Debbie Fitchsampson

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MBACP (accred) | ACTO member | Support for adults & couples
Available for new clients
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Cheltenham GL50 & GL52
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

We can all benefit from support to help us during difficult times. If you are feeling low or unhappy, anxious or depressed or if you have suffered a bereavement or loss, or find you are having difficulties in your relationships, your family or working life, 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

Since March 2020 I have been providing therapy session online (over video call or telephone). I have undertaken further training in online therapy and I have found that online therapy can be just as helpful and effective as face-to-face therapy. I have developed a real interest in providing counselling online and have had the privilege to witness the benefits it can offer. To support this I am 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 15 years of 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 I can offer flexibility. I offer both short-term counselling and a longer term open-ended approach.  In the first session we can think about the best approach 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 where I have seen many different adults of all ages.

I have a breadth of experience gained from counselling a wide range of clients in a number of different settings including; my private practice, a G.P. practice,  the voluntary and charity sectors. 

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

Individual Counselling
£50 for 50 minutes

Couples Counselling
£65 for 60 minutes

I appreciate that on-going counselling can represent a significant cost and if this feels difficult for you please let me know as I am able to offer concessions in some circumstances.

When I work

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

Further information

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

42 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme