Deanna Kirby - MBACP, BA (hons), PGCE, MA, Post Grad Dip
Hello. If you are reading this, you may be wanting to work on issues that are distressing you. It really is the first step in feeling happier, confident and stronger. You may be feeling sadness, anxiety, confusion, fear or pain. I may be able to help. I am based in Rodney street, Liverpool, close to transport links. Previous clients have described me as warm, approachable, friendly and trustworthy.
How I can help.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework. I primarily offer Person-Centred therapy, where I provide an environment that is safe for you to feel free to talk. I won't judge you, give you advice, or tell you what to do. You are the expert in you! I will listen to you, and allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe space. Once you have an understanding of why you think and feel a certain way, you can gain clarity. It is that understanding that can give you the confidence to move forward. I have been a client myself, and know how difficult it can be to begin counselling. I also know how powerful Person-Centred Therapy can be in helping you to resolve difficulties and build confidence.
What to expect in your first session.
In the first session, we discuss how we may work together. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. The first session can also allow you to assess if you feel comfortable with me. We will discuss issues such as confidentiality and availability. I will be honest with you. If you feel happy to continue therapy then you will be asked to sign a counselling agreement. You are not tied in to a number of sessions, but can attend as many as you feel you need. You can end therapy at any time, but it is generally best to have a proper ending session.
I have participated in workshops that allow me to offer strategies from other therapies. This includes Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Creative Expressive Arts Therapy. The latter means you may want to use writing or drawing to help express your thoughts and feelings, or you may suggest a song or piece of music that says what you would like to say. It can be too difficult to talk sometimes. I am guided by you, listening to your needs to provide the best way to support you.
I currently work with individuals only.
Please leave a voicemail or email me if you would like to know more information, or to make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- MA Ethics and Medical Law
- BA (hons) Health
Other relevant training:
- Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy
- Pesso Boyden Therapy
- Depression and Low Mood
- Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Thinking about Sibling Issues
- Suicide Prevention
- Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language
- Healthy Sexuality
- Basic Safeguarding Awareness
- Autism Awareness
- Equality, Diversity and Rights
- Child Criminal Exploitation: raising awareness
- Harmful Practices of forced marriage, honour based
- Working with clients with long-term health conditions
In addition to my own practice, I currently work as a counsellor in education. Previously, I worked as a counsellor in two charities, one with young people (16-25), and the other a women only charity. I have worked with young people, adults and older adults on different issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, panic, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, family relationships, stress, transgender issues, child sexual abuse, baby loss, health difficulties, life transitions: such as entering education or work, or dealing with retirement and unemployment.
Prior to counselling I taught psychology, guiding students as they dealt with the stress of study and the transition of a new, exciting, but challenging environment. I also worked in the NHS supporting young people and adults, mainly helping them to build the self-esteem and confidence they needed to live the life they wanted. I have worked in some form of supporting capacity for over twenty years. I offer training on relevant therapeutic topics to groups of counsellors and to organisations, both to qualified counsellors and to trainees.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£40-£50 per 1 hour session.
First session £40. Concessionary rates are available, please ask for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday. Some early evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|