1-2-1 Counselling: Deborah Fyrth, Registered MBACP (Accred)
Counselling gives you the time and space to just be yourself and talk about what's going on for you. 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.
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 (adults and young people 16+). I also work with couples - in this context, "Couple" means any two people in a relationship, so can include, e.g., two friends; two colleagues; a parent plus one child (over 16). 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.
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"!
Because I know it's not easy sharing with a complete stranger, I offer an initial low-cost 30 or 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 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). I've also worked for Victim Support Surrey, supporting survivors of crimes such as buglary, stalking and assault.
I have specific training in and experience of counselling clients affected by abuse, rape and domestic violence. I also have specific training for and experience of counselling clients in the 11-18 age-group (NB: I always seek the consent of parent/guardian to work with clients aged under-18).
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 abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- 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
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Individuals: £50 per 50 minute session
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 30 minute session: £25; Initial 50 minute session £40
Couples: Initial session 60 minutes: £60; Subsequent sessions 90 minutes: £90
Couples counselling normally takes place at intervals of 3-4 weeks (so that the clients can process the session and undertake and process any homework tasks) and up to 8 sessions are offered.
Counselling Trainees: £35 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 Thursdays and Fridays 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|
Daytime appointments available Thursday-Friday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|