Deborah Spraggon Registered MBACP (Accred)
Many of us experience difficulties at one time or another during our lives. You may be feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or have relationship/family issues, or there has been a significant life event such as a bereavement, illness or redundancy. Or perhaps you just have a general sense of feeling low, lonely or isolated and don't understand why. Seeking help is a positive step.
I am an integrative practitioner which means that I use a number of different theories and approaches when I'm counselling, including psychodynamic and humanistic therapy. I adapt my approach to suit the needs of the individual client - because every person is unique. However, I believe that if you feel listened to, that I empathise with you and that you can trust me, you will feel more able to talk about your most private worries and concerns without fear of being judged. Exploring difficult thoughts, feelings and issues can help you to understand why you feel the way that you do and to work out, in a safe and supportive environment, what you can do to feel better.
The clients that I see are from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and are of all ages. I have considerable expertise in working with the 18-26 age group and with clients from creative and performing arts professions. It can take time to work through longstanding issues with a therapist, though at other times some more goal focused work is needed. So I work with clients short-term, medium term and long term basis. This is something we would talk about in our first meeting together.
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked for many years in business management in the corporate sector. Since qualifying I have gained several years experience working as a Counselling Service Manager and Clinical Supervisor alongside my private practice. I also have experience of delivering workshops.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
I am actively committed to continuing professional development to ensure that I keep up to date with best practice. This involves participating in additional training courses and workshops.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Fees are £50 per session. I have some lower fee slots so please ask me about this when you contact me.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and we will normally meet at the same time, on the same day every week. I offer both daytime and evening sessions.
My practice is centrally located but in a warm, quiet setting, 3 minutes from South Woodford tube station on the central line. There are also excellent transport links via the jubilee and district lines, DLR and overland rail services.
I also have 4 years' experience of providing 1:1 and group supervision and have supervision slots currently available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have daytime and evening availability.
I also have availability for private clinical supervision.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a supervisor my aim is to create a safe space where there is equality and mutuality and where you can reflect on your clients externally, internally and systemically.View supervision profile