Deb Instone

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MBACP&ACC. Accredited Supervisor and Counsellor couples&Inds
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Warrington, Cheshire, WA13 9GB
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified counsellor and supervisor working with individuals, couples and families and have BACP accreditation. I have completed over 5000 hours of counselling in NHS settings, colleges and private practice and with EAPS. I began training in 2000.qualifying from Salford University in person centred-counselling on an accredited course.I  completed a pastoral supervision certificate in 2022 to support those in ministry. I have completed a CBT certificate. I continued to do a postgraduate certificate in Counselling children and adolescents. I have trained to do solution focused therapy and a TA qualification and have trained to work with couples. I completed a Post Grad Diploma in 2012 Counselling and completed the Supervision module as part of that in 2008 I have redone my supervision training in 2017. I am a counsellor for students at an FE college 2 days a week . I have worked for the NHS offering staff counselling to employees at Cheshire Wirral Partnership Trust at Chester Hospital and now work regularly for other organisations offering counselling as I have great experience in workplace counselling.

I worked for Cheshire County Council as a counsellor in Occupational Health and Chester NHS Hospital and work for Employment Assistance Programs offering counselling for any issue for staff. I work with a lot of clients trying to manage depression, anxiety and stress. I have experience working with corporate companies, clinically debriefing and on-sight support following a critical incident.

I taught counselling for 10 years at Warrington Collegiate till 2017 and have taught on all the levels of counsellor training. I have a busy private practice which I work from home 5 days a week and 2 evenings offering counselling and supervision. I regularly work doing psychological first aid in companies and trauma or critical incident in the workplace.

I set up a counselling service in the centre of Lymm offering affordable counselling for the community at Lymm Sanctuary Hub. I do pastoral counselling in a church setting as well. I am ACC accredited as a counsellor and supervisor. I have done specialist training to work with couples and families and children and renewed that in 2016. I now regularly supervise other counsellors and professionals in their work as well as training counsellors too.

I set up a counselling service at Lymm High School initially and am currently seeing up a community counselling service for Lymm Village called the Lymm Sanctuary Hub

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons Applied Social Studies 1990
Diploma in Counselling 2004
Post graduate Certificate in Counselling Young people & Adolescents-2005
Couples Counselling Training-2008
Critical Incident Debrief/ Onsight Support
I Have BACP Accreditation
I have ACC Accreditation as counsellor & supervisor-2011
City & Guilds 7407-Level 1 and 2
Certificate in Education 2004
Solution Focused Therapy Training
Certificate In CBT (Sept 08- June 09)
Post grad Diploma in counselling -2013
Post grad cert in Supervision- June 2009
Mindfulness module for MSC- 2011.
Post grad Cert in Counselling Children and Adolescents- Manchester TA centre- 2014
Trauma training and Shame- 2015
Bereavements and Endings- 2015
Cert in CBT (CBT with Heart) 2015/16 Renewed
Certificate in Christian Mentoring Feb 2016
TA 101- Sept 2016
Romance Academy training- Sept 2016
Certificate & Adv Cert in Couples & Relationship Counselling- Oct 2016 Renewed
Renewed Supervision training- 7 eyed model Robin Shohet- March 2017

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors and Linked Professions is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work Related Stress Counselling

Couples Counselling
Supervision of Counsellors / Other professionals
Pastoral Counselling
Christian Counselling
Family Therapy
Children's Counselling
Solution Focused Counselling
CBT Counselling.
TA Counselling
Critical Incident Debrief / On-sight Supp.


From £40.00

Additional information

£50 individuals (for 1 hour).
£40 children (for 0.75 hour)
£75 Couples (for 1 hour).
£75 Families (for 1 hour for 3people
£40 EAP work or companies.                                                                                                                     £400 Critical incident for the day and travel

Supervision of groups £30 per Hour per person

£75 for 1.5 hrs supervision. £50 per hour for trainees per hour
Discounts for non-workers, 
For certain criteria I will travel to the client but will charge travel time.

When I work

Weekdays and some evenings

Further information

I think finding the right counsellor is really important as it affects the work you are able to do with them. You need to find someone you can trust. I would encourage you to ring and chat about what you need and talk to me. Counselling is really powerful but working with the right person is essential.

I will encourage you to do that! I will offer you a place that is safe and gives you space to move, come to terms with, change or heal a situation where possible.

I am passionate that supervisees are safe and stretched and encouraged to reach their full potential.

3 Crossland Mews, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire, WA13 9GB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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