Deborah Morley

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Counsellor, MBACP, Dip TC, BSc (Hons)
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London SW19 & Surbiton KT6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a professionally qualified, experienced therapeutic counsellor offering counselling for a range of emotional problems.

In counselling, I offer a safe, confidential space where you can talk about things and I will listen with warmth and empathy and without judgement. I can support you in a wide range of emotional difficulties such as depression, bereavement, anxiety, stress, relationship problems and any other area where you are experiencing challenges or are unsure of how to proceed. 

I have therapy rooms in central Wimbledon and also in Surbiton, both served by train and bus, with carparks near by. I can also offer remote counselling by telephone or online. I am available in the daytime and the evenings.

The first step is by telephone or email where we will arrange an initial consultation where we can explore your situation and how we may approach things, also exploring how I work and deciding if this is a good fit for you. This is helpful before committing to a counselling relationship. 

How many sessions?

Generally I work on an open-ended basis, meaning you have weekly sessions for as long as you need. It is best to have at least one ending session, to explore how it feels to be ending and to end the process in a way that is beneficial for you. This way of working allows for development of the process at the pace that is right for you.

Occasionally I work with clients intermittently, for example if availability and cost are an issue. This way of working has a different feel, being more immediate and provides less opportunity for exploration of deeper issues.

We can explore the best way of working in the initial call or session.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • Member of BACP
  • Continuing Professional Development  including:
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Suicide Awareness Training - prevention and postvention
  • Bereavement Training
  • Working Remotely as a Counsellor
  • BSc (Hons)(1) Biological Sciences
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

I offer my time to a local bereavement service where I am a befriender and counsellor to bereaved people who live in southwest London.  I have  worked for a national mental health charity as a counsellor, risk assessor and team member. From my work, I have experience in running support groups for survivors of domestic abuse.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£65 per session (50 minutes)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work weekdays and early evenings too.

Further information

As a humanistic counsellor, it is my belief that each of us, as unique individuals, have our own way of understanding the world and our place in it. I believe that each of us knows what we need in order to be content and fulfilled, but that we may not be able to see a clear path towards that. 

You may be seeking counselling for a specific reason such as bereavement or a relationship breakdown. You may be struggling with an inner problem such as anxiety, stress, depression or a lack of self-confidence or self-esteem. Maybe you have a big decision to make and don't know where to start. Or it may be that you just don't feel 'right' and feel you could be happier, be living a better life but aren't sure where to begin. It may be that you have never had a chance to tell your story and are tired of the secrets you keep.

My counselling approach

I work from a person-centred, existentialist perspective. This means that I work at your pace, with the things you want to bring to the session. I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space and time for you to talk about the things that are troubling you. When you choose the words to describe your feelings, and hear the words spoken aloud, you may experience a new clarity. When I hear the words you choose to speak, I will listen and explore upcoming feelings with you. I will share with you what I have heard, we may find patterns and hitherto hidden priorities which may become enlightening for you as we explore together.

What is person-centred, existentialist counselling?

Given the right opportunity, each of us can reach our full potential and be our true selves. This innate process is continually going on inside us and can be hindered by current and past experiences. Person-centred counselling provides empathy, acceptance and valuing to the client and their individual experiences. It provides you with a space to be you, speak your truth, without fear of being judged and while being free of other people's view of how you should be or have always been thus far. You can expect me to be honest with you in how I experience you and your world, I will accept you as you are.

Existentialist counselling allows you to explore how you are at this point in your life journey, pinpointing feelings and narratives, accepting inner conflicts you may have which are difficult for you to understand and exploring these freely. For example you may have a narrative of low self-esteem, yet in some areas of life you may be more confident; how can this make sense? We will work it out together.

Whatever has brought you here is the first step on a new path to prioritising your well-being. I will work with you on your journey. Please call or email me to talk about how we can best do this together.

London, Greater London, SW19

Surbiton, Surrey, KT6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Deborah Morley
Deborah Morley