Debbie Feld MBACP
UPDATE March 2020 - Covid19/Coronavirus
- All our lives have been affected by the recent worldwide health situation. If you are struggling with the impact of the virus on you and need someone to talk to I am offering Facetime/Skype sessions at a reduced rate to help support people through this anxious time. Please contact me for further information.
I am a warm and compassionate counsellor with experience supporting clients from many walks of life, most recently working on an NHS blood cancer ward, supporting haematology patients and their families. I currently volunteer as a bereavement counsellor at my local hospice.
I work as an integrative counsellor, which means I draw on different counselling theories within my work. There is no one size fits all and my approach will always be centred on you as the client and your needs. I won't tell you what to do or make judgments. In our time together we talk and, through talking and questions asked, new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving can develop.
I have experience in working with a wide variety of issues but have a special interest in loss which is unrelated to death, including living well with cancer, acute and long term health conditions.
I offer a safe and confidential space in Totnes for you to explore the difficulties you are having.
As a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) I follow their ethical guidelines and this means that I have regular supervision as well as following current and applicable Data Protection regulations.
I am a member of WAC (Westcountry Association for Counselling) and in the past I've been a committee member and ran a local group for WAC in Totnes for fellow therapists to meet and continue professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I recently worked for a charity working alongside NHS medical practitioners supporting haematology inpatients and outpatients at a local hospital. I gained experience working with patients facing end of life but also those wanting to live well with cancer, such as those with lymphoma and myeloma.
I undertook my training with Counselling for Carers, Plymouth University Student Support Services and Rowcroft Hospice. I have continued at Rowcroft since that time offering counselling support to recently bereaved clients.
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Additionally I hold a Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy.
I believe that our past experiences impact on who we are and what we bring to every relationship. I acknowledge that my experiences as a medical secretary have contributed to who I am now and as a counsellor I am now able to build on the care and compassion and time to listen to clients that was a small part of my previous role.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic and acute health conditions.
Loss unrelated to death.
I charge £45 per hour.
If you are a student Counsellor please contact me to discuss a fixed price for your training requirements.
On occasion I can offer concessionary fees, please contact me to discuss.
The counsellor/client therapeutic relationship is not like any other relationship you will have experienced with family and friends. The hour each week with your counsellor gives you an opportunity to reflect and explore. The space and time offered during the session allows you freedom to explore your emotions with no one making demands on you or judging you. Through exploration of self you may identify values and needs that you have never given a voice to before and with this discovery may come the potential for change and growth. The counselling space allows flexibility of thought, looking at yourself, situations and others from a different stance which again can promote change within yourself, whether it be change in behaviour or a change in emotional responses. For some, just understanding themselves better can offer them the acceptance of themselves and the situation they are in.
As your counsellor these are all the values I hold dear, having experienced the process myself as a client. I see my role of counsellor as that of a facilitator of change. We all have the potential within us to be the best we can be and I believe that the essence of ourselves can sometimes be lost along the way through life events, small or big, family demands, work demands, societal expectation, ill health and loss.
I bring experience from my past into my present, my own deep exploration of self through counselling and working with many different clients all serving to widen my experience
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6pm
Saturday AM on request
Types of client