Deborah Butler Dip. Psych., MBACP, UKCP reg
I am an experienced, qualified adult psychotherapist and counsellor working in the City of London and Balham, South West London. I see a wide variety of people of all ages and they bring many different issues they want to talk about. I am trained to work with adults and see young adults but not school age children. Most of the work I do is long-term open-ended but some people want short-term focussed work and when I meet with you we decide what we think would be best given your specific needs. We would meet once a week in a regular weekly session, although I am trained to see people more frequently if necessary, and we would be able to think together about what may be troubling you. Some of the issues I deal with are:
- anxiety and stress (eg panic attacks)- depression
- bi-polar/manic depression
- low self-esteem
- difficulties at work
- loss, including bereavement, divorce, redundancy
- family issues
- relationship difficulties, including repeating the same relationship, difficulties finding and sustaining relationships or conflict
- trauma including abuse or violent crime
- infertility, postnatal depression, termination and abortion
- identity and sexual issues, eg sexuality.
I work from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective, based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may stem from experiences earlier in our lives. Understanding these can help you to gain fresh insights and to find the best way forward.
Taking the first step to seek help and contact a counsellor is not easy and you will want to ensure the person you chose to work with is properly qualified and experienced. It is also important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor because counselling is a collaboration between two people working together. I offer an initial consultation to enable you to meet me, ask any questions you may have and to explore your needs and expectations of counselling.
All enquiries are strictly confidential and you do not need a GP referral to make an appointment. To set up an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have please contact me by telephone or e-mail.
Training, qualifications & experience
I did my professional training at WPF Therapy and hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling and Psychotherapy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies from Roehampton University. Following this initial four year training which qualified me to see people once a week, I did a further two years training at WPF to enable me to work more frequently with people that needed it; I am now qualified to work twice-weekly. WPF places great emphasis not only on a candidate's theoretical knowledge but perhaps more importantly on their clinical work and insight gained from personal therapy.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP). I subscribe to the strict ethical codes of both of these organisations.
I addition to private practice I have been teaching seminars on counselling and psychotherapy at WPF for the past eight years. I also work in the voluntary sector running workshops on therapeutic parenting for parents and carers of fostered and adopted children.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues associated with infertility.
Issues which arise from being involved in adoption and/or fostering, either as an adoptee/'cared for' person, adopter/foster-carer or birth parent.
My fees for a regular 50 minute session in Balham start at £65 for daytime sessions and £70 for morning and evening sessions.
My fee for a regular 50 minute session in The City is between £90 - £110.
An initial consultation in the City is £70 and in Balham £65. I find it works best if we meet twice before deciding whether to work together. Each session will last 50 minutes.
The purpose of the initial consultations is to enable you to meet me, talk about your needs and expectations and ask any questions you may have. If we decide to work together we will agree a regular appointment at the same time on the same day each week.
I offer a limited number of reduced fee places for those on a low income or in financial difficulties.
I work in comfortable safe rooms in both locations.
In the City my rooms are directly outside Mansion House tube station (District & Circle lines) and a 3 min walk from Bank station (Central, DLR, Northern, & Waterloo and City lines).
In Balham my room is located a 10 minute walk from Balham tube (Northern line) and Balham and Streatham Hill main line stations into Victoria or London Bridge. It is also accessible from major bus routes.