Debbie Inkpen (MBACP)
Taking the first step to talk to a counsellor about your thoughts and feelings can feel daunting but equally it may be something that you have been thinking about doing for a long time and feel that the time is right for you now.
In the busyness of our lives we may spend more time and energy focussing on our physical health and not always be aware when our emotional health may need a little more of our time and attention too.
Sometimes we can hold on to our worries or put them to one side whilst we try and get on with our day to day routines feeling that we don't want to bother anyone or hoping that our problems will go away.
Negative thoughts, feelings and experiences can affect how we go about our daily lives. This in turn can affect our mood, behaviour and impact upon our relationships and other areas of our life. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and low mood.
The person-centred approach
I am a person-centred counsellor and use an integrative approach in counselling sessions. This means that I draw on my training and knowledge from different modalities and theories when working with clients.
In being person-centred this means that you choose what you want to talk about. I will work with you in a non-judgemental way offering you the core conditions central to person-centred counselling of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard.
How I will work with you
I will work with you at your own pace, offering a calm, safe space for you to explore your worries and concerns no matter how big or how small you think they may be. Together we can work to make sense of difficult thoughts and feelings and unhelpful patterns of behaving in order to help you move forward to find your own answers and way of being.
I believe that through talking things through in a therapeutic relationship with a counsellor we have the ability to find our own solutions and to make sense of the things that have been troubling us. I will work to help empower you to make the positive changes that you want in your life.
I have been working therapeutically and peripatetically with a mixed client base of adults, children and young people for over 15 years in a variety of settings which includes schools, in the home and in the wider community. This therapeutic work has involved working collaboratively with families and working with children and young people in individual 1:1 sessions.
I have been seeing clients at The Banbury Therapy Centre for over three years where I also worked for the Children's Voice service within Oxfordshire Family Mediation. The Children's Voice service offered counselling support to children of families who were going through a separation or divorce.
Below are some of the issues that I work with:
Depression, stress and anxiety
Isolation, loneliness, feelings of loss
Self- harm, suicidal thoughts
Work related stress
Domestic abuse, emotional, physical, sexual abuse
Family issues, divorce and separation
Bereavement and loss
Children and Young People
Children and young people do not always have the words or language to express what they are thinking or feeling and will often express themselves non-verbally in their behaviour and mood.
They may be experiencing stress and anxiety for a variety of reasons which for example may relate to problems in school with their peers, disruption in home life such as a family break up, loss of a close family member or change in family dynamics such as the arrival of a new baby.
Some children and young people struggle to adapt to change and transitional periods in their lives such as starting in a new class, change of teacher or moving schools. These factors and life events can all play a part in how they impact on a child's emotional well-being.
My training in Counselling Children and Young People through the organisation TICPlus (Teens in Crisis) covers all the necessary BACP competencies to counsel and work with children and young people. Working with this young client group can involve working more creatively to help them express how they are feeling which can include using creative techniques to help in the counselling process.
Training, qualifications & experience
Membership of professional bodies:
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework which I use as a guide to work safely and ethically within my counselling practice. I have regular monthly clinical supervision to help inform my counselling practice to ensure that I am working safely and ethically with my clients.
I regularly undertake and update my CPD (Continued Professional Development) in order to inform my work.
I have Professional Civil Liability insurance
I am DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service)
I am GDPR registered (General Data Protection Regulation)
I maintain updated safeguarding training to inform my work with children and young people.
- Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist course)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I offer open ended sessions so that clients can choose what is best for them in terms of short or longer -term work.
My charge is £45 per session. Concessions can be considered for individual circumstances.
I work at The Banbury Therapy Centre which is situated in a convenient location near to Banbury town centre. It has a warm, welcoming and comfortable reception area which is fully manned along with free parking available.
I offer sessions on Tuesday evenings 5-9pm and Saturday mornings 9am -1pm
Other time slots may be available depending on room availability at The Centre.
My therapists profile can also be viewed on the website below.
Please feel free to contact me with an enquiry or any questions that you may have. All messages left and emails received will be responded to at the earliest possible convenience.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work with adults, children and young people . I can offer sessions in Banbury on Tuesday evenings 5-9pm and Saturday mornings 9-1pm. All enquires welcome
Types of client