Debbie works holistically using an integrated humanistic model of therapy which emphasises people’s potential. Transpersonal psychotherapy embraces the psychodynamic theories and blends them with the existential, Jungian, object relations and attachment theories. Debbie's work with eating disorders, and training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), influence her core work. These tools give a dimensional and relational approach to the therapy because Debbie is able to work with the needs of her clients to bring the blend of therapies that best meet her client's needs. Debbie adjusts her sessions and processes to work with short-term goal-orientated therapy and longer-term individuation and integration work. Issues include:
Anxiety including generalised anxiety and panic disorder and distress
Bereavement; loss and grief
Relationship issues (among family, friends, colleagues, partners) affairs, betrayals, separation and divorce
Workplace and job issues ( e.g., stress or bullying and development, etc)
Troubling past/childhood experiences
Work/life balance and dissatisfaction concerns
Dread and fear
Sleep, diet and more
EATING DISORDERS: Alongside her general practice Debbie specialised in eating disorders. She offers triage, assessment, treatment and reporting when requested. Debbie is a registered practitioner with the National Centre for Eating Disorders and is a Master Practitioner. Her work with eating disorders incorporates Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, obesity, compulsive eating and eating distress (including weight loss and shape concerns).
AUTISM: Debbie has worked with complex adult clients and over the last 20 years has begun to recognise some of that complexity is how autism presents within the psychotherapeutic relationship. She has endeavoured to adapt therapy to work with autistic people to support their well-being and is currently doing a PhD to research this more closely. Whilst Debbie does not do assessment she works with NHS colleagues and private individuals who can offer this service. Alternatively, assessment is available by referral through your GP.
Debbie works with adults, parents and young people (17+) presenting with general psychotherapeutic issues and more specialist areas like eating disorders and autism/autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Debbie holds clinics on Thursdays and Fridays in Finchampstead, Wokingham close to Reading, Camberley and Basingstoke.
This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.
Appointments are held in a quiet ground floor room in Finchampstead (in line with government guidance this is not currently an option) and online. Debbie's role is to facilitate your sessions in ways that respect your values, personal resources and capacity for choice. She provides a safe, confidential space and works within a clear therapeutic contract. You can self-refer for appointments and Debbie works with most health insurance providers with treatment authorisation. Please contact Debbie on 07740 587822 or visit her website for further information.
Debbie established her private practice in 2001, worked in the NHS for 15 years and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor (Humanistic). She has a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (2004), is a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity (2001, 2012), has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2003), and is a UKCP Supervisor (2016). Debbie studied CBT with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and engages in ongoing continuous professional development. Her work developing psychotherapeutic strategies for working with autistic clients in psychotherapy has led to her PhD studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. Debbie is committed to her growth and development and the nourishment that this brings to her work.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.