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Debbie Lavinchi

Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
07391544924 07391544924 Registered / Accredited
Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS

About me

I am a fully trained counsellor and bereavement therapist. I provide services for Individuals and Couples within the United Kingdom over the age of 18.

Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? this is exhausting and can affect you in many ways. It can leave you tired, angry, or snapping at friends/family. Are you struggling emotionally with people who you work with? If we ignore these feelings or push them to one side and let life carry on as it is, it can very quickly develop into stress and you may start to have panic attacks. Feeling sad all the time brings other issues to our bodies, our joints and muscles start to hurt, our eating and sleeping patterns change, we have break outs over our skin and under extreme pressure our hair thins or falls out. Does any of this rings a bell?

Has Coronavirus affected your life or routine? Have you lost a friend or a loved one and couldn't say goodbye? Have you lost your job or you are frightened about returning to work? Are you in a relationship and its falling apart or are you in an abusive relationship and thanks to coronavirus, you now have no periods where you can relax and be alone with your thoughts and feelings without fear or being hit and screamed at? I understand how these strong emotions can plunge you into depths of pain.

My name is Debbie, Why choose me?  Because I know I can help you. I keep things simple and I want you to understand our weekly sessions and ask me questions. We are equal in our working partnership, I am no better than you without you there would be no me. There is nothing about you which will stop me wanting to work with you. There are no secrets you have a voice, and you are allowed to talk freely at all times. Life is hard and at times it can be so crappy. There are some people who you can talk to and others who you are more able to trust and be open with. Is there something that stops you from reaching out and being honest? I promise you I will not judge you, I will accept you and I will hold all of you. Sometimes in life things happen, things which worked out well but others make us feel guilty. Let me be the person who you can share those guilty feelings with. Be free to admit you are relieved that a certain situation has ended and for you there is now closure. Whatever your thoughts or emotions remember they are real they are valid, and they are YOURS. You are safe with me, I offer you space to be free and to be you. You are free from fear guilt and judgements.

Each session you control the pace and what you say. If you need to slow the pace - apply the brakes, take five minutes and make a cup of tea. You are paying for a service. A service which costs you £30 per session. Let me have one hour out of your week, let me show you I am here for you.

Therapy can be simple, it starts with you talking and with me listening, there's no magic, you just need the right ingredients and the connection.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am passionate about building our therapeutic relationship  a relationship which  gives you autonomy and gives you the chance to talk and feel heard.  Maybe you are seeking forgiveness for yourself from others. You will learn it's OK to accept who you are and love yourself. There will be times when you might feel overwhelmed or be gently challenged, stay with the process. When you reach your finishing line all your sessions and self-reflections will bring a change within and you will see just how far those tiny steps have moved you forward with your life.

Problems and pain go together like boxes and wrapping paper, some are bigger than others and each will use a different wrapping paper to cover. The bottom line is, it doesn't matter to me what size the box or the paper you use for the wrapping. It's "what's inside the box" that matters and that is where I work best.

Level 4: Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies.

Level 2: Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 1: Intro into Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Young persons who's families are working on the front line to save lives

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Reduced rate for all key workers who are helping the country fight the Coronavirus is £25 per session.

Reduced rate for young persons of the key workers as set out above, for 8 sessions at £20 per sixty minute session.

Sessions starts from £30.00 per sixty minute session.

Home visits include the charge of 45p per mile to cover fuel.

Payments via Bank transfer or with PayPal.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and being a member of the BACP, I adhere to Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In accordance with BACP guidelines, I will honour the trust placed in me by the client. I will respect the client's right to be self-governing, I will commit to promoting the client's well-being, avoiding harm to the client and will strive to treat all clients fairly and impartially without discrimination or judgement.


I am also an accredited member of The National Counselling Society. In May 2013, the National Counselling Society was one of the first organisations to gain Accredited Register Status with the Professional Standards Authority Accredited register programme. A programme which was set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The accreditation is a bench mark for professional standards in Counselling.

11 Gandy Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am available from 09.00 - 21.00 six days a week

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Debbie Lavinchi

Debbie Lavinchi