About me

Counsellor in Cheltenham and Bishop's Cleeve. About me Debbie Fitchsampson
Here’s some information about me that you might find useful.

After undertaking a one-year foundation course in counselling, my counselling career began by studying for a three-year post graduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling. This involved a combination of study of theoretical approach, clinical experience and extensive personal therapy.  After qualifying as a counsellor I under took further training in couples counselling and solution focused short term therapy.

With a former career of over 15 years in Human Resources and Training I have a wealth of experience supporting individuals through challenges such as: stress management, career coaching, bullying and harassment, redundancy and retirement.

My qualifications include:

  • WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2009)
  • Accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (2011)
  • Post diploma training in Solution Focused Short Term Therapy (2010)
  • Post diploma training in Couples Counselling (2010)
  • Assessment Training (2010)
  • Bereavement Care (2015)
  • Mediation skills training (2003)
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) (1999)
  • BA (hons) degree

Accreditation with the BACP

To become an accredited member of the BACP the counsellor has to have a significant number of practice hours and demonstrate their experience, competence and ability to practice in an ethical way. I became an accredited member of the BACP in 2011 and I adhere to and support their frame work for ethical practice.

An Experienced Counsellor

To give you a bit more information about me, I work independently and within an organisation. I work part-time for a large counselling charity, where as an experienced member of staff, I meet new clients for an assessment of their needs and provide weekly counselling to adults. I have experience working with other counselling organisations and with a bereavement support charity. For over five years I provided counselling to patients in a busy doctors practice.

I have been successfully running my private practice since 2011.

Further and on-going training

I have an interest in Mindfulness and have attended a course learning how to incorporate mindfulness in to everyday life. I have undertaken training focusing on addiction and codependency. More recently I have undertaken training focusing on Bereavement Care.

Please visit the relevant pages to read more about my approach as a counsellor or to contact me.

I have a counselling page on Facebook and you can follow me on twitter

Professional Memberships

  • BACP
  • MCIPD