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About me

Welcome, I am pleased to say that face to face sessions are continuing with some important COVID safety measures in place in the clinic and counselling room. Thank you for visiting my counselling profile. I am BACP Accredited and offer face to face individual counselling/psychotherapy in the Basingstoke area, Hampshire.

Life can be stressful at times and we can sometimes feel overwhelmed and less able to cope. Difficulties can arise at work, at home and within relationships that have a knock on effect for our well being.

Counselling offers you a safe and confidential environment to explore whatever may be troubling you and I will work alongside you to help you make sense of how you are feeling.

If this is where you find yourself today, please call or email me to book a free half hour initial meeting which allows us to meet face to face and for us to decide if working together is the way forward for you as I believe that in counselling both the approach and relationship with your counsellor hold equal importance. I am also happy to call you if you would rather have an initial conversation by telephone instead.

I work with individuals (over the age of 18) for face to face short and longer term therapy. Areas I deal with include anxiety, depression, bereavement, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, termination for abnormality, work related stress, pregnancy depression and anxiety, postnatal depression and anxiety.

I am based in comfortable and convenient rooms in

  • the Backs and Joints Clinic, Basingstoke, Hampshire, close to the town centre and transport links.

Areas covered by the clinic where I am based include Basingstoke, Alresford, Hook, Odiham, Fleet, Tadley and Newbury. The clinic is convenient for travel from Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire., close to Basingstoke town centre and the transport links there.

Often clients sense they need someone outside of their family and social network to talk through their problems with, as this allows more freedom for them to say how they are feeling than is often possible within close relationships.

I work mainly from a person-centred approach, being alongside you in a supportive and non-judgemental way as you explore your issues.

Please feel free to email/telephone me to make an appointment or if you have any questions about the service that I offer. or visit my web site for more information

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy as a Means to Health, 1999
Diploma with Distinction in Bereavement Counselling, 2010
Certificate in Couples Counselling, 2012

In addition to my qualifications above, I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and these are some of the shorter courses I have attended:

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression, 2016
Working with people who self harm, 2014
Photographs and Therapy, 2014
PTSD following Childbirth and Perinatal loss, 2011
Working with experimental interventions, 2011
The Family of Origin, 2010
Working with happiness, 2009
Anticipatory Grief study day 2009
Teenagers and Bereavement study day 2009
CHASE Hospice Volunteer Bereavement Counsellors project 2008

I am an Accredited Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and as such I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am also a member of the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which provides regular training and the chance for professional networking.

Member organisations

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

'empty nest syndrome'
life adjustments such as having a baby, retirement and change in personal circumstance
postnatal depression and anxiety
pregnancy depression and anxiety

Photos & videos


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

Counselling Sessions last for 50 minutes and are typically weekly and cost £55. Some concessions may be possible depending on individual circumstance, please ask about this when you contact me and prior to your first session.

I work for a number of Private Health Insurance companies and it is possible your counselling may be covered by your insurer. Please ask at the time of making your appointment.

I offer a free, 30 minute, no obligation initial meeting where we can meet and discuss the counselling process and you can decide if you wish to pursue therapy further; this won't be a counselling session. Please indicate this is what you wish to book when you book your appointment.

Student counselling (ages 18 to 22 in full time education) available for £45 per 50 minute session for a contract of up to 6 sessions.

When I work

appointments available weekdays between 08.30-6pm

Further information

I have experience of working with students at a local university dealing with issues such as anxiety, low mood and low self confidence.

Having worked as a bereavement counsellor in a children's hospice I have particular experience of working with the bereaved, including pregnancy loss, termination for abnormality and loss of a child. I also have experience of working with people living with a life-limiting diagnosis and those caring for them.

I work with new Mums where there may be concerns about postnatal depression and also with pregnant women who may be experiencing anxiety or depression.

Debbie Kelly Counselling, Within Backs And Joints Clinic, 18 Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3DU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

room accessed via a flight of stairs