Deborah Bennett

Deborah is an Edinburgh based counsellor, qualified and registered to work with couples and individuals. As well as working with a wide range of issues, she has specialist qualifications in relationships counselling and bereavement (including support to clients who have lost pets).

As an Integrative counsellor, she will be am able to tailor their approach to the client's needs but some of the more common issues are:

Anxiety Stress

Panic Attacks Low Self-Esteem

Depression Addictive Behaviour

Weight Problems Grief & Loss

We all develop strong coping mechanisms as we try to deal with what life throws at us, but sometimes these can also prevent us moving forward. This can make us angry, withdrawn, frightened and defensive – powerful emotions that stop us making good choices. So Deborah offers a supportive and confidential environment in which you can attempt to explore thoughts and feelings that you find distressing, and discover new strengths and resources within yourself to help you reach your full potential. You hold the answers and working alongside Deborah, you will discover them. 

She can offer time limited work (normally up to 6 sessions) that is focused and goal orientated, or longer term work where you can explore more complex issues in depth.

Relationship Counselling

Deborah will work with relationship difficulties, whether you come as a couple or as an individual, and regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or ethnicity. My job is to keep sight of your relationship’s needs, allowing space and time for you to talk and be heard, as we explore current or past experiences to move towards a better future.

Usually, Deborah offers an initial exploratory session to discuss what you want from counselling and gather some information. Occasionally, our counsellor may want to see a couple separately for a short time, so that they each have space and privacy to be open and honest. You will then all reassess and decide together how the sessions will work.

Bereavement Counselling

Grief is a completely natural process but sometimes we struggle to move forward. Family and friends often don’t know what to do or say and we are left feeling isolated and lost. It is at this point that bereavement counselling can help.

Deborah will work with you to help you understand what is happening, and to find the resources that lie within you, so that you can cope and begin to rebuild your life.

Deborah knows that the death of a pet can be every bit as devastating as any other bereavement, and will work with respect and understanding.

Qualifications

  • Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work according to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. www.bacp.co.uk
  • Diploma in Relationships Counselling & I am accredited with Relationships Scotland.
  • Certificate in Bereavement Counselling Skills and am an experienced counsellor with CBCS (Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland).