I'm Debs and I'm a warm and supportive individual and couples counsellor and supervisor, particularly interested in relationships, trauma, anxiety, bereavement/loss, as well as autism/Asperger's.
In full-time private practice since January 2015, I qualified and practise as a person-centred counsellor; meaning I primarily provide a space where the focus is on you – who you are and the problems you’re facing, and where you can talk openly and honestly and be really heard; I'm told sometimes for the very first time.
Working together under your direction, I trust in your capacity to know for yourself how many sessions you may want, and I’m able to offer both short and long-term counselling based upon individual needs, whether in-person, or remotely via online video or telephone.
As a professional, I’m a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), becoming Accredited in 2016 and Senior Accredited in 2021 - but just as important, as a person I am open, genuine and really down-to-earth, with a warm and welcoming approach.
Why come to counselling?
Sometimes we just know that we need someone to speak to other than a friend or family member, because what we are feeling and what’s happening in our lives feels too big to cope with or to worry a loved one with. That’s when most people consider counselling.
If you have worries that are affecting you and your daily life, then your upset is as important as anyone else’s. No issue is too small if you feel you really need to talk.
Is counselling advice?
No, counsellors aren't advisors and we can’t tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. We are merely facilitators; helping you to find your own voice to discover who you are, to cope with what you’re feeling, and to realise what you want to achieve and how you think you can do that.
What can be achieved?
Sometimes you can solve your problems and sometimes circumstances are out of your control. The level of what’s achievable is something you may want to consider, and what is achievable might not be what you expect or set out for. Sometimes, having someone who hears you and understands - who can sit with you in your distress and dilemmas, so you’re not alone - is all a person needs.
While there is much evidence to support the benefits of counselling for emotional wellbeing, when focusing on difficult issues and feelings, people can sometimes feel a little worse before they feel better, particularly in the earliest weeks. This is quite normal, and I’m attentive and aware of this as part of the process, to be the most supportive I’m able to be, as needed.
What is Online Counselling and could it be for me?
Any therapy not in-person is called online or remote counselling, and I have undertaken necessary specific training in working this way.
My approach is generally the same as when working face-to-face, however when working at a physical distance there are additional factors to take into account, including privacy and safety, which I explain at the outset. Many people like online working because it eliminates travel time, they can work from their own place of comfort, or they have disabilities or other issues that prevent or hinder attending in person. From experience, I have found that online working can be as helpful and therapeutic as in-person counselling, but it may not be suitable for everyone and some issues.
I offer video and telephone call sessions, and work either online, in-person, or in a blended way, with some clients opting for a combination of the two as a best fit week-to-week.
Training, qualifications & experience
* BACP Accredited 2016 / BACP Senior Accredited 2021
* Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
* Advanced Post Diploma Certificate - Person Centred Couples Training
* Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision
* Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (80 hours training)
Specialised counselling experience:
2 years counsellor volunteer with Incest & Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS), Nottinghamshire
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
£50 per 50 minute session (individuals)
£60 per 60 minute session (couples)
£75 (90 minutes) / £50 per hour
Please contact me if you would like to discuss the potential for us to work together. There is no obligation and you can ask me all the questions you need answering to see if I might be the right therapist for you. **Please check your junk/spam folder - I will always respond to enquiries **
Any arranged appointment that is cancelled or postponed within 24 working hours (not including weekends or bank holidays) is subject to full payment of the session fee.
Mondays & Thursdays morning & evening. Tuesdays & Wednesdays afternoon & evening.
I'm pleased to be able to offer my practice in my private garden therapy room in Wingerworth, Chesterfield; a space I've been able to personally create for clients to feel comfortable and safe in as they explore their issues.
The room has it's own separate access from a quiet cul-de-sac and benefits from on-street parking. There is one step to access the room, so it is suitable to those with limited mobility. I have toilet facilities and offer drinks.