MSc CBP, Adv Dip. Couns, MBACP
When it comes to your emotional health and overall psychological well-being. It’s important to have a fully insured and knowledgeable professional you can turn to. Over the years, I’ve provided counselling and psychological services to clients throughout Greater Manchester and North Wales. My expertise covers a broad spectrum of mental health services, and I’m happy to share my experience and qualifications.
I have had an enhanced check and assessment by the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) as being suitable to work with vulnerable adults. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and attend monthly supervision to ensure I not only carry out my work ethically but provide a service that is in the best interest for clients. As a member of the BACP, I attend Continued Professional Development (CPD) to ensure that I am up to date with current research and fully informed, to ensure that my clients gain full benefit from my support.
I hold an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (University of Salford) and an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (The Manchester College). Below describes all my specialised areas and examples of work:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
NHS North West Eating Disorders Service providing community -based outpatient treatment. I applied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Enhanced (CBT-E) to aid recovery for clients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Each week, the aim was for clients to move closer towards their recovery. Therapy may involve maintaining a food intake diary, identifying problems areas and applying strategies to alter food habits.
Rape & Sexual Abuse Counsellor
Trauma-focused support carried out in an extremely sensitive manner. Allowing clients to feel comfortable and safe was paramount. Like all therapy I provide, it is done so without judgements and in strict confidence. Working towards accepting the painful past and learning how to move forward in life.
Substance Misuse Counsellor
Clients were referred via self-referral, General Practitioners or other related services. The Person-centred model was applied to clients who have experienced past or current difficulties with drug and/or alcohol abuse. Therapy also provided support for friends and family members. Sessions involved understanding how substances play a part in your past or current issues and how you can manage this in order to work towards the life you hope for.
I am currently working as a Step 3 Psychological Therapist for NHS Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust. This is an IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) that aims to provide evidence-based psychological support for anxiety and depression disorders.
NHS Wales Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board Talking Therapies service offering short-term therapy for clients presenting with anxiety and/or depression issues. I listen and may suggest strategies for resolving your issues. This may include assisting clients in altering their attitudes and behaviour. Sessions look at how unhelpful behaviours can contribute to problematic experiences, therefore, clients may be required to actively take part in altering unhelpful thoughts or behaviours to aid recovery.
"Thank you so much for all of your help. You have been such a great support and have never given up on me. You're always so positive and try your best in every session - it means a lot to have had you trying to get me better and move forward in life"
"I wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help and not giving up on me. I am so grateful"
"Debra, thank you so much for all the talks we have had. You have helped me to have more of an understanding for things in my life"