Deborrah BakshPerson-centred/humanistic psychotherapist
Hello, I'm Deborrah. I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, offering a warm, non-judgemental and safe space for you to explore your issues and experiences. I offer both short-term and open-ended therapy to adults.
I am usually based in Shoreditch or Stockwell, but due to current events I am now offering sessions entirely Online via Zoom, Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp or phone calls. If you are feeling anxious, depressed or isolated due to recent developments or are struggling with your relationships, self-esteem or feeling lost, therapy or just talking to someone trained to listen in an empathic and skilled way may help you.
I have extensive experience working with people of varying ages and from a range of cultural and social backgrounds. Common issues I work with include: depression, anxiety, relationships, family, culture, work, bereavement and loss, identity and self-esteem. I also have specialist training in trauma informed therapy and experience working with people suffering from the effects of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).
I am passionate about supporting people to face their difficulties, find their own solutions and to live more fulfilling lives. I was inspired to train as a psychotherapist after having a transformative experience of therapy, at a time when I was approaching 30 and feeling stuck and frustrated with where I was in my life.
For a number of years, I worked within the NHS and for charities and understand the pressures and challenges that come with working within organisations.
How I work
I believe that everyone is unique and tailor my approach to suit individual needs. I see my role as helping you to become more aware of your own resources, supporting you to gain greater self-awareness and self-acceptance so you can make meaningful and lasting changes in your life. I aim to co-create a space of trust and will work with you to explore the issues you bring to therapy.
I take a holistic approach where I see you as a whole person (mind, body and spirit) and am sensitive to cultural, sexual and social differences. As well as talking about your thoughts and emotions, I may also encourage you to notice your breathing, body sensations and beliefs in relation to what we are discussing to support your self-awareness.
Research shows that the relationship between client and therapist is key to successful therapy, therefore it is important that you find a therapist who will be a good fit for you.
If you are thinking of working with me, please get in touch. I am happy to answer any questions you have and I offer a free 15 minute telephone discussion to help you decide if you would like to meet me for an initial session.
Coming to an initial session can help us both decide if we would like to work together, but there is no obligation for you to continue.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
I offer a free 15 minute telephone discussion prior to an initial session.
Weekly 50 minute sessions - £70
I offer some concession spaces to students and people on lower incomes. Please contact me to discuss.
Training and qualifications
I undertook a rigorous training at the renowned Metanoia Institiute in London, first gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy then an MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I also have a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and an MA in International Law and Human Rights.
I am committed to my professional development and continue to update my work through reading new research, attending conferences and undertaking further training.
I have additional training in:
· Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
(Sandi Richman Training)
· Somatic Trauma Training (Babette Rothschild Training)
· Neurobiology of Trauma and Trauma Informed Yoga
(Alex Cat- The Yoga Clinic)
I am also qualified and experienced in therapeutic massage, Reiki and Transformational Breath. Although I do not offer these within psychotherapy sessions they have helped to inform my psychotherapy practice by seeing the interconnection between mind, body and spirit.