Debbie Fitchsampson, MBACP (Accredited), Chartered MCIPD

Debbie Fitchsampson, MBACP (Accredited), Chartered MCIPD

Bishops Cleeve


01242 323244 / 07510 146452

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Bishops Cleeve


01242 323244 / 07510 146452

About me

At times we can all struggle with life's challenges. Whether something has recently happened in your life, or whether your difficulties go back further, I would be pleased to support you and help you to look at how things could be different for you.

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor who has helped clients with a wide range of concerns. I work in a warm, professional and supportive way, enabling you to explore your difficulties without judgment or criticism and in a space where you will feel valued. I see individual clients and couples for either short term focused work or more open ended work.

As your counsellor I will be interested in helping you to understand your difficulties and if appropriate their origins, and together we can think about how things could be different for you.

To give you a little more flavour of me and my experience, alongside my private practice I provide counselling in a busy doctors surgery, which I visit one afternoon a week. In addition I work part-time with a large counselling organisation, where, as an experienced counsellor, I meet new clients for an assessment of their needs, provide counselling through Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and see Couples for relationship counselling.

Individual Counselling

You may be turning to counselling as a result of a significant life event that has left you struggling, such as a relationship breakdown, a trauma, a situation at work, a bereavement, or diagnoses of an illness; the list of reasons why people come to counselling is very long.

Perhaps you have more deep rooted difficulties you would like to explore and move on from. Such issues might include childhood trauma or abuse, reoccurring depression or anxiety, anger management issues, self-harm or reckless behaviour, panic attacks, feeling bad tempered, and generally struggling with life.

Alternatively you might be looking for counselling to support you through your own personal growth and development. This might be a work related change or related to your self-esteem, or assertiveness or life style in general.

Couples Counselling

When I work as a couples counsellor I take care to listen impartially to both partners. As your counsellor I will remain neutral but at the same time try to understand your individual perspectives. You may be experiencing a particular difficulty or general problems; you may be looking to work things through or to make a decision whether or not to stay in the relationship. Having time and space to talk through your relationship difficulties with a counsellor can help to make things clearer and help you to find a way forward.

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Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include:

  • WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Accredited member of BACP
  • Post diploma training in Solution Focused Short Term Therapy
  • Post diploma training in Couples Counselling
  • Mediation skills training
  • Chartered MCIPD
  • BA (hons) degree

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

From my first career, over 15 years in HR management, I have experience of public and private sector  organisations and work place issues. In particular I can offer counselling to support:

  • work related stress
  • career change
  • bullying and harassment at work.
  • reorganisations
  • redundancy issues
  • support for those going through disciplinary or grievance processes


Individual Counselling
£40 for 50 minutes

Couple Counselling
£50 for 50 minutes

Further information

If you would like to arrange an appointment or if you would like to discuss what sort of counselling you are looking for please get in touch for an initial conversation.

You can call me on either of my private numbers 01242 323244 or 07510 146 452. If I miss your call, you can leave a confidential message and I will get back to you promptly. Alternatively you may prefer to get in touch by email. If so please email this is also private and confidential.

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL52
Cheltenham, GL50

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer daytime and evening appointments in Bishop's Cleeve (free parking available) and central Cheltenham. I currently have some availability Tuesday and Thursday daytime.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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