Debbie Gratton, Adv.Dip.Couns. Registered MBACP
The Olney Treatment Rooms
15 Osborns Court
St Giles House
76 St Giles Street
Welcome to my profile. I am a fully trained, experienced, counsellor specialising in eating disorders. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of their Specialist Division for Counsellors in Private Practice. I am therefore committed to working in an ethical manner and as such, adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
My background is in private practice. I have previously worked as a counsellor for the mental health charity MIND, working with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, panic attacks, loss, obsessional thoughts to name a few. I have also worked as a counsellor for BalancED MK (Milton Keynes Eating Disorder Support Service) who continually support people affected by eating disorders, through self-support groups and education.
My practice is based in central Northampton. As a therapist, I believe that we are all unique and experts in our own internal world. I offer a professional, confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment that will help you to explore your own experiences in a way that feels right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling (2003 - 2006)
- Certificate in Eating Disorders (2007 - 2008)
- Group Psychoanalysis (2009 - 2010)
- Lecturer in Counselling: Levels 3 & 4 (2011 - 2014)
- Numerous hours in Continuing Professional Development, including Eating Disorder Conferences, Masterclasses focusing on Eating Distress and workshops (ongoing)
- Post-graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy (2015 - to date)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
First consultation: 30 minutes, £25.00
Ongoing sessions: 50 minutes, £40.00
48-hours advanced notice is required to cancel or reschedule a session, otherwise the full fee is payable. There is no charge for pre-arranged breaks or holidays. You are able to terminate the counselling at any time.
I hold professional indemnity insurance.
To book your first session I can be contacted at:
Tel: 0777 028 5830
If I am unable to answer, please leave your name and telephone contact details and I will answer your call within 24 hours.
An eating disorder is defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person's physical or mental way of being. Eating disorders include:
- Anorexia nervosa: Where people eat very little or nothing at all and therefore have a very low body weight.
- Bulimia nervosa: Where people eat a lot and then try to rid themselves of the food.
- Binge eating: Where people eat large amounts of food in a short period of time.
- Night eating syndrome: Excessive nighttime food consumption.
- Pica : Where people eat non-food items.
- Rumination disorder: Where people regurgitate food.
- Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Where people have a lack of interest in food.
- Purging: Where people purge without binge eating.
- Food phobias: Where people are afraid of certain foods.
- Selective eating disorder: Associated with food phobia.
- Body dysmorphia: Where people are obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance.
- Emotional eating: Where people eat large amounts of food in response to negative emotions.
- Prader-Willi syndrome: Where there is a complex genetic disorder and people have an insatiable appetite that results in never feeling full.
- ENDOS: Eating disorders not otherwise specified and do not fit into any category.
Eating disorders are complex, but talking and expressing your thoughts and painful feelings can be a helpful way of dealing with something so difficult to manage. It is unlikely that an eating disorder is a result of one single cause and is much likely to be a combination of events, feelings or pressures which can be overwhelming.
if you think that counselling would help you, please contact me using any of the contact details listed above.
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