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About me

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)

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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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. 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.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy


My usual fee is £55. 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.

The Fishponds Practice
834 Fishponds Road
BS16 3XA

Sycamore House
Kingswood Estate
Brittania Road
BS15 8DB

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

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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.

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Debbie Porteous MBACP (accred)

Debbie Porteous MBACP (accred)