Debbie Hicks Counsellor and Psychotherapy (Registered MBACP)
Able and willing to work with clients on line, or telephone
Hello and welcome. I can appreciate how difficult it can be looking for and then making contact with a stranger to discuss your anxiety and problems, as it was for me when I found myself needing counselling support. So my first intention with my clients is to help them to feel safe, not judged and valued for who they are. Several years ago I experienced a life changing event which made me consider what I really wanted to do with my life. So I decided to train as a counsellor myself and have never looked back. I believe passionately in the process.
I use a Person Centred approach which means I am non-directive and don’t give advice but will help you to explore what might have brought you to this point in your life by gradually unpicking the stresses and anxiety that are giving you problems, which can sometimes feel overwhelming. Together we will work out what’s important to you and what you want for your future. The work we do is all about you! I am curious to know how life is in your world, and I am happy to work at a pace that is right for you. It’s important to me that you are not only heard but fully understood and accepted. “The curious paradox is that when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl R.Rogers.
Training, qualifications & experience
I would like you to know that I am fully qualified and experienced, having worked for several years in a general practice agency, I have come across and worked with most problems that people face, including domestic abuse, self esteem issues, anxiety and depression, loss, (in all its forms) relationships, anger, self harm. This list is not exhaustive and I am happy to work with whatever my clients bring.
I am registered with BACP and am bound by their ethical framework, I am fully insured, I meet monthly with my supervisor and attend regular continuous professional development training.
I draw upon not only life’s experiences but, also the people and clients I have met who have brought so much of themselves that I could not fail to be touched or to gain a wealth of knowledge, and skills.
As well as enjoying and feeling a great deal of fulfilment from my counselling work I am also involved in education with students who are going through their training to become qualified counsellors.
Feedback I have had from clients includes:
“You have given me the tools to be able to work with my problems”
“this session is better than any medication I could have had from my doctor”
L5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling (CPCAB)
L4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling (CPCAP)
L3 certificate in counselling studies (CPCAB)
L2 certificate in counselling skills (CPCAB)
L2 award in introduction to counselling skills (CPCAB)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Day time and some evenings
As it is important that the working relationship is a good one.
I offer a comfortable quiet room where we will not be disturbed, there is off road parking.
I am happy to work long term or short term depending on your need.
I feel passionate about counselling and have a real trust in the process. I believe it is easy to put a sticking plaster on our problems and go along a medical route when what would really benefit us is to actually have the courage to face up to the underlying issues which cause distress, and it would be my privilege to accompany you through this time.