Debbie Walker MBACP
I am a Supervisor and Senior Counselling/Psychotherapy practitioner with 18 years experience. My private practice is located in Potters Bar, Herts. I offer both short term and long term counselling to individuals, couples and/or other family members with appointments available daytime and evenings.
What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling & psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to explore and understand those thoughts and feelings which build up over time. They can start off small and end up consuming you. They can become intrusive and unmanageable. If you recognise this in yourself, then talking therapy can help manage those thoughts and emotions. With the right support you can face and even overcome those obstacles in your life. Today more and more people are recognizing the value of talking to a trained therapist.
What usually happens as the therapy progresses, is that you begin to feel stronger and more confident to make those changes you may have thought impossible.
It is a unique chance to understand your personal patterns of behaviour which often brings with it a self confidence and calmness. People report feeling a renewed energy which helps them to navigate areas of their life they have previously left unexplored.
How I can help
I try to understand your journey without judgement. I ask questions and offer strategies to help and support you. It is hoped by doing this you would be able to suspend your own judgement as we are often our harshest critique. The effect this often has is it reduces the pressure and anxiety surrounding the issue. Often there are solutions in our life that we are are unable to face or feel that we do not deserve.
My 18 years experience includes working with people with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, the effects of childhood trauma & neglect, low self-esteem/confidence, relationship problems, self-harm, stress, life changes, mental health, addictions and adult trauma. Please see below for more details of my work experience.
I believe whole-heartedly in what I do and I have seen profound changes in the people who have come to me for my support.
I understand how daunting it can be to pick up the phone and speak with a stranger about something very personal in your life. I know because I have done it myself, I became a therapist by going to a counsellor when I needed help. The experience changed my life for the better. I learned to get out of my own way and do something I love. So here I am talking to you.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my profile. I hope what you have read has given you some hope and a flavour of who I am and how I work.
If you have any question, please call me and ask away!
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are as follows:
- DDP Levels 1 & 2
- Supervision Diploma
- Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt
- Advanced Humanistic Integrative Diploma
- Certificate in Adoption - Barnardos Link Services
- NVQ4 Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care
I have 18 years of experience working with adults and young people within various organisational settings. This includes:
- Turning Point - Substance Misuse Counsellor
- Each Counselling - Domestic Violence Counsellor
- Barnardos Link - Adoption, Senior Practitioner
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I worked for 5 years in an addictions center supporting individuals with various addictions including: gambling, drugs, alcohol and sex.
I have also worked with the families and friends of those addicted to cope with the harmful effects of their behaviour on the spouses, parents and children.
My experience spans 2 GP surgeries working with individuals experiencing anxiety, stress and depression. I spent a year working in a mental health ward at the QEII in Welwyn Garden City supporting people with more extreme forms of mental health.
The Adoption Triangle (Birth Parents, Adoptee, Adoptive Family)
I am an approved Adoptions Counsellor with Barnardos Link Adoption Agency. Barnardos is registered with Ofsted to provide adoption placement and support services. For those affected by adoptions you may be able to access free counselling through Hertfordshire Council. Please call for more information.
Domestic abuse is the term used to describe the physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse of one person by another person who is or has been in a close relationship to them. Domestic abuse is more common than people think. One women in four will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
I have worked with the survivors of violence for 10 years to help them to reclaim their lives.
I offer coaching in particular areas i.e. training, employment, health. Call now for a consultation.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
- Psychodynamic therapy
I offer a free 30 minute consultation and hope you take the chance to give me a call and begin the change.
My fees are £50 per session for individuals and £65 for couples and families.
Concessions are available for students and those on low incomes.
I am located off Junction 24 on the M25 and I am easily accessible by road and buses 313 and 298.
There is off street parking available and for those who have mobility restrictions there are 2 steps into the property.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work from home in a bungalow so there are very few steps to the consultation room.
Daytime & Evenings
Types of client