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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 18 years experience providing a competent and professional service to individuals and couples. I worked within the NHS for over 10 years as a Psychological Therapist/EMDR Practitioner/Couples Therapist for Depression as part of their IAPT programme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) alongside 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 have also worked for a charity providing support to individuals who have struggled with infertility, premature birth and loss.

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

Accredited Couples Therapist for Depression (Tavistock Relationships)

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

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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

Individuals (50 minute sessions)  £65.00
Couples     (50 minute sessions)  £70.00

Supervision (50 minute sessions)  £60.00

Some concessions available. Please email me for more details.


Monday  9am - 8.30pm Wednesday: 9am - 8.30pm Thursday: 9.30pm - 8.30pm Friday: 9.00 am - 1.30 pm.

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.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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.

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Deborah Orchard

Deborah Orchard