Deborah is an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor with an MA in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy and graduated in 2018 at the Centre for Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) London. Prior to that she graduated with a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Adolescents at the Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE) in 2015. She has a BA in Humanities (with Honours) & Creative Writing through the Open University.
Deborah’s background of working in schools over a period of seven years has helped to deepen her understanding of children and adolescents and families, (including adopted parents and guardians and foster carers) from a systemic perspective. By looking at the wider system with a focus on the child or young person, she takes into account the ways in which these children and teenagers interact socially, academically, creatively and emotionally. Her observations and assessments include body posture and movement as a crucial part of looking at the whole of a person and how they relate and move through the world. She is passionate about the subject of human development, the root causes of turmoil and suffering, and the collective unconscious in terms of healing.
In addition to providing one-to-one therapy and counselling, Deborah is also experienced in facilitating group work using the arts and meditative breathing exercises alongside group discussions, which provide support in schools for pupils who suffer from anxiety and stress; the latter also relating to study and exams. In addition, she is an experienced facilitator in designing and leading workshops for teachers.
Deborah’s recently published educational book, ‘Hindi Handwriting: An Effective Way to Learn’ takes a holistic approach to learning. It addresses the issues of dyslexia as well as illustrating ways in which culture can be seen in all its richness to promote inclusivity, with curiosity and respect. Prior to becoming a therapist-counsellor, Deborah taught English to foreign students visiting London. Her love of cultural diversity led her to pursue these interests by living and working in international communities including India and Africa, and facilitated a women’s self-empowerment group in the rural area in Zimbabwe.
Deborah’s earliest career in London began in the music industry. She then moved to Los Angeles to continue on her career path and eventually worked in the film industry as a music coordinator.
Since the arts and creativity play such an important role in her work with children and adolescents, Deborah also expresses her creative development through her own painting practice and therapeutic art journalling.