Deborah Barlow

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Dip Counselling MBACP (BACP Registered Member )
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Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK6
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My Clients    

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor with a friendly and down to earth approach. I have over 1000 hours of counselling experience . I specialise in bereavement, anxiety, depression, and low self esteem.I also work with clients experiencing difficulties in relationships or employment / work issues .

I receive positive feedback from my clients and often receive recommendations from former clients and GP’s. I do everything I can to put clients at ease and make the process of having counselling as easy as possible .

I work in a way that suits the needs of each client . Some clients favour a free flowing approach where they are not sure what the real issue is and we explore this together  . Other clients wish to work on something specific or have goal they are aiming for . Everyone is different and I’m happy to accommodate that ! 

I offer daytime face to face sessions and cover the Stockport and East Cheshire areas . Including Romiley,Hyde ,Marple ,High Lane ,Poynton and Macclesfield. 

I also offer online sessions both in the daytime and in evenings . 

As an animal lover myself and I also specialise in working clients who have experienced losing a much loved companion .I understand how devastating this can be .

I have my own successful private practise- Focus Counselling Cheshire and I also work with private clients at a  well respected counselling organisation based in East Cheshire.

My Approach

Firstly I really listen to my clients ,I try to understand their issues from their viewpoint , I try to work with my clients in a way which is open ,and helpful.

I do not impose my own feelings,  thoughts or opinions on clients instead I support  them to understand themselves so that they can find their own way .

Counselling requires a fresh approach with each new client . There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution! I believe that every client is unique and I work in a way that suits the client ,every client is different and differences are valued.

I understand that having counselling can be a difficult undertaking but I have seen it help so many people , so I really want to do all I can to make it a positive experience for all my clients , and hopefully one that will change their lives for the better .

How I work

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions lasting 50 minutes . I work either face to face from counselling rooms in Marple and Poynton or online via Zoom  . I am flexible about when sessions take place and understand that it can be difficult for clients to find time for sessions.Zoom sessions work really well for clients who have busy lives .

My Values

I believe that we all have the capacity to heal and grow if we receive the necessary support and care . The starting point for this is to feel heard and understood. 

I believe in equality for all but also celebrate the uniqueness in every individual.

I also work with clients to find ways to help themselves outside of their sessions , this can include breathing exercises , reframing thoughts and tactics for dealing with anxiety .

Because I value my clients ,I work in an open, honest and professional manner but always in a warm and welcoming way .

Please  contact me for more information or to book a session. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have worked as a Bereavement Counsellor at a Macmillan Centre for 2 years and have undergone their rigorous training and selection programme.

I have successfully worked with bereavement, anxiety ,depression, low confidence, mood swings, employment and work related issues ,as well as helping clients with family issues. I have worked with clients who have experienced loss, trauma and clients who have lost their sense of purpose in life.

As well as my private practice, I also work as a counsellor at a well respected counselling organisation in Cheshire . 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My current fees are £50 per session . I offer concessions by agreement for Trainee Counsellors .

When I work

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I am flexible so please do contact me if the displayed hours do not suit your requirements and I will do my best to accommodate you. 

Further information

I also welcome clients with Learning Disabilities and have worked with this client group in a previous role.

Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Deborah Barlow
Deborah Barlow