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Sometimes we need support to help us during difficult times. If you are feeling low or unhappy, anxious or depressed or if you have had a significant bereavement or loss, or find you are having difficulties in your relationships, then taking time to talk things through with a qualified counsellor can really help.

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor helping people with a wide range of difficulties. I offer a warm, professional and supportive style, enabling you to freely explore your difficulties.

Online Counselling

In 2020 Covid brought sudden and prolonged changes to our lives. I found myself forced to provide counselling online and by telephone. I quickly undertook some brief training to get up to speed with this different way of working. Over the following months I came to be convinced that online sessions can work as well as meeting in person. I have really enjoyed working with a wide range of people online and have developed a real interest in providing counselling this way. In the second half of 2020 I undertook more comprehensive training to ensure I can offer the best experience of online and telephone counselling. Having completed that training I have become a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy online (ACTO).


Individual Counselling
My approach is to really listen to you to understand your difficulties and support you to think about how things could be different for you.

I feel passionate about the benefits of counselling and have over 10 years experience in helping people with a range of difficulties including:

  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • anxiety
  • feelings of panic
  • feeling sad
  • low mood
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • low self-confidence
  • feeling worthless or empty
  • anger management
  • bereavement
  • loss
  • stress
  • eating disorders
  • relationship issues
  • bullying
  • trauma
  • suicidal feelings

Typically individual counselling is arranged for weekly sessions, however depending on circumstances I can offer flexibility to accommodate your individual needs. I offer both short-term counselling and a longer term open-ended approach, and at the first session we can work out what will be right for you.

Couples Counselling
Couples counselling can be helpful to identify and talk through the difficulties you are facing in your relationship. Having time together with a professional counsellor to support you can help you to work through your difficulties, help you to find solutions and a way forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

As an experienced counsellor I can offer you a safe, confidential space where we can look at and make sense of whatever is troubling you.

I have been running my private practice since 2011 and have seen many different people of all ages.

I have a breadth of counselling experience gained from a number of different settings including; counselling at a G.P. practice and working with several counselling charities for many years.

My qualifications include:

  • WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2009)
  • Accredited member of BACP (2011)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (2020)
  • Post diploma training in Solution Focused Short Term Therapy
  • Post diploma training in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Bereavement Care
  • Training in undertaking assessments
  • Mediation skills training
  • Chartered MCIPD
  • BA (hons) degree

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

With a former career in business I have experience of supporting people through:

  • work related stress
  • bullying and harassment
  • reorganisation/change/uncertainty
  • career changes
  • ill health matters

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Fees

Additional information

I appreciate that on-going counselling can represent a significant cost and so if you feel you are unable to pay the full fee please discuss this with me as I am able to offer concessions in some circumstances.


Individual Counselling
£45 for 50 minutes

Couple Counselling
£60 for 60 minutes

Availability

Appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at various times throughout the day, including early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon/early evening.

Further information

Typically counselling is arranged for weekly sessions but I can offer flexibility to suit working patterns and other individual requirements.

The Regency Practice
Clarendon House
42 Clarence Street
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 3PL

The Natural Health Centre
2 Stoke Road
Bishops Cleeve
Cheltenham
GL52 8RP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Debbie Fitchsampson

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