About Deborah Bennett

Counselling Therapy Hastings

I am a fully qualified and deeply experienced counsellor with a background in the Social Care field.  Initially, I worked with children and young adults with emotional and behavioural difficulties for a number of years before qualifying as a professional counsellor.  Alongside my private practice I continue to counsel young people (16 to 18 years) in clinic, and hold an enhanced (highest level) criminal records bureau check (CRB). Since I first began my counselling training in 1997 I have been working with a wide range of psychological issues. 

I often describe my counselling career as a vocation, motivated by a lifelong curiosity in people and their capacity to develop in positive ways.  I have a passion for what I do and I think that translates in the work.  I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship, rather than any one particular theoretical orientation, is the most important aspect of successful work.  There is nothing more satisfying to me as a therapist, than to see couples and individuals that I work with, live a richer life, and enjoy more fulfilling relationships with others. 

I will encourage my clients (where possible) to keep a therapy journal, in which to record their thoughts, feelings and reflections during our sessions.  It is well known that people who journal discover a higher sense of self-awareness and a greater freedom of expression.

Qualifications & Training

Deborah Bennett MBACP I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and have been working with people of all ages for over 20 years.  I work in a versatile, client-centred style drawing on a wealth of clinical resources and skills to suit your individual needs.  I believe that this rich variety allows me to tailor my response to the individual requirements of each therapy client.

I attend regular, ongoing Counselling Supervision with a highly experienced, accredited Supervisor.  I undertake professional training courses and attend monthly therapy workshops to keep my skills up-to-date and to learn of new developments.  Since 1997 I have undertaken a broad range of therapeutic and certified counselling and psychotherapy training courses which include:

Anger Management, Anxiety & Panic, Bereavement, Career Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Couple Counselling, Depression, Domestic Violence, Dreams (Jungian), Eating Disorders, Group Work, LGBT Awareness, Mindfulness, Nutritional Therapy, Positive Psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rape & Sexual Assault, Redundancy, Self-harm, Sexuality, Understanding Suicide, Stress & Client Assessment Training. 

I consider myself a life-long student; I never tire of learning.  I have a passionate belief in the healing power of therapy and a deep respect for the work of Carl Jung and the wisdom of the body.  Since 2009 I have been studying Jungian Psychology, discovering the intriguing world of Dreams and exploring the Second Half of Life.  Similar to Jung, I affirm the mind-body-spirit connection, which in 2012 led me to undertake a BANT approved training course with the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION).  This in-depth training has given me a greater understanding of Nutrition, enabling me to offer clients sound nutritional advice if required and where appropriate. 

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I am a fully qualified, professionally insured, BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist.  Please feel free to view my membership and online registration details held on the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy – BACP REGISTER – Search The Register

Areas of Counselling I work with

I am deeply experienced in working with a wide range of issues including:

Abortion Abuse Addiction
Adoption Issues Affairs and Betrayals Anger Management
Anxiety Bereavement Bullying
Carer Support Cancer Career Counselling
Child related Issues Chronic Fatigue / ME Couples Counselling
Depression Domestic Violence Dream Work
Family Issues Gender Identity Infertility
Low Self Confidence Mid Life Crisis Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Panic Disorder Phobias Postnatal Depression
Pregnancy / Childbirth Redundancy Relationship Issues
Second Half of Life Self Harm Separation and Divorce
Sexual Abuse Sexuality Spirituality
Stress Terminal Illness Work Related Issues

 

Other areas of counselling I deal with:

I work with couples of all ages; married or living together, separating or divorcing; with or without children to consider.  Couple counselling can also benefit other types of couples such as siblings, parent/child or even friends.  Therapy is often short term with just a few sessions needed to turn relationships around or at least help to separate in a more amicable way.  Couple sessions take place on a fortnightly basis.

Issues regarding all kinds of family break ups including adults who were adopted as children, as well as divorce, separation and estrangement within families.  For many years I have offered counselling and support to those struggling with the impact of terminal illness, significant loss and bereavement.  I am keen to support those who would like to develop a healthier relationship with food.

My approach is LGBTQ inclusive.  I actively affirm diversity in my practice and value the opportunity to support those who may want to work through issues relating to their identity, sexuality or genderI hold great trust in the language of our dreams, particularly when understood through the extensive work of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, and will work closely with a person’s dreams where this relevant or desirable. 

 

Counselling Therapy Hastings

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. LeGuin

 

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