Deborah Orchard BA(Hons) BACP (Accred) EMDR (Accred), Couples Counsellor

Deborah Orchard BA(Hons) BACP (Accred) EMDR (Accred), Couples Counsellor

West Sussex


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About me

Hello and a warm welcome, thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I imagine that you may be currently struggling with some aspect of your life, looking for some sort of help and perhaps wondering which path to follow with regards to therapy. Choosing a therapist can be a very difficult and often thought provoking process because there are so many therapies and therapists available to you. You may be thinking how do I distinguish between one therapist and another and how will I know which one suits me best.

Perhaps, initially looking at qualifications and experience may be a reasonable starting place because it gives you a good indication of whether your therapist has the relevant experience to accommodate your individual needs. I feel it is imperative that the therapist you do choose, is absolutely the right person for you. This will ensure that the therapeutic relationship, which is paramount to the success of therapy, is there from the start and that the therapist has your individual needs at heart.

I am a well qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Supervisor with over 13 years experience providing a competent and professional service to individuals and couples. I currently divide my time working as a Psychological Therapist/EMDR Practitioner within the NHS as part of their IAPT programme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and my own Private Practice. In the past I have worked within a Community Mental Health Team as a Bereavement and Loss Counsellor, as well as working within a Hospice environment which has given me invaluable experience when working within all areas of loss.

Shakespeare said 'Give sorrow words: for the grief that does not speak knits up the o'er wrought heart, and bids it break'. Bereavement literally means 'to be robbed of something valued'. Grieving is a process of adjusting to that loss which is universal and I feel I have the experience to help you on your own unique journey.

I am am also a Counsellor for the charity Bliss which is an organisation offering counselling to babies born 'too soon, too small, too sick'. For more information visit their website on

I have also spent several years working as a School Counsellor with children aged 11 to 18 years.

In 2012 I qualified as a Couples Counsellor. Couples therapy focuses on the total relationship. It is a way of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. My aim would be to help the couple gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner to decide if they need and want to make changes and if so, to help them do so.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Accredited Member of EMDR UK and Ireland

BA(Hons) Humanistic Counselling
EMDR(Accredited) Practitioner

EMDR Children and Adolescents Level 1 and 11

Diploma in Supervision
Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling
PG Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Advanced Certificate Couples Counselling
IAPT Couples Counselling for Depression (Accred)
Certificate Bereavement & Loss Counselling

Attended several conferences/workshops about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) which is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.

I have several years experience using EMDR to treat: anxiety and panic attacks, trauma, depression, stress, pain relief, phobias, complicated grief, self esteem and performance anxiety.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR Europe

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I have several years experience and qualifications in NICE recommended therapies to hep you on your own individual journey/s.

Individuals (50 minute sessions)     £60.00
Couples     (50 minute sessions)     £70.00

Supervision (50 minute sessions)   £60.00

Some concessions available. Please email me for more details.

Further information

I offer a secluded, quiet, comfortable consulting room in Hassocks, West Sussex which offers off road parking and is a 15 minute walk from Hassocks station.

Maps & Directions

Hassocks, BN6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Tuesday: 9am - 8.30pm Wednesday: 9am - 8.30pm Thursday: 2.30pm - 8.30pm Friday: 9.00 am - 1.30 pm

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a well qualified supervisor having worked as a supervisor both within the NHS, offering supervision to trainee and experienced therapists and within my own private practice.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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