Deborah Clarke, Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Registered MBACP)
We all have a story and at times it is really important for our story to be heard. This can be hard when our normal is defined by the expectations of others. Let's face it, normal is not a one size fits all, ultimately because we are all unique. Life is not static, that's why it impacts us in so many ways. I understand the conflicts between what we feel and what we portray, especially when we are struggling. I know this because like you, I come with my own life experiences. Perhaps you are thinking about how to change things in your life, but not sure where to start?
As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, I cannot tell you what to do, but I am here to support, encourage and offer a non-judgemental listening ear as you explore what may be causing you difficulty. We will work together, at your pace with sessions that meet your individual needs and uniqueness.
I know this step can be daunting, but it can be very rewarding. This is about you, a chance to express how things really are. It is about feeling safe through a relationship built on trust and respect. It is about you taking time for yourself, with the hope of initiating change and moving in a more fulfilling direction. I see clients aged 18 years and over with a range of issues. This can be short term or long term.
I work from a wellbeing centre based in Sherwood, situated in a quiet, discreet location. It is easily accessible by public transport. Parking spaces are usually available at the premises. There are also free car parks and some on street parking nearby.
I am also a volunteer counsellor with First Steps Eating Disorders under EDISS, based at the University of Nottingham; as I have a particular interest in how the relationship with food can affect emotional and physical wellbeing.
A supporter of CALM and Survivors UK.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in Nottingham, where I gained a BSc (Hons) in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I have full professional insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.
To support my clinical work I attend regular supervision, I am also committed to ongoing training.
My counselling experience is within the NHS and educational settings.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial session (50 minutes) will cost £25.00. This session gives you the opportunity to explain what you would like from therapy and also to decide if I am the right person for you.
The rate for subsequent sessions (50 minutes) is £40.00.
I have a particular interest in how the relationship with food can affect emotional and physical wellbeing.