Debra Henderson, MBACP (Reg) - Level Paths Counselling, Specializing in Trauma
"Do you know who you are?
Do you know what's happened to you?
Do you want to live this way?"
Are you trying to work out what is going on in your life? Do you feel you're not sure quite who you really are? Do you want to change how you are living but don't know how? Are you hurting every day and don't know how to feel better?
Perhaps you have lived with hurt for many years because of things that happened to you a long time ago, or maybe you have just experienced something that has turned your world upside down. Perhaps you just hurt and don't really know why.
Counselling can help you understand yourself and your life better and enable you to find ways to move forward in directions that you want to go.
I have worked with clients on a wide range of issues, and I specialize in working with those who have experienced trauma.
Trauma covers a wide range of experiences. It can be described as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience; or an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. To give just a few examples, it includes experiences such as car accidents or other accidents, physical attack, bullying, rape, childhood sexual or physical abuse or neglect, some bereavements, a traumatic birth experience. Anything that you have experienced yourself or witnessed happening to another person that has felt traumatic, and perhaps where you have been in fear of being hurt or even killed.
It may have been a single event, or it may be that at some time in your life, or currently, you have lived, or are living with ongoing trauma. Perhaps you were subjected to sexual abuse as a child, or have lived in a situation of domestic abuse. You may have been given a diagnosis of PTSD or complex PTSD and experience flashback and nightmares. You may dissociate and find it hard to stay present. You may experience depression and anxiety. Trauma can express itself in a whole range of physical and emotional symptoms.
It can sometimes feel difficult to find adequate help to deal with the consequences of trauma. I can offer a safe and supportive relationship where you can begin to build trust and share, at your own pace, the painful things that may feel too hard to talk about with family or friends.
Shame is often a part of what we feel after a trauma and we can want to hide our thoughts and our feelings. I offer a place where you can say anything that you want to knowing I will not judge you or reject you.
I work with trauma in 3 stages, although these may overlap and you may not want to to complete all 3.
First we need to work on you feeling safe when you come to counselling. We will need to build a relationship of trust, getting to know each other, so you feel safe to talk. We may work with grounding techniques, relaxation and mindfulness and ways to help you stay present if you dissociate. We will explore what helps you cope with emotions that may feel frightening and overwhelming so you feel more in control. This can take some time and may be enough to make life more comfortable for you and you may choose to end your counselling here.
Trauma memory is different to ordinary memory and needs to be processed in order to make sense of it and integrate it. If we agree that further work would be useful, we will start to work on processing the trauma itself. There are a number of ways to do this and we would look at how we wanted to proceed. I would explain to you what would be involved at that point.
After this we would see what was left that was causing you difficulty and work on those issues, with the aim of you re-shaping your life to be, as much as possible, what you would like it to be.
It may feel hopeless right now and I can't undo what has happened to you as if it had never happened, but I can work with you to find greater wholeness. If hope is too hard to find I can hold it for you until you are able to hold hope for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor with 5 years experience working with clients.
Currently, I am studying for an MSc in Trauma Counselling at the University of Chester. I have completed 2yrs of modules and have my dissertation to do in 2020.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
I update my professional training continually and frequently attend counselling workshops in areas of interest. I am currently studying an MSc in Trauma Counselling to enable me to work with clients who have experienced trauma or are living with PTSD or Complex PTSD and dissociation.
I hold a DBS certificate.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work to their Ethical Framework for good practice, including attending monthly supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
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My fee is £40 per 60 min session. (Payment is in cash at the beginning of the session. Should this be difficult bank transfer arrangments can be made).
Sessions will normally take place at the same time and day weekly.
Counselling is not restricted to a minimum or maximum number of sessions.
Concessions are available for a range of circumstances. (Please contact me for further details).
The first session is 40mins and is free.
My counselling room is quiet and private and is situated in Bridgwater town centre next to Costa Coffee. It is easy to find and a short walk from Bridgwater Bus Station.
When you contact me I will give you further details about accessing my room.
Public parking is available nearby in several locations.
I have a range of days and times available.
What to do next:
If you would like to come for an initial free session phone, text or email me. I will reply as soon as I am able to do so. Please let me know whether you prefer me to reply by phone, text or email.
We will arrange a time that suits us both, usually within a week of you contacting me, and I will give you information about how to get to my counselling room.
During our time we can discuss why you would like counselling and I can tell you a little about how I work. You can ask me any questions that you might have. Together we can explore whether I might be the right counsellor for you. You do not have to decide immediately, you can go away and think about it.
If you want to work with me we will arrange our first counselling session which will usually be within a week of our intial meeting. This will be at a time that you are able to come each week.
I know contacting a counsellor can feel very scary, especially if you have never done it before, but it could be the first step to finding someone safe to talk to with the skills to help you. So I invite you to gather your courage and contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have sessons available Mon-Sat
Types of client