About me

As a qualified and experienced Relationship Psychotherapist I specialise in working with adult individuals, couples, families, LGBT and young people to help improve relationships. I conduct a confidential practice adhering to guidelines governed by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

If you are struggling with a difficult relationship, or your relationship is impacting on other areas of your life, I can provide a non-judgemental, supportive and safe environment to explore ways of improving relationships in order to enhance your well being. The first step would be to contact me so we can set up an initial appointment. During this appointment we will discuss what you would like to get out of the sessions. If you decide you would like to book a further appointment then we can arrange this on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Accessing therapy can be challenging and frightening, however, it can also be motivational, empowering and exciting. You can attend the sessions on your own, with your partner, or other family member(s).

My Psychotherapy training involved studying different systemic theories and psychodynamic ideas. I use collective skills, experience and expertise to work with the issues you bring. My approach is collaborative which means I work with you, and together we aim to find a solution which works well with your personal model.

If you feel communication has broken down in your relationship, you or your partner is having an affair, you feel trapped and unsure how to instigate change, your personal relationship is impacting on work life or friendships, or your relationship is in jeopardy because of other influences such as COVID-19, then relationship Psychotherapy can help clarify thoughts and behaviours to enable positive change to happen.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside my private practice, I also work for RELATE and I completed my Masters Degree in Relationship Psychotherapy through RELATE.

I also have experience as a volunteer with the Samaritans.

Other training programmes I have completed include:-

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Young People, Counselling with a Sexual Focus, Treating Generalised Anxiety Disorders, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Understanding and Recognising Sex Addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): a CBT Approach, Working with Trans-identified People, Deconstructing Shame and Guilt, Working with Depression and Suicidality, Mental Health Awareness, Children Living with Domestic Violence and Abuse, Making Anger Your Friend, Domestic Violence and Abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Relationships, Working with Binge Eating and Emotional Overeating, Teenage Relationship Abuse, Safeguarding Women and Girls at Risk of or Living with FGM, Suicidal Risk and Support.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Marital problems

Breakdown of communication

Boundaries within the relationship


Child/family relationship issues


Child birth/parenting

Loss of trust



Mid-life crisis

Coercive control

Lack of intimacy in relationsip

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Additional information

£50.00 per 1 hour appointment.


I offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments to fit in with your availability.

Further information

If you wish to contact me to discuss and/or book an appointment please use the contact details provided and I will endeavour to get back to you at my earliest opportunity.

Linskill Centre offers free parking for visitors to the centre.  Face coverings are essential when entering and leaving the premises.

Linskill Centre
North Shields
Tyne And Wear
NE30 2AY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I also offer telephone and Zoom appointments.

Deby Mitchell

Deby Mitchell