Debbie Dawson MA MBACP(Accred) Registered Counsellor, Supervisor
Are you feeling lost, confused and overwhelmed? Are your usual ways of dealing with your problems not working this time? If so, I can help you regain your equilibrium in a safe and non-judgemental space. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor who offers face to face, online and telephone counselling and psychotherapy to young people and adults who are experiencing life challenges.
I am a firm believer that each individual has the potential to be “that self which one truly is” (Rogers, 1961). However, life can put obstacles in our way, which can mean that it becomes increasingly difficult to live as we wish to. These obstacles can be significant life events such as the death of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the loss of a job.
They can also be less tangible such as a general feeling of purposelessness and worthlessness which makes everyday living a challenge. Alternatively, our experiences in childhood and our ways of being in the world may have an impact on how we relate to others and how we respond to challenges that we face.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to redress the balance, so that you are able to develop a greater sense of wellbeing. I believe that by providing an empathic and acceptant environment in which to explore your significant issues, I can work with you so that you can regain your equilibrium and sense of purpose.
How I work
I have an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy. The foundation of my work is humanistic; I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that each client is unique.The therapeutic relationship that is developed between client and counsellor underpins the success of counselling. I believe that our relationship is central to the work that we will do together. I aim to accompany you on your journey of self- discovery; my role is to enable you to find your own solutions at a pace that feels right for you.
Sometimes the issues that a client brings are suitable for short term work; I know that significant change and resolution can occur in 5 or 6 sessions. Alternatively longer term work may be more appropriate, particularly when a client wishes to explore and resolve deeper seated issues which may have their roots in childhood experiences.
Our first meeting will be an opportunity for you to decide whether I am the right counsellor to help you. We will be able to discuss how I work and what your expectations of your counselling are. I will be interested in finding out a little more about you and your reasons for seeking counselling at this time. Should you decide that you wish to engage in counselling with me, we will then arrange a series of further meetings; usually an initial contract of 5 sessions is suggested with a review at the end of this period.
Throughout our time together we will periodically check that your counselling is still meeting your needs; I believe that it is important that we retain a focus for our work. Of course, you are free to end your counselling whenever you wish; I believe that ending the work well is important and will usually suggest that we dedicate at least one session for that purpose.
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR Therapist (2019)
Certificate in Individual Supervision of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2015)
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy: Distinction (2012)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Distinction (2011)
Certificate in Counselling: Distinction (2009)
BSc (Hons) Pharmacology (1987)
I have experience counselling clients in a wide range of settings, including a national mental health charity, a local womens' counselling service, an agency offering support to young people, a FE college and an organisation offering counselling to GP referred clients. I have been working with clients in a private practice setting since 2012.
My experience ranges from short-term counselling (5 sessions) through medium term counselling (20 sessions) to open-ended counselling.
I have a wealth of experience of working therapeutically and educationally with young people. I can offer counselling support in times of exam stress.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Recent training on Emotional Eating, facilitated by WeightWise Academy means that I am now offering support to help you get out of that 'weight loss, weight gain' cycle which can be so destructive. By helping you understand your emotional eating, I can work with you to develop a long lasting approach to your weight management. Please email me or contact me on 07999 583641 to find out more.
Fees for one hour sessions
Initial session: £40
Subsequent sessions: £50 (some reduced fee places available)
EMDR sessions lasting 1.5 hours: £70 (face to face only)
I offer low cost sessions to NHS staff affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
No charge is made if an appointment is cancelled with at least 24 hours notice. A 50% charge will usually be levied for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice, with 100% charge levied for cancellations with less than 2 hours notice.
Concessions offered for
I am an Accredited member of BACP and work according to their Ethical Framework and Guidelines. I hold professional indemnity insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate. I receive regular monthly supervision.
As a qualified EMDR Therapist I offer EMDR for issues including anxiety and phobias, complex grief, panic attacks, trauma and PTSD.
I am a fully qualified supervisor of individual counsellors and psychotherapists who work in a variety of settings including NHS, university counselling services, organisations and private practice. Please see my supervisor profile for further information on face to face or Skype supervision.