Deborah Kerr BA Psych, MSW, MSc
I am a dual qualified Family & Systemic Psychotherapist and Social Worker with over 18 years experience in direct work with children, young people and adults. I have a wide range of professional experience from practice in settings including Children’s Social Care, Schools, and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) within the NHS.
In my practice I work with individuals including adults, children, and adolescents as well as couples and families. I also offer supervision to qualified Family Therapists or clinicians who are working systemically.
How I Work
With clients I explore important family and cultural beliefs and patterns of communication or interaction that influence the problem. We identify areas for change and work towards developing new ways of understanding and living, enabling the client to create a revised and more preferred story about themselves, their lives and relationships.
I often work with a number of people in the family or the client’s network who are affected. Sometimes I meet with a family altogether to explore the issues but in other cases I meet with different configurations of the family such as just parents/couple, child/young person on their own, a parent and child/young person together, or the client and extended family etc. Working together with clients and their loved ones can help resolve problems affecting their relationships and develop a deeper sense of connection to one another.
Family & systemic psychotherapy differs from other forms of therapy in that I do not usually offer weekly appointments. Instead, depending on the client or issues brought, I offer fortnightly or three weekly appointments. This is to give the individual/couple/family the opportunity to think about or try out different ways of being and notice and build on changes that develop between sessions.
In the initial consultation I aim to create a safe space to explore client's strengths, the issues of concern, and other contextual factors that also influence the problem and its resolution.
I encourage individuals, couples, and families to set goals that they would like to achieve in our work together. The focus on client goals helps towards tracking progress, planning different focuses of the work, and planning for the end of therapy.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the individual/couple/family but I typically offer short-term (5-6 sessions) or long-term (10-12+ sessions) therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family & Systemic Psychotherapy (2018). Institute of Family Therapy, London.
- MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (2012). Institute of Family Therapy and University of London-Birkbeck, London.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (2009). Institute of Family Therapy and University of London-Birkbeck, London.
- Foundation Certificate in Systemic Practice (2007). The Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC) and the University of Bedfordshire.
- Master of Social Work (2002), Specialisation in Clinical Social Work (Individuals, Families & Groups), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1999). Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama USA.
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)- 2011163650
- UKCP Profile: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/therapist/deborah-kerr/
- Social Work England- SW10384 (application for re-admission for registration currently being processed by Social Work England)
- Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice-N9000004518
- AFT Profile: https://www.aft.org.uk/details/therapist/1495bc99039a/Kerr-Deborah.html
- Institute of Family Therapy, since 2012.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
To get started, please send me an email with your contact details and we can then schedule an initial chat over the phone. Together we can determine whether you would like to arrange a more in-depth online consultation. An initial consultation session can last up to an hour and a half. Further therapy sessions are an hour in length.
Online appointment rates
60 mins Individual therapy – £70
60 mins Couples therapy – £80
60 mins Family therapy – £80
60 mins Clinical supervision - £50
**Please note that I do offer a few slots for those on low incomes and key workers. Please ask about reduced rates when making contact.
If you choose to fully cancel a session rather than re-arrange, my policy is to charge the full session fee for less than 48 hours notice.
Concessions offered for
As a registered Family & Systemic Psychotherapist I am bound by the Code of Ethics of both the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the Association of Family Therapy (https://www.aft.org.uk/consider/view/code-of-ethics-and-practice.html).
Generally speaking my work with clients remains confidential however, circumstances may arise when there are legal exceptions and it is a matter of public or professional duty to break confidentiality. Situations involving client safety, such as self-harm or actual or potential risk of harm to family members or others, would constitute such circumstances. If possible, I aim to gain the consent of a client before breaking confidentiality.
In terms of written information, I do make some written notes during sessions but I do not record client names or personal details anywhere that it can be recognised. Clients are free to view their session notes as and when they wish. Any email correspondence between a client and myself is deleted after reading.