About me


We all have stressful and challenging times in our lives; talking about and exploring your problems without being judged may be able to help you clarify your difficult thoughts and feelings. Counselling gives you the time and space to just be yourself and talk about what's going on for you.

My name is Deborah Fyrth, and I'm based in Lower Sunbury, where I work from a beautiful purpose-built counselling room which offers a tranquil, safe, private setting, offering face-to-face and online counselling.

I have recently re-opened my face-to-face counselling practice, with appropriate  Covid-19 precautions.

I believe that counselling can help clients plan their journey in more resourceful ways and rediscover their potential for managing problems, coping with crises and building fulfilling relationships.

Clients come to see me with a wide range of issues, including (but certainly not limited to!) depression, anger management, anxiety, stress, loss and bereavement, low self-confidence and self-esteem, phobias, trauma and abuse, relationship problems, addictions/compulsions, substance misuse, and work-related issues - or just looking to work on personal growth and development.

I work with individuals. I offer daytime and evening appointments. Much of my work with private clients is open-ended (i.e., as few or as many sessions as the client wishes); time-limited contracts are also available if appropriate.  I also offer "training therapy" to student counsellors who are required to be in therapy as part of their training and "Time to Talk" therapeutic and/or self-care sessions for counsellors and other therapists (e.g., holistic therapists, etc.).

First and foremost, I'm an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, which means that I offer a warm, non-judgemental and confidential environment where you can safely talk about anything that's troubling you.  Respect, for the client's uniqueness and autonomy, confidentiality, and judgement-free support are central to this counselling relationship.  If you find it hard to put things into words, we can also work with, for example, drawing, toys, stones and shells, etc.

Where appropriate, I integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy into my counselling. CBT focuses the work of counselling on challenging, disputing, reality-testing and reframing negative and unhelpful thought patterns which might have become habits or self-fulfilling prophecies, facilitating constructive changes in behaviour and helping clients learn new coping skills.

I also offer Solution Focused Brief Therapy, where appropriate.  SFBT is a very practical model of therapy.  It is change-oriented, future-focused and goal-directed and aims to help clients build realistic goals, utilising their own skills and strengths.  "Solution" in this context basically means "Doing something different"!

I hold a BACP recognised Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, and offer online (via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime) or telephone counselling to clients based anywhere in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

"Time to Talk" sessions: even for counsellors and therapists, life happens with all its struggles and it can be hard to feel centred and hold onto our emotional resilience. It can also be hard to acknowledge and prioritise the need for good self-care practice. I therefore offer counsellors and therapists a chance to talk confidentially and acquire support and self-care strategies.

Because I know it's not easy sharing with a complete stranger, I offer an initial lower-cost 50 minute session where we can get to know each other and you can talk about what's bringing you to counselling and what you'd like to gain from your counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor, and a member of the BACP Register.

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrated Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited course) from Guildford College. I also hold a CSCT Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a CPCAB Award in Understanding Substance Misuse, and a Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I also hold a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. I continue to update my learning via regular Continuing Professional Development courses and workshops.

As well as my private practice, I currently work as a School Counsellor at a prestigious State Boarding School and until recently was working as a Counselling Caseworker in the Student Counselling Service at a local University.  I've also worked in GP Surgeries, an NHS Staff Support Service and for charitable organisations including Women's Counselling (working with survivors of abuse) and Off The Record (a youth counselling service).  Whilst training as a counsellor, I worked for Victim Support Surrey, supporting survivors of crimes such as burglary, stalking and assault.

I have specific training in and experience of counselling clients affected by abuse, rape and domestic violence.

Before re-training as a counsellor, I worked for many years in Business Administration, Sales, Marketing, PR and Event Management in a variety of business environments.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Exam Anxiety
Health Anxiety

Self-Care and Self-Development

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information


Initial 50 minute session £40.

Subsequent sessions: £50 per 50 minute session daytime, £55 per 50 minute session after 6 p.m.
These rates may be negotiable - I have a limited number of lower-cost (£20-£40 depending on circumstances and time of day) sessions available for unwaged/low-waged clients, for clients on benefits, or for students or pensioners..  This can be discussed at our initial session.

If you feel you may need a longer session from time to time, this can be agreed by prior arrangement and is charged pro-rata.

Counselling Trainees: I have considerable experience of supporting trainee and newly-qualified counsellors through their training (and beyond). I charge £35-£40 (depending on time of day) per session (most training institutions mandate at least 40-60 sessions of weekly therapy during training)


Daytime and early evening appointments Tuesday and Thursday, morning appointments Friday

Further information

I offer short- and long-term (open-ended) contracts. I offer daytime and evening sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings during term-time, and on Wednesdays during school holidays.

My room has disabled access (inc. wheelchair access and off-street parking by prior arrangement).

I'm located in Lower Sunbury. Access by road is easy, with plenty of free on-street parking available. If you're using public transport, the 216 bus (Staines-Ashford-Sunbury-Hampton-Kingston) stops at the bottom of my road. I'm also within easy walking distance of bus routes 235, 555/557 and 290, and of Kempton Park or Sunbury Stations (South-Western Railway).

I am fully insured for client work and hold an enhanced CRB Disclosure.

Sunbury On Thames

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Off-road parking and wheelchair access are possible by prior arrangement.

Deborah Fyrth

Deborah Fyrth