Debbie Porteous MBACP (accred)
The Fishponds Practice
834 Fishponds Road
Friendly counsellor with a broad range of experiences.
We will work together in a way that creates a trusted and stimulating environment. Engaging with your struggles and experiences, and understanding the particular meaning they have for you in your life, we will tune in to sensing, valuing, challenging and evolving at a pace and direction that suits you in your current circumstance.
At the heart of all of this there is an understanding that all of our experiences are lived within the physical, social, cultural and political circumstances of our lives and that our struggles are part of a larger whole.
I bring over 20 years experience working in a variety of settings, with people experiencing different kinds of difficulty or distress, each in their own particular way: including NHS primary care, mental health centre, student counselling, employee support, private practice.
I offer an initial phone conversation which will give you a feel for whether you would like us to work together; our first session is to explore the issues and together decide a way forward.
Supervision: counsellors, workers, parents
Working in this same person centred approach I offer professional supervision to counsellors and other workers. This kind of engaged, supportive and reflective space can also be really useful to parents and carers with monthly or fortnightly meetings to value and support this important life work. People engaged in campaigning work also benefit from making space to take care of themselves in the context of their demanding work and struggles.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip Counselling in Primary Care (Strathclyde University 1998)
Dip Counselling (Strathclyde University 1994)
PGDip Supervision (EUROCPS 2013)
PGCert Counselling Supervision sensitive to organisational context (CPCAB 2009)
BSc Hons (Open University 2013)
Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Member of PSCR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)
Member of PCU (Psychotherapy and Counselling Union)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My practice is to work with you as an individual person and the difficulties you are facing. My experience is that every person and every counselling relationship is unique irrespective of possible diagnoses or labels. When deciding whether to work with me a conversation is likely to be the best way for us to decide, so please do take up my offer of a free telephone conversation or first session at a reduced rate with no obligation to continue. If I cannot help I will do my best to help you to find something to suit you.
As well as supervising counsellors/therapists, I am interested in offering a similar reflective space for parents and carers, as well as those whose energies are taken up in community activity or campaigning.
My usual fee is £50. I offer a free telephone conversation before meeting which will give you a feel for whether you would like us to work together. In our first session we will explore the issues and together decide a way forward.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I enjoy the monthly rhythm of supervision. Spacious time out to consider the breadths and depths, the minutiae and the immeasurable. Focusing on experiences and challenges, in trusted accompaniment is fundamental. A place where I can become more of my self in relation to my work and my life - an integration of who I am and the work I’m engaged in. Sharing the knowledge that comes out of the work together.View supervision profile