Debbie Dawson - Counselling in York

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York based BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist working from a practice within easy reach of Acomb, Fulford and Heslington.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I do hope that you find my pages helpful and perhaps the start of the solution to the problems or issues that you are currently grappling with.

I offer face to face counselling and psychotherapy based upon humanistic principles to young people and adults. This means that I believe that everyone has the potential to be "that self which one truly is" (Rogers, 1961). As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist I have worked in a wide range of settings. These include a national mental health charity, an agency offering support to young people, a sixth form and further education college, a local women's counselling service and an organisation offering counselling to GP referred clients. Therefore, I have experience of working with clients who have presented with many different issues and of offering short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy.

Sometimes life can put obstacles in our way, which can mean that it becomes increasingly difficult to live as we wish to.These obstacles can be significant life events such as the death of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the loss of a job. They can also be less concrete such as a general feeling of purposelessness and worthlessness which makes everyday living a challenge. We may also have lost sight of our own resources so that we can feel overwhelmed by the situation. Alternatively, our experiences in childhood and our ways of being in the world may have an impact on how we relate to others and how we respond to challenges that we face.

As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am able to provide you with a safe, confidential and non- judgemental space where you can explore the issues that are causing you distress. You can do this at your own pace, I will try and match you, step by step. As a Registered and Accredited member of BACP I work according to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and receive regular monthly supervision. For information on BACP, please click here.


Areas in which I offer counselling and psychotherapy:

  • Abuse, including domestic, emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Addiction(s)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Bullying
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Low self esteem and self worth
  • Miscarriage
  • OCD
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship issues
  • Self harm
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

  • If you are a counsellor in training and you have identified some areas for personal development, please email me or contact me on 07999583641 for an initial conversation on how I can help you.


    Other information:

    I have over 20 years' teaching experience, therefore as a counsellor, I can offer support in times of exam stress. I can work with you to help you to develop some effective strategies which will help you achieve your potential. Please email me or contact me on 07999 583641 for further details.

    I offer counselling and psychotherapy sessions from a practice in Copmanthorpe, which is easily accessible from all areas of York, including Acomb, Fulford, Heslington and Poppleton. Close proximity to the A64 means that Tadcaster, Leeds and the surrounding area are within easy travelling distance. Early morning and evening appointments are available. Please email me or contact me on 07999 583641 for further details regarding days and times.

    I am now available to offer individual supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists both face to face, from my practice in Copmanthorpe, or via Skype. Reduced rates are available for counsellors in training. Please email me, or contact me on 07999 583641 for an initial conversation.

    New for 2017 'Walk and Talk'

    Perhaps you feel a little daunted by the thought of face to face counselling or you would benefit from talking through your issues in an open space? Gentle exercise can increase your sense of wellbeing and walking alongside someone can make you feel that your problems are being shared. I am now offering this option, in addition to the counselling and psychotherapy that I provide from my practice; 'walk and talk' sessions are only suitable in certain instances, if you are in crisis or experiencing significant distress then this option will not be appropriate for you.

    The venues include York Racecourse, Rowntree Park and Musuem Gardens, all within easy reach of Fulford, Acomb and York City Centre. The sessions last an hour and are available on certain days during daylight hours. For further information please email me, or contact me on 07999 583641 for an initial chat to see if this option will suit you.

    "THE HOPE AND CHANGE BUSINESS"



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