1-2-1 Counselling: Deborah Fyrth, Registered MBACP (Accred)
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.
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 developments.
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 also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 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"!
"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 and a CPCAB Award in Understanding Substance Misuse. 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 as a PA/Office Manager in a variety of business environments.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Self-Care and Self-Development
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Individuals: £50 per 50 minute session daytime, £55 per 50 minute session after 6 p.m.
These rates may be negotiable - I may have a limited number of lower-cost (£35-£40 depending on time of day) sessions available. 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.
Initial 50 minute session: £40
Counselling Trainees: £35-£40 (depending on time of day) per session (most training institutions mandate at least 40-60 sessions of weekly therapy during training)
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 other days during school holidays and university vacations.
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-West Trains).
I am fully insured for client work and hold an enhanced CRB Disclosure.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Off-road parking and wheelchair access may be possible by prior arrangement.
Daytime and early evening appointments Tuesday and Thursday, morning appointments Friday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|