Deborah Smith BA(Hons), M.A , PGCE, MBACP (Accred) & Clinical Supervisor

Deborah Smith BA(Hons), M.A , PGCE, MBACP (Accred) & Clinical Supervisor

About me

Hello, I am Debbie. I am a Person Centred counsellor, but I 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.

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.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to look at troubling situations in a different way and can be useful if you feel you suffer from anxiety or depression.

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. It is not what is wrong with you, its what has 'happened' to you. For many this burden has been carried for years, but frequently it is carried by the wrong person! Hopefully we can work together and put this in perspective.

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 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.

Due to situations I have witnessed and been involved in, my special interest lies within trauma work. It is profoundly devastating and incredibly interesting in equal measure. I have recently been accepted to train in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing) I expect to be qualified in January 2021.

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.

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 6 Supervision
  • 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.
  • 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 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


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

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  • The Garden Room
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  • My Logo for The Garden Room


  • 1st 30 minute session is FREE in order to gauge a working alliance.
  • £35 is charged for all other subsequent 50/60 minute sessions.
  • Student COUNSELLORS on PLACEMENT with proof of course attendance £20 per hour as I appreciate the significant cost involved in Counselling Training.

    *COVID 19* Any front line/key workers affected by this please state at the time of enquiry as I will offer a drastically reduced fee of £10 per session. You will need to produce evidence of employment for NHS/Emergency Services/Supermarket etc in order to be offered this. I will only offer this rate to 6 people at any one time and you may need to be placed on a waiting list. This service will only operate face to face after the Government restrictions have been lifted.

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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Leyland, PR26

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

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.


MON-11am-8pm, TUES-5pm-8pm, WEDS-10am-8pm ,THURS-11am-8pm, SAT-10am-Midday, SUNDAY-10am-Midday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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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