Meet the Therapist: Debbie Foers
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I wanted to become a therapist because I knew I was a good communicator and enjoyed helping others from a young age. I was a carer for my mother. I wanted to have a worthwhile purpose, as well as helping others to change or guide a individuals mental health for the better.
Where did you train?
A combination of Lincoln College and Lindum College in Lincoln
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – it is a fast way of reframing irrational thoughts after a long period of time struggling with the same unhealthy mind-set cycle/ habit. It means that clients are able to be more involved in the process and will be able to practice thinking more rationally, enabling them to feel more in control and empowered. It is usually time related.
How does CBT help with symptoms of anxiety?
It is useful because when a client has anxiety it usually starts with the irrational thought which then creates the feeling (scared, unsafe, worried) and in turn the behaviour (to run or freeze).
What sort of people do you usually see?
I see teenagers aged 11-18, adults, students and SEN individuals.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I like it when you see the client evolve through a better understanding of their situation and refocusing their goals. This usually provides better health and wellbeing in the long-term. This then gives me a sense of achievement.
What is less pleasant?
I find it’s less pleasant when you have tried lots of ways to help and given them the tools to work on their issues but they choose to ignore the help provided and in some cases where they will continue to suffer as a result. Or worse still, they go downhill.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I think approximately nine months. I like reading the articles which are available, I also like newsletters which are sent and the books recommended.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Yes as much as possible, usually if I’m sure they will be of benefit. Recently a client was involved with a psychopath, in this case some recommended reading was a good way for them to do their own research.
What you do for your own mental health?
I walk my dog, draw, listen to the radio, and do yoga.
You are a therapist in Lincoln. What can you share with us about seeing clients in this area?
My practice is very close to the town centre and has the train and bus station near by (less than 15 minutes). In terms of my client base, I have a niche as a school counsellor so my experience is of more demand. It is a challenging job. I personally think there is a higher need for this than is publicised.
What’s your consultation room like?
It is bright, quite big, and has three chairs. There is a desk in the rear of the room. The chairs are blue and it has a grey carpet with a red mat.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
I wish people knew how much they would benefit from going to see a therapist. It can transform them. Untangle problems in their life. Look at priorities they have set and see which are most important.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That I’m not perfect, infallible or know all the answers. I learnt that we will make some mistakes but that’s OK. It’s more important what you do about them in the future and how you can learn from them and grow to improve and achieve healthier behaviours.