Debra Green Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapist MNCS Accred, Reg. MBACP
Deciding on counselling can be a life changing decision, not an easy one to take and one that takes a certain amount of courage. As an experienced, qualified and professional psychotherapist and counsellor based in Southsea and Fareham, I can help and support you with whatever is troubling you and has drawn you to consider having some counselling in the first place.
I can understand how hard it might be to let the unspoken thoughts and feelings that you have been having become spoken, how scary this might be and perhaps the idea of this leaves you feeling vulnerable. Do you feel that you are never really yourself, that the real you is guarded and hiding. That sometimes pretending to be who you are not can really take its toll on you and leave you feeling sad drained and exhausted.
Sometimes we can become upset about the way we behave - the things we say and do can hurt others and hurt ourselves. Sometimes we may get angry with ourselves over how we react to situations.
Sharing how you are feeling and thinking in counselling about your ingrained behaviours and negative thought patterns can feel like lifting a weight off your shoulders.
I offer support to individuals, couples and young people (over 13 years)
I have found with my clients that by being in a safe and non-judgemental environment that this can help so much in working though the things that have been holding you back in life. You will leave therapy with renewed energy, more self confidence and more purpose in life
I can't list all of the areas/issues that people have come to see me for help with, but here are some of them:
- relationship issues
- affairs and betrayals
- general anxiety disorder (GAD)
- family issues
- feeling sad
- separation and divorce
- low self esteem / lack of confidence
- drug and alcohol dependency - substance misuse and addictions
- suicidal thoughts,
- anger management
- work related stress
- gender issues,
- parenting worries including post natal depression
- abuse - all forms, including (but not limited to) physical, psychological, emotional and sexual
If what you are struggling with isn't listed above then don't worry I can still help you - give me a call or drop me an email to let me know how things are for you.
You may question that you shouldn't come for counselling, that perhaps you dont deserve it, that the cost is too much, that you should just get on with it as everyone else seems to cope, or maybe that you should be able to talk things through with family and friends - I know from experience that this can be of great support at times, but doesn't always work out and can sometimes leave you feeling worse.
Maybe now is right for some 'me' time, having some space just for you.
Counselling with me is confidential, safe and supportive. You can say whatever you like, you wont shock me and I will not judge you - whatever you bring to counselling and whoever you are is ok with me - really it is. It may take a while for you to trust me, as trusting people and relationships could be a difficulty for you - we can work on this together and you will find that after counselling with me you may feel ready to embark on new relationships with a more open and trusting approach.
I work from my warm and relaxed private practices, either in Southsea or Fareham. Neither have disabled access being on the 1st floor.
Your first session will be organised around your work/life schedule such that you can relax and really use your time with me to explore whatever is going on for you - in your own way and in your own time.
If at the end of your session you decide you would like to come for more sessions then we can organise this to suit availability - I do recommend that sessions are weekly as this keeps up the momentum of your conscious and unconscious processes that will be triggered by the counselling work.
You can come for as long or as short a time as you like - we will work in an open ended way as I believe you will know when it is time to finish your counselling with me.
We can talk about whether we both feel that counselling will be of benefit at your first session. I will not encourage you to come for counselling if I don't believe that I can help you.
I have been a professional person-centred counsellor for many years and was initially drawn to becoming a counsellor by my life experiences with mental health and disabilities. I saw first hand the power of the therapeutic relationship and decided that I wanted to train and be able to offer people a place where they could come and just be themselves and talk through whatever was troubling them.
I have experience as a primary mental health worker attached to CAMHs, working with disabled people with the Cheshire foundation, as a school counsellor working for childrens services in Winchester, as an associate counsellor at Portsmouth university and as a volunteer counsellor at Portsmouth counselling services.
I have worked in private practice now for approx. 9 years with young people, adults and couples.
I work in local primary and secondary schools with 4-16 year olds.
I have also worked as a counsellor on a substance misuse support programme at Portsmouth counselling service offering time limited counselling support to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Having worked previously for many years in industry I'm well aware of the great stresses and strains that people can go through during their working career
Counselling in Fareham, Southsea, Portsmouth, Gosport, Wickham, Cosham, Denmead, East Southampton and Hampshire
Training, qualifications & experience
As a professional, qualified counsellor I am registered as a full member of the BACP (MBACP) and adhere to their code of ethics and practice, I'm fully insured and hold an enhanced CRB check. I also undertake monthly supervision to ensure that I fully meet the BACP requirements for a practising counsellor and to ensure that I am fit to practice.
My qualifications and experience:
Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred)
Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - MBACP
Certificate of Proficiency - BACP.
Registered member on the NCS and BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (level 5)
NCFE Certificates level 2 and 3 in Counselling
BSc (Hons) Chemistry CChem MRSC (Chartered Chemist)
Fully qualified person centred counsellor
Teaching certificate PTTLs
Volunteer counsellor with Portsmouth Counselling Service
School Counsellor 4-16 year olds inc. child centred play and art therapy - ongoing 10 years
Running workshops on Mindfulness, personal self development and awareness, listening skills- please contact me for further details
Lecturer on levels 2 and 3 counselling skills
Working with substance abuse (drug and alcohol addictions)
Volunteer associate counsellor Portsmouth University (2 years)
Primary mental health worker (attached to CAMHS/BESTeam) (2.5 years)
Volunteer counsellor on placement with the behaviour in education support team (2 years)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Thinking of becoming a counsellor? Please visit Fareham College website and click on the part-time prospectus. I shall be running Levels 2 and 3 awards in counselling from this January, April and September.
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Fees are charged at the following rates per 50 minute session:
Southsea - £45 for individuals, £60 for couple counseling
Fareham - £45 for individuals, £60 for couple counselling
Please contact me to discuss home counselling and online services.
Where I am
I'm based at West Street Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre in Fareham (PO16 0BG) and also at AristiA in Albert Road, Southsea on a Thursday / Friday
Both offer a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
I can also visit you at home for your sessions if for any reason coming to Fareham or Southsea is difficult for you. Please contact me to discuss.
Both the centre and AristiA are well served by buses. If you are driving then there is plenty of parking available in nearby roads and car parks.
Unfortunately neither the centre nor AristiA have wheelchair access and are located on the 1st floor via a flight of stairs.
If you have any special requirements then please do let me know
I aim to respond to any calls or emails within 24 hours. Urgent appointments are available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments are available: Mon, Weds, Thurs and Friday days & evenings. Weekend appointments (day & eve). Counsellling sessions can also be arranged at your home/office.
Types of client
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