Hello, I'm Debbie and a warm welcome to
North Star Psychotherapy.
I came to counselling later in life, having built on my own personal life experiences, knowledge and skills through raising my family, and in a career in Education. I developed an interest in counselling, and decided to train as a therapist following a major re-evaluation of my own life, having sought counselling myself, to help me to unravel some difficulties that I had been experiencing.
I want to pursue my deep interest in talking therapy and my wholehearted belief in the benefits that a one-to-one therapeutic relationship can provide a restorative emotional experience. It is my aim to draw on all of my knowledge to create a unique therapeutic relationship with each person.
Having benefitted from my own personal therapy, allows me to understand exactly how it is, to sit in my clients shoes. My clients describe me as warm and approachable, swiftly able to tune into their needs, and reassuring that the process of reaching out for help need not be fearful, but both illuminating and supportive.
Sessions are held in a professionally-dedicated building adjacent to my home in a small and tranquil rural village in the Tyne valley.
Training, Qualifications & Experience.
UKCP accredited & registered
Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (distinction)
Certificate in Couples Counselling
I am accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This is a mark of quality, high standards of training, and of Professional and Ethical practice.
I work within the Code of Ethics of the governing bodies
of the UKCP and BACP.
I hold an enhanced DBS Check and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am committed to, and welcome my continuing professional development, and opportunities to pursue particular areas of interest within my profession.
I regularly attend professional conferences and training to expand on my skills, deepen my understanding and increase my therapeutic skills.
My training was undertaken at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in Newcastle which has been training Counselling and Psychotherapy for 30 years and is renowned for its in-depth and rigorous training programs.
I have gained experience working in:
NHS Primary Care (within GP surgeries)
WHAC (Women's Health Care Centre)