Buxton Counselling Service; Debbie Withers MSc MBACP (Accred.)
Hello, my name is Debbie and I have been in private practice, with Buxton Counselling Service, since 2009. Whether you are looking for help to relieve emotional distress or to focus on personal growth; I will support you in formulating therapeutic goals that have meaning for you and in working towards them. I will respect your views and decisions throughout the counselling process.
I have worked as a Counsellor since 2003 and have a Masters in Counselling Psychology and BACP Accreditation. I have considerable experience of helping people with anxiety, depression, relationships and low self esteem, eating disorders, loss and trauma. I am trained in a range of counselling approaches including CBT and EMDR (trauma therapy).
Under normal circumstances I am able to respond promptly to requests for an initial consultation and, in consideration of your circumstances, aim to offer a choice of daytime and evening appointments. I have a comfortable and secure practice, free from the pressures of daily life. I am able to offer concessionary rates to those on low incomes/benefits who are available at off-peak times.
I have in-depth knowledge and considerable experience of applying psychological theory to helping clients with a wide range of problems and issues affecting their mental health and well-being. I am a qualified counselling supervisor and have experience of university lecturing in counselling and psychology.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Counselling Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Certificate in CBT
- Certificates in EMDR (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
- Certificate in Integrative Counselling Supervision
- CBT-E (enhanced CBT for eating disorders)
- Youth Certificate in solution-focussed therapy
- Couple Counselling Certificate
My training was in Person-centred therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), both at Masters level and my practice integrates cognitive behavioural and solution-focused methods with a Humanistic approach. In my 15 years experience as a Counsellor I have worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, higher education, private practice and a community psychological service. I have worked with individuals of all ages, couples, families and groups.
I have successfully completed additional training in EMDR, completing parts 1,2 & 3 and have experience of delivering this form of therapy to individuals with PTSD and other issues relating to trauma and mental health difficulties.
Additional experience as a counsellor includes 5 years as a career counsellor and 10 years in eating disorders.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
I am experienced in counselling children and young people having worked in schools, colleges and universities as a counsellor with clients experiencing a wide range of issues. I have achieved an 'Excellent' pass in the Youth Certificate in Solution-focussed practice through 'Change - Birmingham'.
SPECIALIST EATING DISORDER COUNSELLING
I have specialist skills and knowledge in counselling for eating, weight and body image issues and disorders, having worked in this field for 10 years. My experience in the eating disorder field includes working with many clients with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-eating Disorder, Food Aversion, Purging Disorder, Body Image Issues, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Night Eating Syndrome.
I am also experienced in counselling relatives, carers and friends of those with eating disorders and difficulties.
I have several years of experience as a careers counsellor and can help you to explore work and career related issues such as work-related stress, work place conflict and career change/development.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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My fees are as follows:
Initial consultation by telephone, free of charge (around 30 minutes)
Children and young people under 16 - £35 per session
Adults - £40-45 per session
Couples - £55 per session
CBT & EMDR
Adults - £40 - 45 per session
I have daytime and evening availability. Weekly sessions are charged at the lower rate of £40, however, you can opt for fortnightly sessions to suit your availability and budget.
I am a registered, accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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daytime and evening availability
Types of client
Supervision & training
I provide a free-of-charge initial consultation, to prospective supervisees, at my Buxton practice.