Counsellor for Adults, Children, Adolescents and
Young People
Clinical Supervision

QUALIFIED COUNSELLOR
MBACP
SUPERVISOR

I am committed to providing client-centred support that gradually empowers individuals and enables them to make informed decisions.

About me

ABOUT ME & MY THERAPY PRACTICE
I am a qualified counsellor and supervisor with experience and training of working with adults, children and young people. I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I am bound by its code of ethics and practice.

I am person centred trained, but like to think of myself as an integrative therapist, as I am always led by the individual needs of my clients. I provide short and long term counselling with adults, children and young people. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work in both the private and voluntary sectors working within established, nationally and regionally recognised counselling services with both adults and children. I acknowledge and appreciate the differences in each individual and welcome people from all walks of life.

I have worked in numerous areas, including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • bereavement
  • relationship issues
  • self-harm
  • abuse
  • trauma
  • gender

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PG Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Children
  • Training in:
    • Anxiety
    • Gender Diversity with Young People
    • Play Therapy
    • Trauma and Attachment
    • Understanding Self-Harm

FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION

It is important that you find the right therapist for you and that you feel comfortable and at ease.  I offer a FREE initial 30 minute consultation by telephone or online, so that we have the opportunity to discuss your issue, ask some questions and see if you feel I am the right therapist for you.  There is NO OBLIGATION and you do not have to decide immediately if you wish to proceed.  Sometimes it takes time to make these kinds of decisions, and sometimes you may know immediately.

 

Adults

Counselling provides the opportunity to talk about things that are of concern, in confidence, with a qualified Counsellor. What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, relationships, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events. My aim is to help you make sense of life experiences or issues through verbal communication.

I am a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am bound by its code of ethics and practice subject to its complaint procedure. I am trained to listen without judging and to help individuals sort out their thoughts and feelings about whatever is concerning them.

I am committed to providing a safe, therapeutic environment for my clients, and what we discuss during your counselling session is confidential.

I am person-centred trained but use an integrated approach depending on the individual needs of each client.

These can include anxiety 

  • depression
  • stress
  • bereavement
  • relationship issues
  • self-harm
  • abuse
  • trauma
  • gender

All information and notes about the counselling work undertaken is kept in a secure record keeping system, in line with current data protection regulations, which can only be accessed by myself.

Adults
Sessions will be 50-60 minutes weekly (unless otherwise agreed). The fee for the session is £40; this will be paid at the end of each session. We will meet on a session by session basis. If you wish to cease the counselling, you may do so at any time but I do ask that we discuss this and have at least one session in which we can take time and space to review our work and have a healthy ending.

I require a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling of a session otherwise you will be charged.

I will not work with a client if they are under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances.

Children & Young People

My aim is to help your child make sense of life experiences or issues through talking or through creative play or art. Playing and art are natural ways of communicating and children can explore feelings and issues that they find difficult to express in other ways. What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events.

The goal of the sessions are for your child to be more able to cope with how they are feeling, help them develop insight, emotional intelligence and above all confidence. I believe that through these sessions it will give your child an opportunity to build a relationship with myself, which will help promote positive change in them and enable them to help themselves.

I will communicate with you frequently to reassess the progress of your child. If at any point I feel that your child would benefit from other forms of help, I will not hesitate to let you know. Few of us are able to work well when we are stressed or unhappy. The impact of distressing or difficult situations can be felt even more acutely by children and young people than by adults. My experience is that young people find counselling useful in the same way as adults. My experience is that if young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential moving forward. Counselling may be for a few sessions or longer term, each session lasting no more than 45 minutes.

Just because your child is accessing counselling does not mean that you have failed as a parent/ guardian. We all experience occasions when it feels too hard to speak to those closest to us about things which are bothering us. Often this can be because we don’t want to worry those we love most, or because we want help thinking things through with someone unbiased. I will not be judging you or your child, but looking to help them find their way through whatever is troubling to them.

An essential feature of counselling is that the information disclosed is treated confidentially. It enables the young person to open up and share feelings without fear or blame or reprisals. It is also a time when it is acceptable to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. I acknowledge that this isn’t an easy situation for parents, and it is quite natural for you to feel anxious about what may be said in the sessions, but ensuring the confidentiality of the work is crucial for establishing trust so that the young person feels confident to speak openly and freely about what is concerning them. A young person’s right to privacy and confidentiality is legally established in the Human Rights Act 1998, article 8

My experience shows that the most helpful thing a parent can do is to show an acceptance of counselling as a normal and useful activity, and to show an interest if their son/ daughter wishes to talk about it, but not to press them if they don’t. There are occasions where it may be helpful and necessary for parents or other family members to be brought into the counselling sessions. This is sometimes not only helpful but extremely successful if done at the right time during counselling.

All information and notes about the counselling work undertaken is kept in a secure record keeping system, in line with current data protection regulations, which can only be accessed by myself.

Children & Young People
Sessions will be up to 45 minutes weekly (unless otherwise agreed). The fee for the session is £40; this will be paid at the end of each session. We will meet on a session by session basis. If you wish to cease the counselling, you may do so at any time but I do ask that at least one session after this be deemed important and necessary in order to have a proper ending. I require a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling of a session otherwise you will be charged.

Clinical Supervision

I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor, able to work with supervisees seeing adults, adolescents and children. I supervise trainee counsellors, qualified counsellors and other professionals in helping professions, either in groups or for individuals. I am person centred trained but have an integrative approach and work within the “seven-eyed model” of supervision helping focus on acquisition of knowledge, conceptualisation, and skills within the defined scope of practice and to ensure an understanding of ethics, codes, rules, regulations, standards, guidelines and seek to support a creative, safe space to support learning and development. My aim as a supervisor is to help you to grow your professional confidence, broaden your skill set, and to equip you to help your clients.

As a supervisor I work to

  • maintain or enhance the professional skills, knowledge and attitudes of supervisees.
  • develop the ability to conceptualise clinical material and apply appropriate interventions.
  • Identify and manage transference and counter transference issues.
  • hold awareness of ethical and professional standards enhance analytical skills, creativity, self-awareness, confidence and competence.
  • clarify roles, responsibilities and boundary issues
  • Identify professional strengths, wellness and training
    needs
  • I work within the professional framework of the BACP

Clinical Supervision
Sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes as required. The fee is £40 per hour; this will be paid on a session by session basis.   
I require a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling of a session otherwise you will be charged.

Contact information

I deliver therapy through face-to-face & remote online or telephone counselling. Due to COVID 19 I am only offering remote counselling at the moment either through video calls or telephone.

Please contact me by phone or email to enquire, book an appointment or to simply chat in a safe environment.

E-MAIL
debbie@dmtherapy.co.uk

    Resources

    here are some useful links & info that may be of interest

    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/

    https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/newsbeat-52411394

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/newsbeat-52411394

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