Hello my name is Deborah. I am an integrative therapist which means I am trained in a number of different approaches. This gives me a choice of ways of helping you and adapt my approach to best meet your individual needs. I address a variety of client issues to help people identify the causes of problems; reduce symptoms; advance self-understanding; improve relationships and live more fully. I am compassionate and dedicated in supporting you to make changes and at the same time accept and value yourself. I offer an open, honest, non-judgmental approach, which allows expression and exploration. I will listen and help you to understand how past experiences, concerns about the future or issues surrounding self-confidence may affect your life now. Together we can reflect on how you respond to events in your life and begin to explore the way that you relate to yourself and others.
You may come to counselling because of difficult experiences you have been going through such as relationship breakdown; bereavement; abuse; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); alcoholism; domestic violence; childhood related issues; redundancy; phobias; obsessions; disability or physical or emotional pain. Or you may want help with confidence; dealing with feelings of anger; sadness; guilt; jealousy; fear; anxiety; depression, stuck in an endless cycle; isolation or low self-worth. There are times when we all find it difficult to cope and need someone to talk to other than family and friends, someone who is impartial who will not judge or react unhelpfully. I will not tell you what to do but will help you to make your own decisions.
Counselling offers you a sense of being deeply understood to resolve conflicts that prevent you from enjoying your life and helps you to discover new perspectives, personal goals and ambitions. The key element of counselling is being able to safely share your difficult feelings and thoughts, where the skilled and knowledgeable counsellor listens in such a way that encourages you to explore the meaning behind your experiences, so that you may develop a better understanding of yourself and your life and feel more in control to make positive decisions.
After an initial appointment at my private practice in Romford or Dagenham, there is no obligation to continue if you decide not to. As Client and Therapist, we may make use of the supportive environment to explore the current difficulties for which you seek Integrative Therapy. I am qualified and experienced in many therapy approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Person Centred; Mindfulness; Psychodynamic; Humanistic; Gestalt; Transactional Analysis; Psychotherapy or Existentialism.
I will discuss confidentiality with you and address any questions you may have. We can see how well we work together. I welcome and respect people’s uniqueness and diversity, and respond respectively to each person’s circumstances.
Deborah is known for her strong commitment and dedication in helping people to reach their potential. She brings her personal humanity to her practice and life, which reflects qualities of compassion; empathy; courage; integrity and emotional resilience and trusts in people's potential, to heal and create new realities.
"I came to see Deborah when things in my life were not good. I was experiencing problems at work as well as problems with my personal life, and I felt anxious and low and didn't feel I was coping with life.
From the very first session I found Deborah a warm person and very easy to talk to. She allowed me to open up as and when I felt ready and talk about things that were clearly having an impact on my day to day life.
Deborah has never judged me or made me feel uncomfortable. Instead she has supported me and facilitated my journey.
Regular sessions, have helped me put positive thoughts in place of negative thoughts, and I firmly believe Deborah was instrumental in providing the tools that helped me to identify and adjust my behaviour patterns.
My recovery has been due to a number of factors, but I have no doubt that seeking help from Deborah was, and still is a major contributing factor.
I cannot thank Deborah enough, and would recommend her without hesitation. "
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My Consulting Addresses are based in Dagenham and Romford (Gidea Park). Both addresses have parking spaces. My Gidea Park practice in Carlton Road is only 3 minutes walk from Gidea Park station and Dagenham practice is along a bus route or 10 mins walk from either Dagenham Heathway or Dagenham East station.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified counsellor since and psychotherapist since 2009 and have a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person-centred; Humanistic; Existentialism; Gestalt; Experiential and Transpersonal). I am also certificated and experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis.
I am accredited and registered with the BACP (2012) and have years of experience counselling Individuals, couples and families from different backgrounds and cultures, and dealing with the particular concerns they face. My past experience includes; working in CAMHS with adolescents and families, 4 years working as a High Intensity Counsellor within Step 3 of the Step Care Model within the NHS Psychological Therapy Service and 5 years as a mentor, facilitating clients to overcome anxiety and build confidence to achieve their goals. In addition, I worked as a school Counsellor and Psychotherapist and 3 years experience counselling Carers. My specialist experience is in Depression; Anxiety; Relationship Problems; Anger management; Childhood Issues; Abuse; Pain Management Strategies; Carers Support; Self Esteem issues and Personal Development.
I have varied experience working with different client’s issues including in the area of personal injury and offer a sensitive, safe and effective experience. I offer a psychological rehabilitation service for individuals and families. This involves assessment, treatment and legal reports for adults who have suffered as a result of trauma including industrial accidents. I also offer my training and experience in working with children and adolescents.
My ethical approach places my clients’ best interests at the forefront of my decision-making which includes continuing my professional development to advance my learning in support of clients. I have attended the following training courses:-
- Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Couple Counselling Training (cert)
- Boundaries, Holding and Containment (cert)
- Master Class: Treatment Strategies for Complex OCD (cert) BPS Approved.
- PTSD Master Class: Trauma Focused CBT (cert) BPS Approved.
- CBT training (cert) The London South Bank University.
- Religion and Spirituality (cert).
- CBT: Pain Management.
- Eating Disorders: Dilemmas and Possibilities (NELF Trust and University College London) (cert).
- Clinical Risk - Suicide Assessment and Management - Sexual Orientation (cert).
- Safeguarding Adults and Children Level 2 & 3 (cert).
- Facilitating in Groups (cert).
- Pesso Boydon (cert).
- Identity, Shame and the Emerging Adolescent (cert).
- Transference (cert).
- Attachment Theory & Practice (cert).
- Working with Difference and Diversity (cert).
- Working with Metaphor (cert).
- Helping Children Tell Their Stories (cert).
- Making Endings with Children (cert).
- NHS Choice: Caring with Confidence (cert).
- Carer Awareness Aimed At Professionals (cert).
- Dr Bill Webster: understanding sudden and unexpected death, getting it together when life falls apart (cert).
- Adoption Training: Bonding; Child Development; Issues of Abuse; Play Therapy & Tools in supporting children
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).
From £45.00 to £80.00
Concessions offered for
Individual counselling: £60 - 1hr
Evening appointments £70 - 1hr
Couple counselling: £80 (first session 70 mins).
Children and adolescents: 60 mins session £50 (plus free ongoing consultation with parents). Play therapy for younger children 5 years and upwards. Family sessions £80.
Telephone counselling: £30 - 30 mins. £55 - 60 mins.
Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp counselling: £60 - £60 mins
Please contact me to enquire about my availability. Thank you. I offer an initial free telephone or online consultation.
Concessions: reduced fee for counsellng/psychology students.
I also offer supervision with student concessions.
My Consulting Addresses are based in Romford and Dagenham. Both addresses have parking spaces. My Gidea Park practice is only 3 minutes walk from Gidea Park station and Dagenham practice is along a bus route or 10 mins walk from either Dagenham Heathway or Dagenham East station.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LOOK AT MY PROFILE. YOU WILL FIND MY WEBSITE LINK ABOVE IN THE CONTACT DETAILS.
Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm and Saturday 10am - 6pm. I offer short or long term therapy depending on your needs. You are very welcome to contact me to discuss your requirements.
All work undertaken is in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is clinically supervised by a counselling Psychologist who is chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Counselling addresses are in easy reach of Dagenham, Barking, Becontree, Rush Green, Elm Park, South Hornchurch, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Rainham, Seven Kings, Hornchurch, Mawneys, Heath Park, Creekmouth, Gidea Park, Harold Wood, Collier Row, Ilford, Belvedere, Little Heath, Upminster.