Debbie Johns

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MBACP, PG Dip. in Counselling/Psychotherapy, PGCE, BSc. hons
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I have had first-hand experience of many of the challenges that I work with. I bring this experience and understanding into my counselling practice. Counselling helped me to deal with these difficulties, so that I was able to readjust and move forward.  It was this experience of therapy as well as my passion for psychology that drove me to train as a counsellor. 

I have also worked in education for many years, in both mainstream and special schools. I understand the types of pressures that are present in education at the moment. 

How I deliver therapy

I am a Relational Therapist but I also use elements of other counselling theories if I feel it would be helpful to you. I believe that healing takes place within a positive and supportive working relationship, formed between therapist and client. We will work together to explore your thoughts and feelings, looking at different perspectives and finding strategies for coping with the aim of being able to lead a more fulfilling life. We may also look at the possible origins of some of  your difficulties by exploring early relationships and experiences. Every 6 weeks we will review how counselling is going to see if it’s working for you. 

Sessions are 50 minutes.

I offer in person and telephone appointments at the moment. 

Long and short term therapy is available. 

 I work in Shipley. There is free on-street parking. It is 5 mins. walk to the nearest bus stop. The  buses you can catch are number 662 which travels between Keighley, Shipley and Bradford and bus number 60, which travels between Keighley, Shipley and Leeds. It is 20 mins. walk to Saltaire train station. 

Initial contact

After contacting me, I will offer you a free 20 min. phone call so we can talk and you can see if working  with me is the right thing for you.

Our first session 

I will do my best to put you at your ease when we meet for our first session. We will talk about what you want to get out of therapy and what you can expect from working with me. 

Who I work with

Adults 18+

In the areas of;  anxiety, bereavement, cancer diagnosis, changes in life circumstances and life transitions, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues and stress.

I also focus on helping women to deal with change and loss. This may take many forms such as loss of a job, divorce/separation, changes in health or children leaving home for example.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Registered member of BACP 
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Level 3 and level 2 certificates in counselling skills. 
  • PGCE
  • BSC (Hons)
  • I hold an enhanced DBS certificate 

I also regularly update my safeguarding training and am committed to ongoing professional development and supervision from a more experienced therapist. 

I adhere to the BACP Ethical guidelines. 


Adults-survivors of childhood sexual abuse, loss, bereavement, depression, changes in life circumstances.

Children-Loss and bereavement (group work)

Anger (one to one)

Training and Professional Development

  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Attachment theory
  • Dealing with bereavement 
  • Coping with the menopause 
  • Loss and grief 
  • Issues around sexual abuse and domestic violence 
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Awareness of eating disorders 
  • Trauma and the body

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Changes in life circumstances and life transitions.

Therapies offered

  • Relational therapy

Photos & videos


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 per session

£40 concession

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesdays from 8am. Last session 7pm

Saturdays from 9am. Last session 11.30am.

Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Debbie Johns
Debbie Johns