Deanna Kirby

Deanna Kirby

Liverpool
Merseyside
L3

07487725138

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About me

Hello. If you are reading this, you may be wanting to work on issues that are distressing you. This may be sadness, anxiety, confusion, fear or pain. I may be able to help. I am based in Liverpool City Centre 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. I carry out a short assessment, and this allows you to assess if you feel comfortable with me and if I think I can help you. 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.

Other training.

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

Qualifications:

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy (pending)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts
  • MA Ethics and Medical Law
  • PGCE
  • 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 have worked in different environments. I have 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, 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.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

£40-£50 per 1 hour session.

First session £40. Concessionary rates are available, please ask for details.

Maps & Directions

Liverpool, L3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

Monday to Friday. Some early evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme