About me

photo_35114 My name is Deborah Spraggon and I offer counselling and psychotherapy services in South Woodford in east London.

 How I work

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I use a number of different theories and approaches when I’m working. I adapt my approach to suit the needs of the individual client – because every person is unique. However, I believe that if you feel listened to, that I empathise with you and that you can trust me, you will feel more able to talk about your most private worries and concerns without fear of being judged. Counselling is not for everyone, and it can be challenging to talk about issues which cause you pain and discomfort. But I believe that working together in a relationship that you can trust can help bring about real change. I offer sessions on both a short-term and long-term basis, depending on the needs of the client.

The quality of the relationship you have with your counsellor is the key to effective counselling: it is important that you get the right counsellor for you so that you feel safe and comfortable in the sessions. This is something you can find out more about at your initial assessment session.

My experience

As well as working in private practice, I have worked for the charity Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham within their BACP accredited counselling service and currently work within a University counselling service.  The clients that I see are from diverse ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds. They come to counselling to get help with a  wide range of issues. I have helped clients with obsessive compulsive disorder, anger management, work or course stress, general anxiety, life transition issues and relationship breakdown. I have also worked with clients who have been diagnosed as having bi-polar disorder (sometimes still referred to as manic depression) and schizophrenia. I have a specialist interest in working with young adults and with students of the performance arts.

Before training as a counsellor I worked for many years in business management in the corporate sector.

Training and qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Substance Misuse

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Trauma

Surviving the Teenage Years: Thinking about Adolescent Psychology

Degree in Social Administration

Membership of Professional Associations

As an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred) I  work according to the BACP’s ethical framework. I am also on the BACP’s Voluntary Register.

Continuing Professional Development

I am actively committed to continuing professional development to ensure that I keep up to date with best practice. This involves participating in additional training courses and workshops.