I've worked with some amazing people throughout my career and I take a great deal of pride and personal satisfaction from guiding them through their issues, and helping where I can. Here's just a sample of their comments about the work we have done together...
I guess we all have difficulties in our lives from time to time and when mine started to get the better of me, I took the uncomfortable step of arranging an appointment with a counsellor. As someone who generally focuses on the needs of others, keeping my problems to myself, this did not come naturally to me at all.
However, I felt at ease with Debbie very quickly and our conversations took me on an important journey which has helped me make sense of my life and better understand the issues I face. In a short time, I have been able to make positive changes that have helped me and my family to function better and feel happier. For that, I am immensely grateful.
I encourage you, if you are struggling with personal issues, to reach out to Debbie and put your trust in the process. Talking about things with someone impartial and caring really helped me. Maybe it will help you too.
I received an imense amount of support and guidance through, what I have certainly found to be, one of the hardest things to happen to me in my life.
From my first session With Debbie, I felt completely at ease and very able to communicate with her on an extremely personal level. I was very taken aback by the amount I learned about myself through the positive counselling I received. I found I was capable to express who I really am and what I really thought without having any feeling of being judged. The experience for me was definitely enlightening and I admired Debbie's honesty when it was needed. I would definitely not have been able to find my way through my depression without having such an understanding counsellor. I would recommend Debbie to anyone appreciates the hard work and honesty that is needed for counselling. I received an imense amount of support and guidance through, what I have certainly found to be, one of the hardest things to happen to me in my life.
We have known and worked with Debbie for many years. Debbie has always been exceptionally passionate and professional about her work, with great insight into issues, coupled with a very natural and comfortable way about her. She has frequently surprised me with her grasp of an unknown issue, being able to see to the very core of a problem, or opportunity. I would thoroughly recommend Debbie as someone to have on your side and work with, as tomorrow, you will be better for it.
Mathew Lynds - Managing Director - Rejus
I have known Debbie in a professional capacity for four years. During that time Debbie became a Trustee of The Survivors Trust and contributed to our overall strategy and development as a charity.
As the Chief Executive Officer of a member agency of The Survivors Trust, Debbie has shown extensive knowledge of service provision for vulnerable victims of rape and sexual violence, both male and female, including specialist counselling services and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor services.
Debbie approaches everything she does with integrity, commitment and compassion. She is a keen advocate for quality counselling and support services and combines this with excellent business management expertise.
As a trustee of The Survivors Trust, Debbie was supportive and encouraging to both myself as CEO and to her fellow trustees.
Fay Maxted - Chief Executive Officer - The Survivors Trust
I felt much happier when I went to see Debbie because she helped me so much to feel better. I was struggling with anxiety because I didn't like school, and Debbie helped me learn ways to keep calm and be able to go to school.
Without Debbie, I think things would have got worse and one day I might not have been able to go to school at all. But Thanks to Debbie I feel better and more confident. Thank you Debbie!!
Client, aged 12.
Over a number of months my young teenage daughter became more and more anxious, and increasingly reluctant to go to school. Some mornings, it was almost as if she was paralysed with fear. She was experiencing panic attacks which were beginning to impact seriously on every aspect of her life. Despite referral from our Doctor to the NHS Adolescent Counselling Service, she was not considered to be an 'urgent case' for their already over-subscribed service and she was placed on a very long waiting list - we were told it would be around two years before she would reach the top.
As a mum it is heartbreaking to watch your daughter go through these experiences, and hard to accept that there is nothing 'magic' you can do to make all the pain go away. Looking back now, I realise that accepting I couldn't put things right, and arranging for my daughter to have one to one, private counselling sessions with Debbie was possibly one of the best things I have ever done for her.
My daughter started these sessions 'downtrodden', quiet and insecure. She hated going to school. Having initially struggled with the enormity of the change to a bigger high school, it turned out she was also being emotionally bullied and continually put down by other girls in her year. With Debbie, she quickly learned techniques to help her deal with anxiety, and strategies to help her understand and cope. I think she had around 10 sessions with Debbie, but from almost the start, her confidence and self-belief started to change, and we noticed the sparkle come back into her eyes. Debbie helped my daughter understand her own self worth, and gave her strategies and techniques to help her maneuver her way through the minefield of school relationships, and how to better understand and control her feelings of anxiety.
A year on, I cannot believe the difference in my daughter. She is confident, incredibly happy, has lots of good friends and now very much believes in her own abilities. I cannot even begin to imagine how life would have turned out for my daughter had we not turned to counselling with Debbie. Life would have been quite different. My daughter now has valuable techniques and strategies she will be able to use whenever she faces different or difficult situations in the future.