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About me

Counselling and psychotherapy

Making the decision to seek counselling is one thing but finding the right counsellor for you, is quite another.

How can you be sure that you will feel comfortable around me, let alone open up about your deepest pain, challenges and relationships. All you have to go on is the information you are reading now and a few photographs. Perhaps a previous experience of counselling wasn’t positive and you are feeling hesitant about starting with someone new.

This is why, it is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose but it may take a little time to figure that out and that’s ok.

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Why seek counselling

Deciding to seek therapy can be a big step and perhaps a decision you have been pondering over for a while. The truth is, only you know if now is the right time. Find out what are the main reasons one might seek therapy

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I offer in person or Zoom sessions. Therapy will take place weekly at the same time and place and will last 50 minutes. The first session is a little longer (90 mins). You are welcome to contact me for a free telephone conversation to discuss what you would like to achieve from therapy.

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Meet the therapist

I have worked in Health and Fitness Education for 16 years and feel passionately about the link between mental and physical well-being. I am a registered member of the BACP and I trained with The Counselling Foundation in St. Albans. I am committed to continuous professional development and believe that we never stop learning. I have had many years of personal therapy and can speak from experience about the life changing benefits that have been brought about.

As well as working in health and fitness, I have experience in supporting patients and their families at end of life and currently work part-time in the NHS. I have a private therapy practice, working with clients who experience a number of issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, OCD, phobias, bereavement and relationship issues.

I offer long term and short term in person sessions in North Watford. I can also offer Zoom sessions. To start with, an initial appointment of 90 minutes takes place whereby we decide mutually if we could work together. All sessions thereafter are 50 minutes and at the same time weekly.

My aim as a therapist is to provide you with a non-judgemental, unconditional space whereby you can bring your whole self. Therapy can be a challenging undertaking at times but one that will enable you to understand yourself in a way that will help you to make sense of the issues that are holding you back. Asking for help in times of adversity is a sign of strength, courage and commitment to your self-worth. If it sounds like we could work together, please get in touch so that we can arrange an initial conversation.

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Where I work

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My practice

I work from a private, confidential space in the North Watford area. It’s a welcoming environment in which I hope you will feel safe to speak unreservedly. Parking is free but spaces can be limited so you may need to walk a short way to the premises. There are steps up to the front door and so not suitable for wheelchair users. I am able to offer face to face sessions during the day between the hours of 09:30- 17:00. I don’t have a waiting room facility so please only arrive a few minutes before your allocated session time.

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Online via Zoom

Thanks to Covid, many of us have become accustomed to working with Zoom and some clients even prefer it. If you require your regular sessions to be in the evening, then these will be delivered via Zoom. I can of course also offer zoom sessions during the day time if this is your preference.

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What clients have said

"I was apprehensive about counselling to start with and it was difficult at the beginning because it felt weird not really knowing anything about Deborah. Once I had got used to it though, I started to really look forward to my weekly sessions. I think I realised that it was the first time in my life I had ever truly been listened to. I learnt that I spent far too much time worrying about everyone else and not taking care of myself. Thanks so much for helping me to take better care of myself."

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"Counselling has made me realise so many things for the better. I feel that I am able to think more logically and be open about how I feel rather than hide away and not think I matter. I feel that I am more confident in myself and this has made me realise that I do matter and my opinion deserves to be heard too. Thank you for speaking with me every week, it has really helped."

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"I had such a great experience with counselling and this counsellor in particular. I have tried different counselling services and types of therapy before but this time I really felt I had the time and space to fully explore what I needed to. After this experience, I would recommend counselling to anyone considering it."

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