Debbie Bakewell

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MBACP. Side By Side Counselling
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Ivybridge, Devon, PL21
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

In our hectic world it can be too easy to put aside thoughts & feelings we find upsetting, which can result in anxiety, depression or just feeling out of sorts.  Instead - we put on our armour and carry on regardless, disregarding how we are feeling inside.
Are you finding that past events are affecting how you cope with life today?
Maybe you just don't think you matter - well I think you do!

I believe your mental well-being is just as important as your physical health.

I now offer Counselling using online platforms such as: Zoom/WhatsApp. Do let me know if you think you might like to try this form of counselling.

Background Into The Way I Work:

It wasn't until I accessed my own counselling that I experienced how it felt to be truly supported.  It allowed me the space to work through my issues - this was my revelation!

So...  I am passionate about offering you the same safe, confidential and supportive space to explore and make sense of those thoughts & feelings that have been causing you pain - so you may ultimately take back control.

You may not think so right now, but you hold the key to unlocking significant change - I will be by your side supporting you with this.

I offer the First Hour Free either by Face-To-Face counselling, or by Video Link (eg WhatsApp, Zoom etc).  

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), SFBT (Solution Focused Based Therapy) and PC (Person Centred) Counselling.

I have also gained many other tools and strategies along the way, (e.g.Sandplay etc), so can work in whatever way suits you best.  This is something we can explore together.

I have experience of working with all age groups with a wide range of issues, as well as young people through my voluntary work within both the Private and Public Sectors, including the Youth Enquiry Service.

I am a member of the BACP, am a member of the Committee for WAC (Westcountry Association of Counsellors)  and have full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Continuous Professional Development:

  • Young People's Mental Health
  • Child Protecting Foundation
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Solution Focused Based Therapy (SFBT)
  • Working With Psychological Trauma
  • Diversity In Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Suicide Prevention & Risk Management


"I couldn't wait any longer for NHS Counsellor, and am so glad I contacted Side By Side - personal recommendations are the best."  Client R

"You will never know quite how much you have helped me learn to be me, and to be at peace with who I am - I will always be grateful for this."  Cient K

"I feel I have a life back - MY LIFE, thank you so much!"
  Client P

"It always felt peaceful, like shutting out the outside world for an hour”. Client M

I made massive life changing steps with your support and have never been happier for doing so. Thank you really doesn’t cover it”. Client A

Member organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£40.00 - £50.00
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

I offer an initial first hour free of charge, so that we can meet, you can get an idea of how Counselling may work for you and to see whether you are ready to embark on your journey.

Thereafter £50 per hourly session, (with concessions available for students) - or if finances are preventing you from accessing Counselling), as I believe counselling should be accessible to all. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am fairly flexible, my general practising hours being Monday - Friday.

On-line therapy also available - do just let me know if you would prefer this option

Ivybridge, Devon, PL21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Online platforms



Debbie Bakewell
Debbie Bakewell