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BA(Hons), M.A , PGCE, MBACP (Accred) Supervisor and EMDR

About me

Hi, I'm Deb. I am a Counselling Psychotherapist,  I also hold an additional Level 5 qualification 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 am also an Accredited EMDR UK, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) practitioner. This type of therapy is recommended for helping individuals process trauma(s). It involves Bi-lateral stimulation whilst looking at a light bar and has a high level of success. I am also a qualified auricular acupuncturist and can use this on clients who experience somatic symptoms from trauma. 

Prior to being a Counsellor/Psychotherapist I spent over twenty years as a Police Officer, so I am able to relate to the pressures of working on the front line, and the burdens often carried by individuals within those organisations. Pressured not only by members of the public, but also from management structures within the work place. Life can be difficult enough at times, which is why you are looking at this I guess? Without bringing our work home as well.

So what exactly is Counselling and how can it help? Well......

Person centred counselling is a non-directive approach that provides therapeutic support which allows you to begin a journey of personal growth and positive change and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to look at troubling situations in a different way and it can be useful if you feel you suffer from anxiety or depression. EMDR is typically used for CPTSD and PTSD but also has success with OCD, Anxiety, Migraine, Pain and many other conditions.

Auricular acupuncture is centred on the ear. Placing needles in the ear can help alleviate certain pain conditions and help lower blood pressure. People who have suffered some kind of trauma in their life can typically exhibit certain physical symptoms that Dr's can find it hard to explain. As few people in the medical profession will ask about the emotional/physical/sexual trauma you may have experienced in the past. 

I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and safe place to explore your emotions and help you find what works best for you. Quite often people think there is something 'wrong' with them, but it's not what is wrong with you, it is very often what has 'happened' to you? For many this burden has been carried for years and years, but is frequently carried by the wrong person! Hopefully we can work together and put this in perspective. We can facilitate a growth and healing process together.

I am committed to working within an ethical framework and as such follow the guidelines of the professional organisations to which I belong; BACP and National Counsel of Psychotherapists.

Due to many situations I have witnessed and been involved in, my special interest lies within trauma work. It is profoundly devastating and also very workable with. There is hope, honestly! Sometimes it feels like you relive the same things over and over and over, but I have worked with many individuals with very good results.

I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, please see my Supervisor profile if you are looking for supervisor.

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.

**Due to COVID 19 A Hospital type hand sanitiser station has now been fixed to my office and all clients are respectfully requested to use it upon entering**

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

    * Auricular Acupuncture.

    * EMDRIA Europe Accredited Practitioner in EMDR.

    * EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) 1,2 and 3.

    *Level 6 Supervision Course (Hawkins and Shohet)

    *Level 5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

    * Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.

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.
  • Practitioners Diploma in Crystal Healing.
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice.
  • Awareness of Special Educational Needs in Counselling.
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Self Harm and Suicide
  • Working Therapeutically with Survivors of Rape or Sexual Violence
  • BACP Accreditation.
  • Working with Shame
  • Trauma and the Effects on the Body and Brain

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 also offer EMDR for certain conditions associated with pain and trauma. Note I will only EMDR with adults.

I work part time for a counselling charity and have done so for the past four years. I have also worked in schools in the West Lancs area with children aged 7-15 years and with students aged 16-21 at a local college.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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.

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe (EMDR Europe)

EMDR Europe

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

  • 1st 30 minute session is FREE in order to gauge a working alliance.
  • £45 is charged for all other subsequent 50/60 minute sessions.

    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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday 0930-9pm, Tuesday 0930-3pm, Wednesday 0930-8pm, Thursday 0930-3pm

Friday 0900-Midday, Saturday CLOSED, Sunday CLOSED.

Further information

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.

**Fees in January 2022 are going up to £45 per session. Current clients and those on a waiting list will be unaffected and pay the current rate**

Leyland, Lancashire, PR26

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There is a high step into The Garden Room Office which is not suitable for wheelchairs. There is easy access through the garden but a degree of mobility would be required to access the Therapy Room.

Supervision

In person
Online

I have passed a Level 6 CPCAB Supervisory Qualification which I believe is the most robust and challenging of supervisory qualifications.

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