Hi I’m Deborah I am a qualified counsellor and an Individual Member of the BACP. I offer a welcoming approach and place clients at ease quickly enabling them to get the most from their sessions . I understand that seeking counselling can be a difficult step so I make the process as easy as I can for clients .After seeing first hand how counselling can improve people’s lives I’m excited to work with new clients . My aim is to help clients achieve positive steps forward . This may mean feeling peaceful,less anxious , dealing with work or family issues ,finding courage to make a change ,bereavement work ,the list is endless and I am guided by what the client wishes to achieve. Everyone deserves to live a happy and fulfilled life .
After working in corporate management and then for an Emergency Service I saw at first hand the stress and anxiety that people experience in the workplace . This triggered my interest in counselling and mental health . I was then treated for cancer and received so much help and support to get through treatment and recovery often from people who were previously strangers . This showed me the amazing skills and empathy that we have as human beings and how we can help others . As a result when I recovered
I was determined to train in a profession where I could help others and I chose counselling.
Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?
There are so many ways to help people and it is important to keep an open mind and use whatever tools we have in our toolkit to help clients . Counselling is not a one size fits all process and using Integrative Therapy allows us to be flexible and adaptive in order to help our clients.
How would you describe your therapy session & approach?
I believe it’s so important for the client to feel relaxed and for me to listen closely to what the client is trying to tell me . Without judgment I stay with the client as they tell me their story . This can take time and I go at the client’s pace . I check with the client to ensure that I have fully understood them
. After this initial phase I can work with the client to discover which way they wish to go . We may look at common themes that are occurring , maybe look to see if the client has a certain way of responding to situations - a way that is rooted in the past and not the present . We may find the client is finding it difficult to change things and explore why . There are infinite paths that we may explore until we find the right one . My approach is integrative and I work side by side with my client rather than taking the lead or giving advice because the client knows themselves better than anyone . I frame my work using modalities which I feel may be helpful. Most of all I provide a gentle ,kind and welcoming space for my clients to be themselves.
What are your Top 3 professional achievements so far?
Gaining my counselling diploma despite a global pandemic.
Working at a Macmillan Therapy Centre
Seeing the positive improvements in my clients .