Hello and welcome. My name is Debbie and I offer counselling to adults both individually and couples. During the current Covid 19 pandemic I have moved my practice online and am working throughout the UK by telephone or the platform Zoom.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life events, or are there recurring problems in your relationships which are causing you stress? Is the pandemic making you feel anxious and out of control? Perhaps you feel you are pre occupied with the past or the future and unable to fully engage with your life now?
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues, and my approach to counselling is integrative, which means that I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches and can tailor counselling to meet your individual needs. I have undertaken additional training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy that can be very effective in helping to understand and manage strong feelings. I also have an interest in relational issues and have completed a Diploma in Relationship Counselling with Relate.
Prior to training to become a counsellor I worked for 20 years supporting children and families at times of significant stress in a statutory setting. In addition to my private practice I am a counsellor at a Women's Centre and have gained experience working with depression, trauma, loss and managing strong emotions. I have worked in a community counselling service providing counselling to people of different ages and backgrounds working particularly with issues around bereavement and anxiety. I volunteer for Frontline19 counselling NHS key workers.
My approach is collaborative in that we work together on the goals that you set. I facilitate regular reviews of our work together to ensure it is meeting your needs. I offer a supportive, calm, empathic and non judgemental space where the unsaid can be said, where you will be truly listened to and where you can gain insight into your world.
How Counselling Can Help
Counselling offers the opportunity to talk confidentially to a trained counsellor who will accept and support you as you find your way forward. Life can sometimes feel very challenging and we can feel overwhelmed. It can happen gradually or there may be a sudden event when we realise our usual coping skills are not working as well as they have and we feel “stuck”. Counselling can help to look at what is going on, perhaps to understand things or maybe to look at our responses in a different way. You may want to explore your emotions and feelings about events in the past or explore a current issue or relationship. Through greater awareness and clarity it is my hope that you may experience an improved sense of wellbeing leading to the possibility of change.
Taking the First Step
You don’t have to try and cope alone. The current Covid 19 pandemic is placing additional strain on people and relationships and seeking help can be a positive experience with potential long term gains. Please do contact me to talk about how I may be able to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered Member
- National Counselling Society Accredited Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
- ICO Registered
- Full Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Working with Shame
- Counselling Autistic Clients
- Developing Trauma Informed Practice
- Covid 19- Managing Anxiety and Mental Health
- Working Creatively Online
- Working with Developmental and Early Trauma
- Attachment and Relational Trauma
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Initial Consultation: I offer a free no obligation initial 20 minute phone or Zoom consultation to discuss your hopes for counselling and decide if therapy with me would be right for you.
Session Fees: £50 for 50 minutes individual therapy, or £65 for 50 minutes for couples therapy.
Appointments available day time and some evenings by arrangement and subject to mutual availability.