Deborah Smith BA(Hons), M.A , PGCE, MBACP
Hello, I am Debbie. I am an integrative counsellor. Generally person centred, but I hold an additional Diploma in CBT which means I have the option to be able to utilise and integrate both methodologies into my practice to best support you.
I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and safe place to explore your emotions and help you find what works best for you.
I am committed to working within an ethical framework and as such follow the guidelines of the professional organisations to which I belong; BACP, BABCP.
Prior to being a counsellor I spent over twenty years working for the emergency services, so I am able to relate to the pressures of working on the front line, and the burdens often carried by those individuals within those organisations. Pressured not only by members of the public, but also from management structures within their own organisations.
How can Counselling Help?
The aim of counselling is to help you understand what 'makes you tick' and how ultimately you can get back 'on track' and take control of your life. Counselling is often challenging, and sometimes that challenge is about acceptance, particularly acceptance of ourselves.
If we work together in a person centred way, I will listen but I will not tell you your 'next move' that decision is, and will always, remain yours.
Should we chose to work using CBT I may set you certain goals and tasks, but these will be chosen together. This type of therapy is more solution focused and is particularly helpful when dealing with depression and anxiety.
What Happens In The First Session?
The first session covers the Counselling Contract, Confidentiality/Privacy Statement and completion of the initial assessment. We will explore the reasons why you have sought counselling and what your expectations of our time together are.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions is up to you, it is usually 6-8 , but dependent upon the individual and the presenting issue it may be shorter or longer, but you will always dictate the pace and there is no obligation to remain with me should you decide to seek help elsewhere.
Where Does Counselling Take Place?
My counselling service takes place in a contemporary garden office space located at the rear of my property. There is a small woodland behind my house which makes for a very peaceful and tranquil setting to explore your issues.
Please note I do not do home visits. However should the 'therapy' require utilising other public places then I am happy to do this. Sometimes clients struggle with using public transport etc.
I do have a small but extremely friendly little dog who is kept inside the house and will not cause any distractions, but please bear this in mind if you do not like dogs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Continued Professional Development in the following ;
- Loss and Bereavement Training
- Mental Health First Aid
- Sexualised Trauma Training.
- Safeguarding Adults Level 1
- Safeguarding Adults Level 2
- Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults
- Safeguarding Adolescents
- Working with Identity and Self Esteem in Young People with Eating Disorders
- Working with Young People who Self Harm
- Self Harm
- Working with Young People in the LGBTQ Community.
- Identifying Psychosis in Primary Care Settings.
Qualifications non Counselling Specific
- MA in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy
- BA(Hons) Applied Social Science
- PGCE Post Compulsory Education.
The reason I include the above 'non' counselling academic qualifications is that although they are not specifically counsellor focused or orientated, the content of the courses gave me a greater in depth understanding of social issues as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Domestic Violence, and problems faced by the Transgender Community. My Masters Thesis focused on Trans individuals in the penal system.
I am primarily a Person Centred Counsellor but I am able to offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) should it be of benefit to you.
I work part time for a counselling charity and have done so for the past three years. I also work in schools in the West Lancs area with children aged 7-15 years and with students aged 16-21 at a local college.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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- 1st 30 minute session is FREE in order to gauge a working alliance.
- £35 is charged for all other subsequent 60 minute sessions.
- Student COUNSELLORS on PLACEMENT with proof of course attendance £15 per hour.
There are no discounts for 'block' booking sessions as I believe a client is autonomous and has the right to change their mind or counsellor at any given time and I would not want anyone to feel obligated to come because of a financial arrangement.
I am located between Leyland and Chorley approximately a 5 minute walk from the nearest bus stop on Slater Lane.
There is ample parking on the road.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
MON- 5PM-8PM TUES-CLOSED WEDS-4PM-8PM THURS-5PM-8PM FRI-11AM-3PM SAT-CLOSED SUNDAY-10AM-12 NOON
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|