Deborah Birley REGISTERED MBACP

Deborah Birley REGISTERED MBACP

3 Cranfield Way
Buckden
St Neots
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE19 5TJ

07814940937

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3 Cranfield Way
Buckden
St Neots
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE19 5TJ

07814940937

About me

I have fifteen years experience as a counsellor in a variety of settings including doctors’ surgery and educational establishments; both schools and colleges. 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.

I operate a private practice in my home which is a bungalow.  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.

How counselling can help

The objectives of a counselling relationship will vary according to the individual client's needs. Relationship issues, depression, anxiety sometimes accompanied by panic attacks seem to be a product of the lifestyles we are living now, dealing with these issues in the here and now 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 behaviour.

Even though we would like to change, we can often feel unable to. In this model of counselling the relationship between the client and the counsellor is central to the work being done, and painful situations in the present that have roots in the past can be understood in a clearer way.

This understanding allows the possibility of greater freedom of thought and action, leading to change.

Initial meeting

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)

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 PracticeSupporting 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 CRB to reflect the vulnerable nature of the people I am working with.

*All of my certification and insurance details are available upon request.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Availability & Fees:

Monday - Friday  -  9.30 - 6.00

Alternative Saturdays  -  10.00 - 12.00

  • 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.

24 hours notice is required to either change or cancel an appointment, otherwise full payment of fees is requested.

Further information

Please call for an informal chat to discuss how I may be of help,

or email me by visiting my website: deborah.birley@deborahbirley.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Huntingdon, PE19 5TJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

9.30 - 6.00 Monday - Friday. Alternative Saturdays. 10 -12

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations