Deborah Winterbourne MSc BSc MA LLM LLB Couples Counsellor
I am an experienced and professionally qualified psychotherapist registered with UKCP. My speciality is couples counselling and I run a business jointly with my partner, Simon Adamson, called 'Complete Couples'. We offer a confidential service providing you and your partner with a safe and empathic space to assist you in exploring the difficult issues within your relationship, whatever your age, race, or sexual orientation.
We also offer individual sessions to clients covering a wide range of areas including: relationship issues; work difficulties; depression; bereavement, stress; anxiety; eating disorders; addictions; sexuality; domestic violence and low self esteem.
Our couples services include individually tailored sessions, regular relationship maintenance sessions and relationship improvement programmes.We can help you in a variety of ways:
Realise why you chose your particular partner;
See the problems in your relationship as an opportunity for greater understanding;
Learn how to communicate with your partner effectively to create curiosity and support rather than conflict;
Understand how the differences between you and your partner are showing you how to become a more whole person;
Identify the strengths in your relationship;
Improve your relationship by gaining insight and awareness into your problem areas.
Understand why an affair happened;
Help you to separate with grace and integrity if this is the most appropriate path for you.
Simon and I also teach regular courses on improving couple relationships at City Lit adult education college in central London. We also teach counsellors in counselling organisations how to work with couples counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold five degrees including a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy (MSC) and a degree in psychology (BSc).
I am also registered as a member with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
I am also a qualified Imago Relationship Therapist and have also completed training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
One hour couple session: £95
Ninety minute couple session: £135
One hour individual session: £75
Please call or visit our website for other session options
'50% of separated people said they felt there were things they could have done to prevent their breakup and wished theyd done more'
DCSF Support for All (Government Green Paper) Jan 2010
Are you unhappy with your relationship?
Do you sometimes think that you've chosen the wrong partner?
Do you find the same old conflicts repeating themselves time after time?
Do you despair of the communication in your relationship?
Do you fear that you've fallen out of love with your partner?
Have you given up hope of finding the deep and meaningful connection with your partner that you want?
Are you holding resentments and anger against your partner?
Have you already read loads of relationship books and still not found a solution?
Has your sex life become boring or non-existent?
Are you fantasising about or having affairs with others?
Do you get confused about your role as a man or a woman in the modern age?
It's perfectly normal for such questions (and many more) to arise within any romantic relationship. It's also understandable why couples avoid discussing them; after all its not easy! As an individual in relationship, you might feel alone and distant from your partner if issues remain unresolved. Counselling can help you to work through issues together and re-connect.