Deborah Spraggon Registered MBACP (Accred)
Coming to counselling for the first time can be daunting. But everyone experiences difficulties at certain points during their lives. You may be feeling stress, anxiety or panic, depression, be experiencing relationship or family issues, or have undergone 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. Asking for help with these issues 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.
As a fully Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work according to the BACP's ethical framework. I am also on the BACP's Voluntary Register.
I have experience of working in a variety of organisational settings including Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham for two years. I currently see clients in private practice, as a student counsellor in a University setting. I am also the Clinical Manager and a clinical Supervisor for an organisation which provides secondary school counselling services.
The clients that I see are from diverse ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds and are of all ages. Some of the issues I have helped clients with include obsessive compulsive disorder, anger management, work and other stress, general anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, panic attacks, relationship breakdown, life transition issues, exam and course stress, procrastination, managing self-harm and suidical thoughts. I have also worked with clients who have been diagnosed as having bi-polar disorder (sometimes still referred to as manic depression) and schizophrenia.
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked for many years in business management in the corporate sector.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Self-Care for Therapists
Surviving the Teenage Years: Adolescent Psychology
Bullying in Couple Relationship
Degree in Social Administration
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 disorder
- 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 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 am a Supervisor in training with lost cost supervision sessions available for the duration of my course (1 year)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I understand that some clients would prefer to see a counsellor outside of their working hours so I offer both day and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|