Debbie Hutchinson Counsellor and Supervisor BA (Hons) MBACP
Hello there and welcome to my profile.
My counselling journey began by having my own personal counselling back in 2005. I was finding life difficult and decided to seek help from a counsellor. I discovered in my sessions that my difficulties were due to past events and experiences. I found it so beneficial to have someone listen to me, support me and to help me make sense of myself and understand why past experiences were affecting me in the present. Over time my anxiety lessened, and my confidence and self-esteem improved greatly and I realised I wanted to help others because of my positive experience of counselling. This eventually led me to train and become a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
As a counsellor I am able to work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, panic disorder, relationship problems, bereavement, rape, trauma, PTSD and all types of abuse. (A full list can be seen below). Even if you are feeling sad and you don’t know why, counselling can help. If face to face counselling is not suitable for you, for whatever reason, I also offer telephone and skype counselling.
Counselling is about us building a therapeutic relationship, where I listen to you deeply and we work together, building up trust between us. I will provide you with a confidential, safe place for you to explore your issues or worries in a warm, genuine and non-judgmental way, no matter how big or small they may seem. I use a non- directive approach, which basically means that you decide what you talk about and when you feel ready to talk about it.
As a person-centred counsellor I believe that you are the expert on your own life or situation and you have the ability and resources within yourself to make your own decisions, or to come to your own solutions.
Through exploration together, it will help you to understand your thoughts, feelings and emotions, helping you to come to a deeper understanding of yourself and your issues. This will enable you to feel better in yourself, build self-esteem, self-confidence and empower you to be able to make informed choices and decisions that are right for you as an individual and to enable potential change in your life. Hopefully, over time you will be able to extend the 'tools' you learn beyond the counselling room. This essentially is the aim of counselling.
I understand that to make that first call or email for counselling can be extremely difficult, but I am sure that if you make that step it could potentially be the first step towards making positive changes in your life.
Our initial meet will be for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with me and for you to discuss your issues and what you would like to gain from counselling. I am happy to have an informal chat over the phone with you if you're feeling unsure.
I am also happy for you to make an enquiry or book an appointment via text message on 07514 534055
I am a registered member of the BACP and attend regular supervision, to ensure I practice effectively and professionally.
Training, qualifications & experience
Higher Education Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Colchester Institute)
BA (Hons) in Counselling Studies (Essex University)
Abuse, Trauma and Disassociation Workshop (Jacqui Dillon)
Volunteer counsellor for Tendring Women's Refuge, therefore I have experience of working with survivors of domestic abuse.
Colchester Institute Counselling Service, working with a wide range of issues and clients from all walks of life.
Certificate in Youth and Community work (Essex County Council)
Creative self care workshop
Working with people who self harm workshop (Person-Centred Workshops)
Specialist Professional Course - Working with survivors who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual violence, rape and domestic abuse (Life-force Colchester)
Suicide and risk assessment workshop
Certificate in Supervision
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest and training in helping people who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, childhood abuse and sexual abuse. I have attended extra training courses and worked voluntary to gain extra experience and knowledge to give support to these individuals.
A 50 minute session for individual counselling is £35
I have a small number of sessions available at a reduced rate for senior citizens, students and the unemployed. These sessions are priced at £30
I have professional indemnity insurance with Howden and also hold an enhanced DBS check.
There is plenty of free roadside parking available. The bus stop and train station are only a couple of minutes walk.
I also offer telephone counselling and online counselling via Skype.