Deborah Holder MBACP (Reg)
Whatever's on your mind, talking and being heard can help and I offer a safe, confidential space where you can do this at a pace that suits you. You may be feeling stuck and confused, overwhelmed by your emotions, anxious or depressed. You may be struggling to cope with change – the end of a relationship, a bereavement, job loss or parenthood. You might not know what the problem is – just that something is not right. Alternatively you may be interested in therapy as a form of personal development.
How we would work together -
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist which means I am trained to draw on whichever approaches are the best fit for you and the issues you bring to counselling. It’s your story and I try to provide the right conditions for you to tell it and feel heard and understood. My role is to help you to explore your feelings and thoughts in way that promotes insight and self-awareness, and to support you as you work towards greater clarity and understanding
Talking about how you feel and being heard is at the heart of therapy. Beyond this, it may be helpful to consider unhelpful life patterns and gain new insight into habitual ways of thinking and behaving. We can also explore fresh perspectives, different possibilities and strategies for change and growth. Working together we can explore where you are now, where you would like to be and how you can work towards getting there.
Counselling can be open ended or time limited (typically 6-24 sessions). This is something we can discuss and agree on at an initial session. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and take place at the same time every week.
What next? -
Please contact me by email or phone and we will arrange an initial session during which we can find out a bit more about each other and decide whether to go ahead and work together. You will also have a chance to ask about anything else you aren’t sure about.
My north London practice is easily accessible by bus and tube from Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Islington, Archway, Tufnell Park, Highgate and Hampstead. My room in WC1 is right opposite Euston station.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course)
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Psychology
BA Hons in Psychology
In addition to private practice I have also worked with adults as a counsellor in NHS Primary Care and currently work as a counsellor and psychotherapist in education. I work one-to-one with adults, couples and young people and take on regular EAP work.
I have additional training in Sand Tray therapy, CBT, Mindfulness -based CBT, Solution Focussed Therapy and MBTA. I am currently training as a Clinical Supervisor.
Before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist I was a journalist, writer and editor for 20 years and am available for therapy - related writing work.
I have regular clinical supervision and have been CRB checked. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such, I am bound by its Ethical Framework and Professional Code of Conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic 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
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
I charge between £50 and £80 per session although I also have some reduced cost places available.
I work with individuals and couples, adults and young people. Online and telephone counselling is also available. I am also a Clinical Supervisor.
I am a member of two group practices, the London Counselling Collective and the London Art Therapy Centre. Details for both can be found on my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer therapy sessions in the evenings, during the day time and on weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified clinical supervisor with an integrative training.