About me

Sometimes life can feel difficult. At some point in our lives we all experience challenges, emotional difficulties and uncertainties which can leave us feeling anxious, distressed and overwhelmed. Sometimes we might need support in an environment where we can be fully open, feel heard, understood and accepted.

These difficulties might include problems with our relationships, attachment and loss, work related stress, financial worries, illness, or unresolved emotional trauma from the near or distant past. You might feel depressed, anxious, sad, angry, isolated, lacking in confidence, have low self-esteem, be stuck or unable to cope. At this point you might not know what has brought you to counselling and that is okay.

This is when counselling may help.

As a counsellor I will provide you with a safe space and listen to you in a way that makes you feel heard and emotionally supported, without judgement. I will help you to unravel, express and make sense of your feelings and emotions using very gentle but effective techniques.

I understand that the counselling process can be painful and difficult as well as rich and rewarding. Your experience in counselling, our therapeutic relationship and the way we work together is important to me. Together, these inform my approach, which is warm, kindly and immediately puts people at ease.

Our sessions will be conducted in a supportive, compassionate, respectful and confidential environment, in which you will feel supported to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

My practice is underpinned by humanistic values; a belief in individuals’ capacity to change. I believe that you have all the resources you need to make the changes you are seeking, given the right conditions.

I understand that every client is different in terms of what works for them and their needs, and that while one therapeutic approach may be helpful for one client, for another it might not be. My training is based on an integrative relational approach that allows me to draw from across different therapeutic schools so that I can tailor each session to what you need.

I am a Registered  Member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework of good practice for counselling and psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling ( BACP Accred)
  • Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence
  • TA 101 Transactional Analysis
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone counselling
  • MA Education – University of Plymouth
  • Certificate of Education Plymouth University
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Working with Domestic Abuse
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, and Safeguarding Domestic Abuse
  • RMN
  • Accredited facilitator of Myers Briggs/ Team Management Profile (TMP).
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred)

I currently offer some of my time to the following organisations on a voluntary basis:

  • Supporting women in a Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Some of the following are issues I work with:

Abuse, Trauma, relationship Issues and Stress.

I have worked across mental health settings for over 30 years. I have also worked for an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service and have specific experience in supporting people with anxiety and depression.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£40 for a 60-minute one-to-one session


Monday - Saturday 9.00-5.00, evenings on request.

Further information

I can provide weekday, weekend and evening sessions on request.

Contact Details

Email - please click here.

Mobile - 07974000761


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Debbie Waters

Debbie Waters