with Anger weekend workshops at Spectrum, London N4.
10.00am until 5pm Sat/Sun. £250.
For dates refer to or call 0208 341 2277 for brochure.
Spaces available. Three workshops are run per year.

Fortnightly ongoing women's group (closed), London N4.
£340 (avg)
per term (6-8 fortnightly Tuesdays 6.30-9.30pm plus one Saturday per term).
Sorry, currently full.

Maps & Directions

Aldbourne, SN8 2BL
London, N4 1EE

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


weekdays and weekday evenings. Saturday morning.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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