Debra Jane Atkins MBACP Accred (Advanced Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Debra Jane Atkins MBACP Accred (Advanced Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy)


01208 895657 / 07834 370331

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About me

I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist with over 25 years post-qualifying experience, working with Adults and young people.

I have worked in clinical settings, including CAMHS and the NHS, as well as statutory services including Cornwall, Devon and Bristol Avon North Somerset Local Authorities. I have worked with young people in Schools, Colleges, Crown Courts, and as an advocate within the criminal justice system.

My background is both in Mental Health and Safeguarding, and I specialise in helping young people and adults make sense of how early trauma and childhood experiences can impact on current difficulties, such as re-current depression and anxiety, or destructive cycles of addiction and insecure personal relationships.

I have extensive experience of young people's mental health and wellbeing, including issues of self harm and self-esteem.I have worked with looked-after children, children in Care and adoption issues.

I am an Accredited member of BACP and abide by the code of professional conduct and ethics. I work within Data protection guidelines and my practice is confidential and supervised.

My practice is fully inclusive and we share all decision making.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications include:

  • Mental Health studies in Therapeutic Communities (4-year scholarship, Richmond Fellowship 1985)
  • Certificate in Counselling (RSA 1990)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Iron-Mill 1992)
  • Certificate in Supervision (Iron-mill 1993)
  • NVQ5 Diploma level in Management Social Care (Edexcel / Truro college 2004
  • Certificate of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (Severnside Institute Bristol 2006)
  • Certificate DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Manchester 2017)

Continual Professional Development (during the last 2 years)

  • Child protection children and young people (yearly and fully up to date)
  • Working with vulnerable Adults (yearly and fully up to date)
  • Multi-agency Child Protection Training and delivering Training
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Pro social Development
  • Attachment theory
  • Adolescent process
  • Art and music therapies
  • Managing risk, suicide and self harm
  • Applied Suicide intervention skills (ASSIST)
  • Transference and counter-transference within the therapeutic relationship

Member organisations

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Areas of counselling I deal with


        Assessment session: £30

        Assessment is 30 minutes and includes history taking and discussion on risk and self help, it gives us an opportunity to think together about whats troubling you and an opportunity to discuss if we wish to work together going forwards, and/or sign-posting to other services.

        Subsequent sessions: £50 negotiable for concessions (students and low incomes).

        Please telephone or email me to discuss the type of support you are looking for.

        Parents and young person sessions are also available.

        Further information

        How can I contact you?

        You can telephone on 01208 895657

        Text to 07834 370331

        Or you can email me at

        Maps & Directions

        Wadebridge, PL27

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair user access:


        Weekdays and early evenings

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme