Hello, my name is Debbie,
I understand that choosing a counsellor can be difficult so here is a little bit about who I am and how I work. I am an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I work in an holistic way because no two people are the same and this allows me to adapt to best suit your needs. I use therapeutic tools and resources to support you in exploring the challenges that you face and I understand that this can be a scary and difficult decision to make. I will offer you a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your feelings. I have experience in Solution focused therapy, creative and play therapy and may use these tools to explore emotions and behaviours.
Life can be challenging, and everyday issues can soon become unmanageable when we are not feeling ourselves. We all need help and support at some point in our life and part of being emotionally healthy is knowing when to ask for help.
I have many years experience offering emotional support to children, young people and adults who are struggling after a change in their life circumstances due to loss, bereavement, separation /divorce, new family unit, bullying, self-harm, exploitation, sexual abuse, attachment disorder, PTSD, depression and anxiety plus much more.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethics and code of practice.
I am committed to delivering the highest standards of care and achieving the best results for you. I am confident in my ability to use a wide range of counselling approaches to suit differing client needs.
I have worked within a diverse range of organisations such as Samaritans, Cruse Bereavement, Acorn Recovery Services, Place 2 Be, Women’s Centre and Amparo (Postvention Suicide service) before moving into Private practice. I have done extensive work with children and young people as well as adults and established a reputation for excellence.
On a personal level I have a strong commitment to my own professional development and am continually updating my knowledge and skills.
What to Expect:
I can offer a free 20 minute assessment in which we will be able to meet each other, talk about what you would like and need from counselling and what I can offer you.
We will explore together what support you may need and how I may be able to offer that. I listen deeply to what you bring to our session, feedback what I can hear and see and support you to tap into your inner strength. I believe we all have the answers inside us and with a little help, the right counsellor can help us find the solutions that are best for us. You will be able to offload your thoughts and feelings, look at them from a different perspective, tap into your inner resources and gradually be able to make sense of what your going through. We will journey together and once you feel you are ready and feel more clear about who you are, what you want and how you can achieve this, we will part paths and you will continue with a new found perspective.
If you have any questions please message, text, email or phone me and I will be happy to try and answer them for you. I offer face 2 face appointments however I can also offer clients telephone or video appointments to fit with your busy life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Degree in Counselling /Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moore University
Foundation Certificate in Counselling skills – Level 2 & 3
Certificate in Bereavement Care – Acsentis
Certified in ASIST training
Certified in Mental Health First Aid – Adult
Certified in Mental Health First Aid – Youth
Certified in Mental Health First Aid – Change resistant drinkers
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner
Support following Suicide specialist
Extensive experience of working with Looked After Children
I also have experience and undergone training in the following areas:
Anxiety / Depression
Severe and enduring Mental Health difficulties
Veteran support / PTSD
Prevention of Young Suicide
Major Incident Impact
County Lines, Gang Awareness & Criminal Exploitation
Behaviour Management & Engaging Young People
The Coronavirus Outbreak Adult / child wellbeing
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual one to one counselling £35 per hour
Reduced rate for counsellors in training and low income earners (evidence will be required)
Veterans and family members - Funding available, ring for details
Payment: I accept payment by Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal