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About me

COVID-19 Update: I continue to offer therapeutic support. The only change to my practice is sessions are now offered via Video Skype or telephone. This is a challenging, unprecedented time so if you are struggling do contact a qualified therapist.

I have eight years experience working as a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist. I work with adults and young people from my private practice based in Thatcham, Berkshire. I am registered and abide by the BPS, BACP and UKCP code of ethics.

What happens in therapy?

Together we explore what past and present experiences influence the way you are and why. By focusing on the therapeutic relationship, we can gain some understanding of how you relate to family, friends and work colleagues. Gaining this understanding helps you decide if you want to make changes in your life and if so how therapy can help you to do that. For me therapy is a confidential space unlike any other in your life where you can explore what you feel you need to without fear of judgement.

Through a discussion at the first appointment we decide whether short or long-term therapy would best suit to your needs.


My therapeutic approach is integrative with a strong influence from psychodynamic and relational therapy also incorporating CBT and existential therapy. This means I work with what each client brings in a unique and individual way. Being curious about human behaviour has resulted in my career in psychology.

I have a special interest in:

  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Body image issues
  • Relationship therapy
  • PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and trauma work
  • Eating disorders

Due to my interest in the body, my doctoral thesis focused on the experience of female patients seeking elective rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy accredited by Middlesex University: (www.mdx.ac.uk).
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute: (www.metanoia.ac.uk)
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute: (www.metanoia.ac.uk)
  • BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa
  • Certificate of Competency in using Psychological Tests: Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service.
  • Certificate of Completion of the Fundamentals of EGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model Practice


Over the past eight years, I have worked in a number of different clinical settings with people from all walks of life. Recently I worked as an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) for a large organization doing short-term counselling with staff from various companies. My past experience includes working with individuals who present with a range of mental health issues in the NHS, Counselling Services in Ealing and Wokingham and for a number of years as a Student Counsellor for the City of Oxford College.

Member organisations


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

Body dysmorphic disorder, support pre and post cosmetic surgery and body image related issues.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£90.00 per 50-minute session.

I am a registered provider with the following insurance companies: AXA PPP Healthcare, AVIVA, Vitality Health and WPA. Please note fees for insurance companies may vary.

I offer a limited number of sessions at a reduced rate, please ask when enquiring.

Further information

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk), BACP (www.bacp.co.uk) and UKCP (www.ukcp.org.uk).

Total Health West Berkshire
Lower Barn, Lower Henwick Farm
Turnpike Road
RG18 3AP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Can offer sessions online or telephone instead.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Dr Deborah Auer, Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Dr Deborah Auer, Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist