Debbie Bakewell - Side By Side Counselling

Debbie Bakewell - Side By Side Counselling

About me

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 feelling inside. Maybe you don't think you matter - well I think you do! 
I believe your mental well-being is just as important as your physical health.

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. .

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


Accredited register membership

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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.

Maps & Directions

Ivybridge, PL21

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 information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am fairly flexible, generally practising Monday - Friday (latest session 4pm),

Types of client

Young people
Older adults