Debra Nash - Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP
Hi, I'm Debs and I'm a proficient, down-to-earth and supportive individual and couples counsellor with a natural interest in relationships, bereavement/loss and also trauma, and how they can impact our lives; often more than we feel we can deal with.
I'm interested in relationships between people because I recognise the importance of the need to connect with others, to meet our needs and in general everyday life; however, the complexities of characters, histories, and how some people relate can have negative as well as positive effects on us as a person in our own right. Relationships are quite some dance if we don't know the steps...
I'm also fascinated by the body, and how it absorbs and reacts to life events, particularly trauma. I like to work with feelings and emotions because I think they drive us, often subconsciously, and becoming aware of them and how our body and brain connects can tell us so much.
I'm first and foremost a Person Centred counsellor; which means I work with your emotions and how you are affected by what it is you need to speak about, and I do this by creating the most suitable environment for you to be able to speak openly and honestly about your life in complete safety. I have undertaken Couples specific counselling training, have additional training knowledge in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and I formerly qualified with Cruse too, the bereavement charity. I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am fully insured.
As a person I'm naturally friendly and welcoming, with good intentions and a warm approach.
Why come to counselling?
Sometimes we just know that we need someone to speak to other than a friend or family member, because what we are feeling and what's happening in our lives feels too big to cope with or to worry a loved one with. That's when most people consider counselling.
It's easy to think that others have more valid worries, and to hold ourselves back with feelings that we should 'pull our socks up and get on with it', if that's how we were raised. However, if your worries are affecting you and your daily life, then that's important. You may feel that your pain is not as big as someone else's, but it's your pain and you are feeling it. No issue is too small if you really feel you need to talk.
Most people want to resolve an issue, and they think a counsellor will be able to do that for them. While every counsellor I know would love that to be the case, we are merely facilitators; helping you to find your own voice to discover who you are, what you want to achieve and how you think you can do that.
What can be achieved?
Through counselling you can talk out loud your worries to someone who is really listening and who can begin to understand your feelings and concerns from your unique perspective. That's what we are most trained to do, to listen and to really hear you.
Sometimes you can solve your problems and sometimes circumstances are out of your control. The level of what's achievable is something you will have to consider, and what is achieved might not be what you expected or what you set out for. Whatever the outcome, your counsellor is there to support you.
At the heart of many problems and life issues is a lack of confidence or self esteem and anxieties about one thing or another, and working with a counsellor is one way to work on these parts of ourselves. By talking, reflecting, making decisions and changes, confidence and self worth can build, which can ripple into all quarters of our life for the better.
Are all counsellors the same?
Yes and no. I personally think that what drives us unites us, as we generally all want to help others with the skills and theories we have learned. However, we are all individual people in our own right, with training in differing theories and approaches. What and who is right for one person may not be right for another. You need to feel comfortable with who you choose to work with, so it's wise to get the right feel of the therapist from their profile and in session. We do understand our practise differences, and I personally won't be offended if my description or approach isn't what you're looking for.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and passed the BACP's formal assessment to qualify on my governing body's accredited register. Additionally I have trained in couples counselling, and also completed bereavement counselling with the charity CRUSE, passing their Awareness in Bereavement Care qualification with additional Ascentis accreditation.
I have worked with clients since the spring of 2012, including working with Platform 51 women's agency in Nottingham, covering a range of relationship, life event and abuse issues. I also volunteered with the charity ISAS (Incest & Sexual Abuse Survivors) for two years, providing free counselling for sexual abuse survivors.
I have a particular interest in relationships and also trauma work. I have worked with a number of clients with Post Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity Disorder and other mental health conditions.
* CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
* CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theory
* CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
* Ascentis Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care with additional accreditation
* Advanced Post Diploma Certificate - Person Centred Couples Course (Counselling Workshops and Training LLP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
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£40 per 50 minute session (individuals)
£50 per 60 minute session (couples)
£30 per 50 minute session for student counsellors (subject to evidence of enrolment in training)
Please contact me if you would like to discuss the potential for us to work together. There is no obligation and you can ask me all the questions you need answering to see if I might be the right therapist for you.
Any arranged appointment that is cancelled or postponed within 48 hours is subject to a charge of 50% of the cost of the appointment, and within 24 hours is subject to full payment. I welcome any discussion about these terms in these events.
I'm pleased to be able to offer my practice in my private garden therapy room in Wingerworth, Chesterfield; a space I've been able to personally create for clients to feel comfortable and safe as they explore their issues.
The room has it's own separate access from a quiet cul-de-sac and benefits from on-street parking. There is one step to access the room, so it is suitable to those with limited mobility. I have toilet facilities and offer drinks.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available late afternoons & evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|