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Debbie Lavinchi

Exeter, Devon, EX2 8LB
07391544924 07391544924 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a trained counsellor and bereavement therapist. I provide services for individuals and couples anywhere within the UK who are over the age of 18.

Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? this is exhausting and affects your life in so many ways. Are you struggling with people with whom you work with? Ignoring these emotions leads to stress, and time off work due to ill health. Our bodies are not designed to cope with stress or being sad all the time, the pressure starts to show by making our joints and muscles hurt, then we suffer with headaches, sleeping and eating patterns start to change. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Being in an abusive relationship in the middle of a pandemic can leave you feeling more isolated and alone with your abuser for longer periods, you struggle to relax, and be alone with your thoughts. At times, you may start to fear for your safety and that of others.  I understand and know just how strong these emotions can be and how quickly you can plunged into depths of distress and despair. You believe you are alone and no one will understand your fears and when you do start talking about the abuse, nobody really understands how serious you describe it to be. An abusive relationship can involve anyone you love or have a connection with. There are no set patterns, looks,  beliefs or barriers.

Have you lost a friend or a loved one to coronavirus and couldn't say goodbye? Have you lost your job or you're frightened about returning to work? Are you in a relationship and its falling apart? I invite each and every one of you to get in touch. I want too help you have a more peaceful and manageable life than the one you have right now. I promise I will keep things simple. It is really important to me that you understand our weekly sessions. We are equal in our working partnership and I invite you to ask me questions. I am no better than you, without you, there would be no counselling service. You have a voice and you are encouraged to talk freely to me, in and out of session.

The truth is-life is hard, and it can be cruel at times. There are some people who you can talk to and other's whom you trust and can be more open with. Is there something that stops you from reaching out and being honest? With each session you control the pace and what you get to say. If you need to slow the pace apply the brakes, take five minutes and make a cup of tea. I will wait until you are ready. Remember, "You" are paying for a service, a service which starts from £30 per 60 minutes. Let me have one hour out of your week, let me show you I am here for you. Therapy with me is simple, it starts with you talking and with me listening, there is no magic wand, no fairy tale ending. Chose me to be your therapist, with the right connection, that builds trust and that will bind our relationship together.  I will be with you until you can trust yourself to move forward and makes those choices alone.

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. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed or challenged, but stay with the process. When you reach the finishing line, your sessions and self-reflections will bring a change within you, and you will see just how far those tiny steps have moved you forward within your life and taking control.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Sessions starts from £30.00 per sixty minute session. Payment is paid 48 hours before the session starts. There is a 24 hrs cancellation notice policy. Cancelling within the notice period allows you to have to full payment reimbursed to you or if you wish, you can reschedule to another appointment. Any agreed home visits include the charge of 45p per mile to cover fuel.

Payments are made via Bank transfer, online banking or through 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.

Basepoint Business Centre
Marsh Barton Trading Estate
Yeoford Way

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 10.00 - 21.00 Monday to Saturday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Debbie Lavinchi

Debbie Lavinchi