Debbie Bloomfield Advanced PG Dip.TA (psych) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Covid 19 Safe Practice
I am able to offer both online and face to face sessions
During these times I have needed to get creative with how I deliver therapeutic support to my clients. I have been over the past few months experimenting with a variety of approaches, that have worked well.
Online and phone sessions have been successful, it has allowed new and existing clients to access therapy whilst they have been restricted due to work/childcare commitments etc. I have also been able to offer a flexible and blended approach which provides both online and socially distanced face to face sessions; weather permitting. People have reported they have enjoyed both the convenience of online and the chance to get outside for a healthy socially distanced 'walk and talk' session.
Guidance to reduce the risk has allowed us to get back to a 'new normal'. I am keen to offer my clients a choice of online and face to face sessions, or a mix of the two. Sessions based in my therapy room, will be covid safe; the area is professionally sanitized in-between clients and social distancing is adhered to.
I see Couples, Individuals and Parents at my private practice in Gloucestershire and Devon. This also includes an online and phone service. I offer therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy to help my clients overcome difficult situations and deal with feelings that are hard to process or face. My client centered approach enables people to regain their sense of identity and self-worth that very often is the key to unlocking personal growth, fulfilment, and more fulfilling relationships.
Individuals and Couples - My approach
We all have a life plan that is written in our early lives which can get outdated, leading to unhelpful thoughts feelings and behaviour - or feelings of being lost, confused angry or scared. The threads that are holding us back can cause repeated problems in our relationships or lead to anxieties that are not readily understood. Through learning to accept the full range of feelings I can help you to understand yourself better, improve decision making, update your life plan and make those changes so that you can start to live an authentic life, feel whole, and become your true self!
Couples counselling focuses on the relationship as the 'client'. We will work together to improve your relationship as the third entity, to restore the trust and create a secure safe base so you can achieve balance and clarity that may have been lost leaving you both feeling disillusioned, insecure and unhappy.
Parent & Child
I offer therapeutic style coaching for parents and families. It's tough being a child or young person today and this brings extra worries and tensions into the family home. I have extensive experience of working directly with families on a whole range of issues and behaviours from the angry outbursts to complete withdrawal and isolation.
As parents we worry about our children - a lot! We constantly question how they fit in at school or college and the impact and influence of peers and social media. We worry about child and teenage depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Maybe there are sleep problems, a growing gaming addiction, drug and alcohol problems and just feeling like we are not connected to our children and teens as we once were. I understand all of this and I know that parenting can be very difficult and confusing at times. Maybe the parenting we received as children did not fully equip us to be the parents we know we can and would like to be for our own children. Family difficulties can impact on many aspects at home, it often divides parents which affects the adult relationships and causes sibling disharmony and rivalry. Sometimes there is involvement from professionals, schools and other services which can cause external pressure.
I can help you! I have worked with hundreds of children, young people and their families over the past 10 years, I have facilitated parenting groups, worked directly in the family home and community settings and have extensive therapeutic knowledge and practical solutions and strategies to help improve family functioning and improve children and young peoples emotional wellbeing.
I can help you to parent better together and on your own if you are a lone parent. I can help you to parent well as separated parents, and support you as a step-parent!
By working with you to update the skills you already posses I will show you how to manage your own triggers when your buttons are pressed to improve family functioning. Therapeutic style coaching brings the positivity and goal setting attitude of coaching and blends with the empathic systemic understanding of psychotherapy to you to achieve and restore peace and harmony at home.
Experience of work
I deal with the full range of personal and relational difficulties and specialize in the following areas:
- Couples counselling
- Family relationship difficulties
- Childhood neglect and abuse
- Trauma and loss
- Gender, sexuality and lack of personal identity
- Feelings of low self-worth
- Weight loss and health issues
- Body image problems
- Lack of motivation
- Anxiety and Depression
- Social anxiety and isolation
- Parenting issues
I have a special interest in supporting people of all ages with loss and bereavement. Grief is painful and it is confusing, there are stages but usually it is with us all of the time. I can be alongside you in this process, with a warm and empathic approach to help you to heal so you can continue with your life whilst you remember and cherish your loved one.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (4 years)
Coaching diploma Warwick University
3 years' experience working with individuals and couples at Cotswold Counselling
10 years' experience working with parents and families in the statutory and voluntary sector
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: £40 (online and face to face)
Couples: £55 (online and face to face)
Parent and Child Therapeutic Coaching £40 (online and face to face)
10% reduction for blocks of six sessions booked in advance
Sessions are 50 minutes
Evening and Daytime sessions available
Concessions offered for
What to expect:
I am also offering online counselling and psychotherapy, via skype and facetime.
I practice from a comfortable and relaxing room in both Cheltenham and Newton Abbot, with free parking.
The first step is to contact me via email, text or phone to talk about what you would like to get out of counselling and check you are happy to arrange an introductory session.
Initial free 15 minute phone call (optional)
Face to face sessions and online £40 Individuals, £55 couples, £40 Parent & Child.
10% reduction for blocks of six sessions booked in advance - please ask me for more details.
We will agree together what you want to gain from our sessions, and this will be reviewed at regular intervals.
Counselling is confidential, unless there is a safeguarding risk to yourself or others.
I offer short term and long term Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am fully insured and my client practice is supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor.
You can contact me via email, text or phone call, please state your name and contact details and I will get back to you to talk about how I can help you.