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Deborah Wilson MSc. MBACP MBPsS

Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4SQ
07762 268532 07762 268532

About me

As a person-centered therapist, I provide a non-judgemental, safe space for clients who need to explore and talk about their feelings in a warm and supportive environment. I work with clients in the belief that they have the self-awareness to understand themselves, and that they know what issues are affecting them, and have ideas around how they want to change aspects of their life. In our sessions, I help clients to identify and express their thoughts and feelings, and explore the experiences that may influence them. We can then look at plans and strategies for managing and living with those things that cannot be changed, and for addressing the behaviour and self-beliefs that can be changed.

Having trained in integrative therapy, I use the person-centred approach as a framework for integrating aspects of other theories, such as:

  • Psychodynamic theory - how our childhoods affect our adult lives, how our unconscious thoughts and feelings can influence our actions, and how the way we learn to deal with things when we are younger stop being useful once we are living adult lives
  • Cognitive-behavioural theory - small changes in how we think about ourselves and life can help us feel better
  • Existential theory - how we feel and what we have been taught about life and death, and how that affects the way we live our lives
  • Life coaching - how to identify what you want to change in your life, and do it in a manageable and sustainable way.

I bring in ideas and themes from these theories if I feel they may be of use to a client, and if the client finds them relevant, we can use them as tools to understand and move through their issues.

As a psychologist, I integrate into our work my knowledge and experience of how we develop and form relationships based on our childhood attachments and patterns of behaviour, and how psychology and neuroscience can help us understand our selves and those close to us. I also use neuropsychology to help abused clients understand their response to trauma, their symptoms and their pathways to recovery. I bring in ideas from social, organizational, clinical and behavioural psychology where they may be of use to the client.

If you would like to find out more about the counselling I offer, please email me or give me a ring on the number above. We can discuss ways in which I can help, and arrange for a first session. This session is for you to talk through your issues, so that we can look at the way forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrated Therapy
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc. Development and Psychopathology
  • Making Life Better - life coaching (accredited by the Association for Coaching)

I support adults dealing with issues such as relationships, life direction and changes, loss and self-harming behaviours. I also work with clients who have experienced crime, trauma and abuse of all kinds.

I also work with clients living with psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress, panic attacks, depression, OCD, BDD and personality disorder.

Experience: I have over eight years' experience of supporting clients in all life issues, and those dealing with issues around sexual abuse and rape through Trust House Reading and SARC Slough. As an approved counsellor with Victims First (Thames Valley) I support people who have been victims of crime.

I have supported young people aged 14-24 at No5 Youth Counselling Service, dealing with issues such as family and relationships, self-harming and body image, abuse, life changes, choices and loss.

Member organisations


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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online counselling via video available for clients at any location.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Sessions cost £60 per hour for face-to-face sessions.

Online counselling sessions are available at £50 per hour.

Fees can be negotiated for clients on benefits or a reduced income.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Please do ask about the concession rates.

Mind Garden Therapy
56 London Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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

Mind Garden - Ground floor rooms are available, and an access ramp is available for access through the front door. As an online counsellor I am also accessible to clients who prefer to have their sessions at home.


Not currently accepting new clients

Types of client

Young people
Deborah Wilson MSc. MBACP MBPsS

Deborah Wilson MSc. MBACP MBPsS