Deborah Birley REGISTERED MBACP
The objectives of a counselling relationship will vary according to the individuals needs. Relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, anxiety all seem to be a product of the lifestyles we are now living, dealing with these issues will enable you to work towards living in a more satisfactory and resourceful way. We all have the tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour and allow our past experiences to affect our present . Even though we would like to change, we can often feel unable to do so. Painful situations in the present often have their roots in the past. This understanding allows the possibility of greater freedom of thought and action, leading to change.
I have over twenty years experience as a counsellor in a variety of settings, including working with adults in doctors’ surgeries, educational establishments; Furthermore, I have worked with the Young Citizens Project and the Youth Offending Team. Working in an Information and Counselling Centre for Young People aged 14-25, and a Women’s Counselling Centre.
I am also a trained play therapist, working seven years for the national children’s charity, Place2Be. Having run a project for children needing emotional and therapeutic support, I am also able to work with children in the area of play and creative arts. With this option they are able to explore and express themselves through other modes and activities. Adults can also benefit from these methods of therapy.
I offer short or longer term therapy, depending on the nature of the presenting issues. This is generally in person, but can also be via Skype or phone.
I operate a private practice in my home. I ensure confidentiality and provide time and space for people to work at their own pace, whatever their issues. There is parking available, and a regular bus service runs to Buckden, if needed.
An initial meeting will give us an opportunity to explore how we might best work together. No further obligation is assumed by either party as a result of attending the initial meeting. You may decide at that point that you don't want to continue any further or I may decide that the material you want to work on falls outside my areas of expertise and experience and that it might be better for you to work with someone else. If we decide that we would want to work together we can begin to establish an initial number of sessions to commit to and build in an appropriate review so we can reflect on the process and determine how best to move the work forward.
As laid down by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I maintain a strict ethical therapeutic code.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- Foundation course in Counselling - Cambridge Training Skills.
- Intermediate certificate in Counselling - Oaklands College St Albans.
- Advanced certificate in Counselling (CPCAB) Oaklands College - St Albans.
- European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling St Albans University. (CPCAB)apeu
- Relate certificate in couples Counselling
I am committed to continuing my personal development to ensure the highest standard of professional practice, and I have undertaken a variety of post-graduate short courses and workshops to support this commitment.
These have included studying issues around:
- Working with Dissociative disorders in Clinical Practice - Trauma Dissociation & Recovery
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-harm & Suicide
- Supporting transitions.
- Working with anger.
- Brief therapy-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
- A Relate programme for working with couples.
- Group work training.
I also have an enhanced DBS to reflect the vulnerable nature of the people I am working with.
*All of my certification and insurance details are available upon request.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Availability & Fees:
Monday - Friday - 9.30 - 6.00
In person or on Zoom
- Adult Individual sessions £45 - 50 minutes
- Child sessions - Play therapy - £45 - 40 minutes
- Couples £60 - 50 minute
- Some concessionary appointments are available - please contact me regarding your circumstances
This can be paid direct, details on my website, or cash on the day. Unfortunately I no longer take cheques.
If you need to cancel a session for any reason please let me have as much notice as possible. If you are unable to give at least 48 hours advance notice, there will be a cancellation fee of the usual fee for the session.
Please call for an informal chat to discuss how I may be of help,
or email me by visiting my website: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.30 - 6.00 Monday - Friday.
Either in person or on Zoom
Types of client