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Deborah Spratling BSc (Hons) UKCP Reg. MBACP

Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AE
07565 506906 Registered / Accredited
Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AE

About me

Counselling may feel a daunting process. As a counsellor I aim to offer an empathic, non judgemental and compassionate space for clients to talk about any issues that are worrying and painful and may feel difficult or embarrassing to voice after having held onto them, sometimes for years, which often leads to more distress, generalised anxiety and stress.

From an early age, our difficult experiences and relationships affect our ability as human beings to live our lives fully and manage painful thoughts, feelings and emotions. If we are not encouraged in our early lives to voice how we feel and we learn to suppress our emotions this may later lead to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, illness, aches and pains or reliance on alcohol, food, sex or other compulsive behaviours.

From my own personal experience and in working across the generations for several years, I believe our early relationships are very significant to us and affect us throughout our lives in the ways we relate to others and how we view ourselves and our abilities. The critical and self-defeating mindsets we may have as adults are often established in our early lives and affect our ability to be emotionally balanced, overcome fears of rejection, handle challenges in life and find happiness in our lives and relationships. There is an understanding now that our mental health is influenced from our conception and significantly in our early years depending on the adverse childhood experiences (ACES) we face. This can also impact upon us intergenerationally and affects our ability to successfully parent and nurture our own children.


Young People

In working with young people, I aim to provide a safe and supportive space for them to express how they feel with regards difficulties and challenges in their lives including abuse, illness and death, relationship issues either with family or friends, pressures of school, bullying and present cultural norms including issues around social media. I enable young people to express and voice their thoughts and feelings naturally, through play and creative therapies. With extensive training in working with children and young people and their development, I understand how many of these issues are traumatic for a young person. These affect a child's developing brain and their ability to understand and manage their emotions and they may develop behaviours that range from anger, aggression, relationship issues at school or home, low self-esteem, physical symptoms, sleep and eating issues, anxiety, depression or self-harm.


How Counselling Can Help

Although I have been trained in many theories of counselling such as Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic, I work with my clients to understand and define what they presently need to help them live their lives more successfully, whether that be overcoming their doubts and insecurities, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation or relationship issues. I also now integrate Positive Psychology and Therapeutic Coaching into therapy sessions.

I offer traditional talking therapy but also may suggest working Creatively with art, clay or Sand Tray therapy or Mindfulness based approaches such as visualisations or breathing techniques for practise outside of therapy.

What To Expect In Your First Session

In the initial appointment we discuss what you would like to look at in counselling and a general overview of what life is like for you. If you feel you would like to work with me, we can then agree a regular time for appointments which we review after 6 weeks in which you decide if you would like to continue with longer term therapy. Clients I work with sometimes talk about a specific incident or relationship which may only need short term counselling or a history of relational issues, abuse or trauma which takes us into much longer term therapy. Please contact me for any further details.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Middlesex University

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Matrix College

Post Grad Certificate in Person Centred Counselling. University of East Anglia (UEA)

Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents. Stonebridge College

Diploma in Child Psychology. Stonebridge College

Certificate in Creative Therapies (Art and Sand Tray Therapy) with Children, Adolescents, Adults

Certified Trainer Intensive Course in The Nurtured Heart Approach

Couples Counselling Certificate

Mindfulness Diploma. Centre of Excellence

Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Neuroscience Training. National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine

MBSR Certificate (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

LGBT Awareness Training.

Perinatal Mental Health. Warwick University

Neuro Linguistic Programming                                                                                                    

Trauma Training. National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine.

Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Diploma

Integrative Supervision

I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and am DBS/Safeguarding checked with an enhanced certificate.

I have been awarded the UKCP Child and Adolescent Proficiency Marker to acknowledge the suitability of my training and experience.

I have also attended many other trainings to further my professional knowledge and to practice ethically in working with mental and emotional health with adolescents and adults including attachment and developmental trauma, all forms of abuse, self harm, eating disorders and dissociation. I have trained at The Centre for Child Mental Health in London with trainers considered thought leaders in the therapeutic world, including Daniel Siegel, Bessel van Der Kolk, Sir Richard Bowlby, Bruce Perry, Dan Hughes and Antonio Damasio.

I have worked with children, adolescents and adults for local and national charities, in schools and colleges, children's homes and in Sure Start/Children's Centres.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Individuals   £45 per 60 minute session

Payment is made at the end of each session by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

10 Princes Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR3 1AE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Monday to Thursdays 10 am to 7.30 pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Supervision

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