Deborah Bennett Dip Couns MBACP(Reg)
0131 622 0286
I can now offer sessions in East Lothian (Haddington & North Berwick), as well as Falkirk and Edinburgh.
I began counselling from a genuine interest in what makes us tick; how we become who we are, with all our flaws and strengths.
We all develop strong coping mechanisms as we try to deal with what life throws at us, but sometimes these can also prevent us moving forward. So, I offer a supportive and confidential environment in which you can explore these things,and discover new strengths and resources within yourself to help you reach your full potential. You hold the answers; we just have to work together to find them.
I have worked with clients who have brought all sorts of difficulties, amongst which are things like:
Low self esteem
In addition to general counselling, I have specialist qualifications in relationships counselling and bereavement (I offer support to clients who have lost pets). These allow me to work confidently with issues such as:
Affairs and Betrayals
Separation and divorce
Sex and intimacy
Anger and guilt
Despair & Suicidal thoughts
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work according to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. www.bacp.co.uk
I hold a Diploma in Relationships Counselling & I am registered with Relationships Scotland.
I have a Certificate in Bereavement Counselling Skills and am an experienced counsellor with CBCS (Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland).
I am experienced in offering time limited work (normally up to 6 sessions) that is focused and goal orientated, or longer term psychotherapy where we can explore more complex issues in depth.
I offer sessions by phone and Skype, where appropriate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £60 per session.
Concessions may be available - contact me for information.
I recognise that people come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, and have different strengths and weaknesses. Whether you are looking for help with anxiety, depression, panic disorders or workplace stress, as an Integrative counsellor, I am able to tailor my approach to your needs.
I work with relationship problems whether you come as a couple or as an individual, and regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or ethnicity. People come looking for solutions to all sorts of relationship difficulties - problems building relationships, pregnancy, financial problems, intimacy, workplace, trust, etc. My job is to keep sight of your relationship’s needs, allowing space and time to work on communication and problem solving.
Usually, I offer an initial exploratory session to discuss what you want from counselling and gather some information. Occasionally, I may want to see a couple separately for a short time, so that they each have space and privacy to be open and honest. We will then reassess and decide together how the sessions will work.
Grief is a completely natural process but sometimes we struggle. The effects can be physical as well and emotional - fatigue, depression, numbness and guilt are all typical 'symptoms' of grief and loss. Family and friends often don’t know what to do or say, or offer unhelpful advice, and we are left feeling isolated and wondering how long this will go on, or if it never ends. It is at this point that bereavement counselling can help.
I will work with you to help you understand what is happening, and to find the resources that lie within you, so that you can cope and begin to rebuild your life.
I know that the death of a pet can be every bit as devastating as any other bereavement, and will work with respect and understanding.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Normal working hours, evening & weekend sessions
Types of client