Hello my name is Debbie and I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I will support you to explore your concerns, help you find new ways of dealing with your problems, make different life choices, and find a way forward. I will work with you to resolve existing or historic difficulties by exploring conscious thoughts & feelings, but also those you may not be fully aware of, which might be impacting your life.
I am a Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. TA is a form of psychotherapy which focuses on relationships and communication both in the real world and within the therapy sessions. The key philosophical assumptions of TA are People are okay – this means that each of us has worth, value, and dignity as a human being. This principle carries itself directly into the therapeutic relationship. We are both equal and we share the responsibility of working on your goals. To make sure we are aligned we will have a clear agreement stating the goal of the therapy taking place. Everyone has the capacity to think – therefore we have all got the capacity to work out what we want and how to get there. My job is not to tell you what to do or think, but to guide and support you on your journey of self-reflection, help resolve any confusion you may experience on the way so that you can decide what is right for you. People decide their own destiny - based on early life experiences and beliefs they form about themselves. However, its within our power to change those decisions and in doing so change our destiny and reach our goals. In therapy we can explore the fixed beliefs you may hold about yourself and how they may have created barriers to you living the life you would like to live. We will challenge those beliefs and in doing so hopefully create new beliefs that will help rather than hinder you.
I am qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at the Metanoia Institute. I am also in advanced training to complete a Masters degree in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. I have worked for the last two years at mental health charities in West London where I have worked with a variety of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Prior to training as a Psychotherapist I spent 30 years in a career in business & finance. I am therefore aware of the challenges and stress of the workplace and the difficulty of balancing work and home life. My prior experience has also made me aware of the need to keep therapy focused, goal orientated and practical.