Debbie Isaacs (MBACP Accredited)
We all face difficult challenges at some time or other. They may be the stuff of everyday life: family, work, money, sex. They may be more out of the ordinary: trauma, bereavement, addiction, betrayal, abuse. I am a warm and empathic psychotherapist and work with individuals and couples facing these sorts of challenges in a safe and supportive environment.
I believe, as a result of my experience as both a therapist and a client, that the therapeutic process enables you to face life’s challenges, and to live a more authentic and rewarding life.
Working through addictions
In my work with addictions I bring my personal experience to the therapeutic process, having worked closely with many clients facing a variety of addiction and dependency issues. These broadly fall into two categories: substance addictions – such as food, alcohol, and recreational or prescription drugs; and behavioural addictions – such as shopping, porn, sex, love, cyber use and gambling.
My approach to dependency and addiction is to support you through the process of recovery. Where appropriate, I also support those who are engaged in other forms of recovery, such as 12 step programmes.
Relationship challenges and issues
Relationships can be complicated and can face unexpected challenges. When this happens, working through the issues and examining our own thoughts and feelings can bring about real change. In turn, this strengthens our relationships with ourself and others.
Challenges in significant relationships often arise from issues relating to family, money or sex. Therapy addresses such issues, and can also look at communication, trust and compromise.
How therapy works:
The type of therapy I practice is mainly humanistic. This means that I work with clients in the present, looking at issues and feelings in the here and now. There are also occasions when it is appropriate to reference the past. It can be helpful to consider how certain patterns of behavior have been learnt and the impact they have on ourselves and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited member of the BACP (MBACP accred) and have ongoing training, supervision and professional development at Spectrum, a UKCP registered centre for humanistic psychotherapy and training. I comply with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I trained at Regents University and at Spectrum, including the following:
- Foundation Course in Psychotherapy
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
- Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Fathers and Daughters
- Working with Couples
- Group about Groups
I practiced as a psychotherapist in the NHS for 4 years and have worked privately for over 8 years.
I have a degree in Humanities from London University. I started my professional life in market research and the voluntary sector, and developed a keen interest in working with people.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£70 per 50 minute individual session
£90 per one hour couple's session.
I also offer a limited number of reduced cost places for people who are unable to pay my full fee.