Deborah Marks

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Deborah Marks

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About Me

I have worked therapeutically with children and adolescents since 2000, parents, adults and couples since 1995 in the NHS, voluntary sector and independently. I offer supervision for psychotherapists and counsellors. I have taught at Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NHS Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) since 2008. Prior to this I was course Director of the Masters in Disability Studies at Sheffield University. I have recently undertaken further studies in neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis.

Therapies offered
Counselling and psychotherapy for children and young people
Adult Psychotherapy
Couples psychotherapy
Parent Consultations

Specialist areas

Child and Adolescent work
Early therapeutic interventions for children can ensure progress through developmental milestones and prevent more intractable problems in later life. I working with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties which interfere with their capacity to play, learn and experience life to the full. I have offered consultation and therapeutic work in the following areas:

panic attacks
relationship difficulties
traumatic life events
behavioural problems
self harm
eating disorders
Parent work
I offer support to parents in improving their capacity both to parent and make sense of the difficulties faced by their children. Parent work can often have a very marked impact on helping parents to help their children manage their difficulties and improve relationships within the family.

Couples work
Sometimes small shifts can have a major impact on relationships, identifying destructive patterns and working towards more satisfying ways of relating.

Adult work
I offer brief and longer term counselling and therapy for adults.


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MACP)
Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling
PhD, Psychology (Manchester Met. University)
M. Phil, Social Anthropology (Cambridge University)

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I work with

  • Families

Special Interests

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.

Anxiety (which may also switch to depression) can often be understood as meaningful, having its roots in unconscious early experiences. Often people attempt a range of solutions to anxiety and depression which do not work and can make things worse. I offer clients compassionate understanding and work towards insight and new approaches to managing and ultimately shifting difficult feelings.
Grief can be harder to process if relationships were complicated and difficult. I work alongside clients to work through bereavement and find ways to grow and over time find new ways of managing their loss.
My work is primarily focused on helping clients improve relationships with others and with themselves. Such work may talk the form of working with an individual, a couple or parents help them to find satisfaction.
As well as my psychoanalytic training, I draw upon neuroscientific and developmental research in order to help clients recognise, come to terms with and survive experiences which were unmanageable at the time.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)

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