Debbie Harwood Adv. Dip. MBACP (Accredited)

Debbie Harwood Adv. Dip. MBACP (Accredited)

Body Matters
36 High Street
West Sussex
BN44 3YE

07917 518700

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Body Matters
36 High Street
West Sussex
BN44 3YE

07917 518700

About me

It can take courage to make the decision to seek counselling. Then there is the task of finding a suitable counsellor!

I provide a warm, empathic, friendly and non-judgmental environment where you can talk in complete confidence.

I work with the philosophy that we all have the ability to grow and heal; with an inner capacity to know what is best for ourselves. At times this feels impossible; we can feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts, leaving us ‘stuck’ and lost. Life can feel complicated and it feels like we cannot see a way forward.

Counselling provides the time to make sense of your life and events that may have shaped and influenced you. We can work towards positive changes in our lives; increasing self esteem, self worth, improving our relationships, becoming happier and feeling more optimistic.

You choose what to bring and work with. I can offer help with a wide spectrum of presenting issues which may include depression, anxiety, low self esteem, addiction, bereavement or separation, to name a few. Alongside my work with adults, I have had extensive experience of working with adolescents; and part of my role is working as a Lead Counsellor at a local secondary school.

I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor and have worked in diverse situations for many years. My training is at post graduate level in Integrative Counselling. This means I bring flexibility to my work, drawing from a range of therapeutic approaches.

In addition to practicing Counselling, I also tutor Student Counsellors at a local college.

I offer both short and long term counselling. The number of sessions depends on your needs and requirements. This can be discussed in more depth when we first meet.


Previous clients have said:

‘I feel so much more positive about life and a lot less anxious.  I can look forward without being burdened by past events.  Thank you so much for listening to me over the months’ (G,West Sussex)

‘Thank you for your fabulous support.  It feels like you really understood what was going on for me – that meant a lot’ (l, East Sussex)

'I feel so much better now and doing well at school.  I am even getting on better with my mum!' (M, age 15, West Sussex)

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Postgraduate level)

This qualification combines a variety of theoretical bases including those of Freud and Rogers with very practical, hands on counselling skills. The course cannot be passed without a period of time working as a Counsellor; but before being allowed to counsel, the course supervisors closely examine the candidate's suitability. I was drawn more naturally to the humanistic elements of psychotherapy and particularly to the work of Rogers. In addition I understood and appreciated the works of Bowlby on Separation, Attachment and Loss. It was powerful learning to find how much of our later life is affected by our early years, and how help in understanding this can undo some of the less desired outcomes. The main strength of the course though was that it imbued in its students the importance of the relationship between Counsellor and client in bringing about change.

  • Transactional Analysis TA 101
  • Level II Certificate in Counselling Skills

Since qualifying, I have worked in a variety of counselling environments. These include:

'Addaction': specific training to work with drug and alcohol addiction, and related issues. Addaction is a charity that works to help improve the lives of people who are constrained by addiction to drugs and alcohol. Counselling plays an important role in working with the underlying issues without which the outcomes of addiction are more likely to re-occur. I gained an invaluable amount of experience working with Addaction. 

'Your Space': West Sussex County Council: working with adolescents in schools,(DBS clearance held). I have specialised in working with young adults. Issues such as exam-anxiety, family breakdown, anger, depression, bereavement, bullying, low self esteem, relationship issues, rejection and separation can be addressed and in so doing help their potential to be realised.

'As You Are Counselling Centre': working with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress, relationship problems, childhood trauma and abuse to name a few.

I am currently working as Lead Counsellor in a local secondary school. Principally my work is with students aged 11 - 16 years old.  I also run group work to help with anxiety and the stresses of exams.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


  • £45 per 50 minute session thereafter

Further information

As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their policies on ethics and best practice.

Before we start to work together we discuss what you wish to achieve and how you would like me to help. I also explain about confidentiality and data protection.

I undertake supervision in line with BACP guidelines. This ensures that I can continue to work objectively and bring new insight to our sessions. It does not undermine our agreement on confidentiality.

I have a counselling room in Steyning.

The room in is at Body Matters which has plenty of easy parking nearby. There are buses from Brighton via Shoreham, Henfield, Storrington and Worthing, which stop close by.

Maps & Directions

Steyning, BN44 3YE

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Please call me to discuss times I have available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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