Debbie Gillespie MSc PGCD MBACP (Accd) UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Debbie Gillespie MSc PGCD MBACP (Accd) UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Supervisor

CV34 5BZ

Leamington Spa

07990 517284

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CV34 5BZ

Leamington Spa

07990 517284

About me

I am a UKCP registered Clinical Psychotherapist and Supervisor with BACP Accreditation using Person Centred and Transactional Analysis therapies. I offer a free session so that clients have the opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for them.

I offer a confidential service, using an approach that is focused on the results clients want to achieve. I work with people who are over 18 years including couples, groups and family work .Day-time, evening and weekend appointments are available.

My practice is accessible from the Warwick and Coventry Universities, the surrounding villages and near to major employers.

My belief

My beliefs are based on the basic principles of Transactional Analysis: everyone has worth, can think and make decisions for themselves, their lives and are able to re-make their decisions in the "here-and-now",

Everyone has the right and the ability to fulfil their own potential and growth in life, and I offer the opportunity to explore your potential through therapy in a confidential, supportive and safe environment.

Why therapy?

You may be exploring therapy for a number of reasons.  You may be trying to cope with the loss of a partner or family member, the breakdown or difficulty of a relationship, trying to make sense of something which happened during your childhood or any other personal reason.

You may have a need to identify and change what you might think is unhealthy behaviour.  You may not be clear about the reasons for starting therapy, and that’s okay.

Many of us experience a general sense of unhappiness, anxiety, dissatisfaction and use therapy as a way of finding out what our thoughts, feelings and behaviours mean.

There are no right or wrong reasons.  It just takes willingness and some time to look closer at your concerns which you can’t make sense of on your own.

Many of my clients have been referred by existing or previous clients, and I have a high success rate with people engaged in professional roles, including business owners, doctors, lawyers and teachers.

What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a set of practical conceptual tools for personal growth and change, and a social psychology developed by Eric Berne MD.  According to Berne, Transactional Analysis is a powerful tool for human well-being that utilises the “Adult”, in both the client and therapist to sort out thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in personal difficulties.

As your therapist, I will work directly with you in the "here-and-now" to establish an equal and transparent working relationship and help to provide you with day-to-day tools to finding constructive and creative solutions to your problems.

The main TA concepts that we'll use during our work are that you are able to think clearly and develop new options and outcomes to your problems.  Transactional Analysis will help us to look at how we often re-play childhood strategies in grown-up life, even when these produce results which are self-defeating or painful.  I will also give you tools which you will be able to use in between sessions.

You are the expert on you and how you feel, think and behave, I will provide the expertise to understand yourself, your problems, the way you communicate with others, what you want to change and how you can change things in a way which suits you. We will make a contract for the changes and how I will help you to make these. During the process you will acquire some of the theory and models used which will help you to continue to develop when the therapy is over. These are easily remembered and applied - they are very intuitive.

You may wish to see some basic Transactional Analysis by accessing the web-site of one of my professional bodies: United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis, where the basic concepts are explained.

This link takes you to the relevant pages:

Transactional Analysis is used in all types of psychological matters from every day living problems to mental health difficulties - including child development. It provides a method of therapy for individuals, couples and families.

Professional bodies

I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) and abide by their guidelines for good practice and ethics.

I am also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and, if appropriate, can offer personal or career coaching. I abide by the CIPD’s code of conduct for professional and ethical practice.

Other information

As well as working in private practice, I have worked within the counselling service departments of local charities, including working with clients who have been bereaved and clients who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  I have also undertaken a clinical placement at a local acute psychiatric unit and community psychiatric centre (NHS).

I have worked in industry as a Human Resources Manager, helping employees to achieve their goals and potential.  My Human Resources experience allows me to successfully work with employers by providing Employee Assistance Programmes including counselling employees through the process of returning to work after long-term sick leave, redundancy, retirement and other employment related matters.

I also help people to develop good coping strategies for working with difficult or unreasonable bosses.

What my clients have said

"I needed empathy and challenge..... you gave me both"
"My self-esteem was rock-bottom and now I can hold my head up"
"I'd never considered psychotherapy before, but you helped me to relax into the sessions. I got a lot out of them, and have made many positive changes as a result of our work".

Areas of particular interest

-       Low self-esteem

-       Anger management

-       Addictions

-       Bereavement

-       Couples counselling

-       Depression

-       Anxiety

-       Psychosexual therapy

-       Abuse

-       Relationship issues

-       Career counselling

-       Dementia

-       Child related issues

-       Stress

-       Eating disorders

-       Low self-confidence

-       Work related issues

-       Bullying

-       Sexuality

-       Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

-       Trauma

-       Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

-       Phobias

-       Post Natal Depression

-       Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression

-       Personality Disorders

-       Sexual abuse

-       Affairs and betrayals

-       Schizophrenia

-       Tourettes Syndrome

-       Alcohol dependence

-       Generalised anxiety

-       Emotional abuse

-       Bing eating disorder

-       Drug abuse

-       Gambling

-       Borderline Personality Disorder

-       Panic Disorder

-       Anorexia Nervosa

-       Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Training, qualifications & experience

Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), 2013 - registration number 2011163858.

Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), 2004. Accreditation achieved in March 2015.

Member of the of the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA), 2006.

Member of the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA), 2011.

Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CMCIPD), 1997.

PTSTA(Psychotherapy) - UKCP Registered Supervisor, 2016.

Certificate in Person Centred Counselling, Warwickshire College, 2004.

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Warwickshire College, 2008.

TA 101 Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute, Kegworth, 2005.

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute, Kegworth, 2005.

Post Graduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, Middlesex University, 2011.

Certified Transactional Analyst as awarded by the European Association for Transactional Analysis, 2013.

MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Middlesex University, 2013.

Group Therapy, Berne Institute, Kegworth, 2009.

Phobia Therapy, Berne Institute, Kegworth, 2010.

OCN course in Bereavement, Myton Hospice, Warwick, 2005.

Couples Counselling, Berne Institute, Kegworth, 2008.

Diploma in Coaching, The Coaching Academy, 2009.

Professional Excellence Workshop, The Berne Institute, 2015.

Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst 2016

UKCP Registered Supervisor 2016

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal development
Facing change including: retirement, divorce, separation, redundancy, disability, menopause, children leaving home
Dealing with loneliness
Personal and corporate coaching
Student therapy and coaching


The first session is free, as this gives us the opportunity to mutually explore whether Counselling and Psychotherapy is right for you. If we both feel that it's the right course of action, the session will cost £50 per hour for individuals, and £75 per one and a half hours for couples.

Group, On-line and Telephone Counselling and Psychotherapy is available, and the fees are as follows:

Group - £20 per person per session.

On-line and Telephone - £50 per hour.

Coaching - the fee structure is available upon application.

Published articles

Further information

I occasionally have places available within a group. If this is something you are interested in, please contact me on 07990 517284.

I can also offer weekend appointments - Saturday and Sunday.

Maps & Directions

Warwick, CV34 5BZ
Leamington Spa, CV31

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Day-time, evening and week-end appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am on the UKCP supervisors' register.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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