About me

I am a family and systemic psychotherapist accredited by the UKCP and also an accredited BACP counsellor. I work with adults, parents, couples, young people and families offering a safe space to find a way forward when life has become difficult to manage alone.

What is family therapy?

Family therapy – or to give it its full title, family and systemic psychotherapy, helps people think about and reflect on themselves, their loved ones and the different contexts in which they live and have lived.

It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other, to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can also find family therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find solutions to life’s challenges.

Research shows family therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences, for example, depression and anxiety; relationship breakdowns;parenting struggles; bereavements etc.

I have worked in the NHS and charitable sectors with adults and children experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. I continue to work with parents, children and young people at a London based charity 3 days a week and have a small private practice.

I work within the ethical guidelines of the UKCP and BACP and have regular supervision.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss whether what I offer will be suitable for you. This can be by phone or email.

My private practice is based at rooms in Kingston-upon-Thames with good access to public transport and local car parks.

Training, qualifications & experience

Over the last 20 years I have worked in the charitable sector, social services  and the NHS and have extensive experience of working with families and in support of parents.

  • Family therapy supervisor (Tavistock), July 2017
  • Emotionally focused couple therapy internship, 2016
  • MSc in systemic psychotherapy (2014) for working with individuals, couples and families. (Birkbeck College London University and Institute of Family Therapy).
  • Counselling diploma
  • BSc (Hons) nursing

Member of the Association of Family Therapists, (AFT); registered with the UKCP and accredited member of the BACP.

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.


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

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£100 per session for families and couples.

Please contact me if you are experiencing financial difficulties during the covid-19 crisis but would still like to access therapy.


I see people on Wednesdays. If you need some flexibility around session times please do call to discuss.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Deborah Quy

Deborah Quy