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In our hectic world today it can be too easy to put aside thoughts & feelings we find upsetting, whether it be feeling anxious, depressed or just 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?
Or 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 either 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 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 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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • 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 £40 per hourly session, (with concessions available for students in full-time education) - or if finances are preventing you from accessing Counselling), as I believe counselling should be accessible to all.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms



Debbie Bakewell

Debbie Bakewell