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MBACP registered BA HONS Diploma In Counselling

About me

Hi, my name is Debbie. I've spent the last 10 years being passionate about the importance of professional counselling providing lasting change and offering a service devoted to your needs. As a counsellor I embrace difference, honesty and integrity. I am not the expert here and I am not here to give you all the answers because you are the expert on yourself.

I offer a place to listen to you so that you feel heard and can find your own path. I strongly feel everyone can be empowered to find their own answers. From my experience I am able to sit with people when they are in their darkest place giving them the time and space to find a way forward.

Counselling falls under the umbrella term of ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment.

I offer a warm, confidential and non-judgemental safe space to allow sharing your distress and looking afresh at your problems. I have worked with a wide range of clients from all backgrounds to support them in overcoming a number of personal difficulties including: anxiety, stress, depression, addictions, childhood abuse, bereavements and other negative emotions that they may be experiencing.

In addition to working with private clients, I have provided counselling in a range of settings including a doctor’s surgery, prisons, and family support centres. Currently, I support clients in High Security prisons in the County of Kent as well as at my own private practice.

Within my practice I work with adults and teenagers for either short-term or long-term counselling, helping with a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety, depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress, bereavement, relationship issues etc.

I am a fully qualified experienced integrative counsellor with mental health experience. This enables me to draw on various therapeutic modalities (psychodynamic, person-centred, CBT, transpersonal, Transactional Analysis etc.) in order to meet the individual needs of each client.

How do you work with clients?

I aim to provide a safe place where you are able to explore your feelings and past experiences to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. We work at your pace to help you re-discover a sense of meaning and purpose for your life. This will allow you to reach your potential and resolve your issues.

The question is not is wrong with you but what have you been through.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Gustav Jung.

I feel the most important part of therapy is the strength of the relationship. It is a unique experience to be really heard and this is something few of us experience. I would like to invite you to a safe place to be really heard and understood to allow you the space to develop and grow.

“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me” ― Carl R. Rogers

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Psychological Therapist and have completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling accredited by the regulatory authorities for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I am a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body Diploma in Therapeutic
  • Counselling Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body Certificate in Counselling Skills

Additional Training and courses I have attended include:

The Death of a child at Any Age Creative Skills for use in Counselling Sudden and Traumatic Death Self harm and Suicide Training EFT Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trauma Counselling

  • Numbing the Pain- dealing with Shame
  • Rewind Technique
  • Trauma Informed Training

Member organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Working with ex offenders

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £50 per session (50 min); concessions are available for trainee counsellors studying on BACP approved courses.

I offer a free telephone consultation in advance of counselling to address any questions or queries you may have about my practice.

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Further information

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and a graduate member of BPS (British Psychological Society) and comply with their ethical rules and regulations.

I continuously update and develop myself by attending various CPD (continuous professional development) trainings and workshops in order to offer the best and latest therapeutic developments to meet the needs of all Clients.

Kent Wellbeing Hub, Medway Pavilion, Farthing Corner Motorway Services Area, M2, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 8PQ

Type of session

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