She obtained a BSc in Psychology from Queens University, Belfast in 2003, and went on to obtain a DipHe in Counselling in 2008 and a PgDip in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in 2009. She also travelled to London to undertake training with the National Centre for eating Disorders and now holds a Diploma in Eating Disorder Practitioner Skills. She is also fully trained in Child Protection.
From qualifying in 2009, Debbie was employed by New Life Counselling as a child psychotherapist, working with young people experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties. She was on both the Child Team, working with clients aged 5 – 11 years old, and the schools team, working with clients aged 11 – 18 years old.
She continues to work in schools helping young people address and resolve issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, bullying, trauma, low self-esteem, anger, sexuality issues, relationship difficulties, stress, self-harm, suicidal ideation, family difficulties, and abuse.
She is qualified to work with adults, adolescents and children, and has a special interest in working with eating disorders.
The approach she uses is Integrative, meaning that she tailors the way she works to the individual she is working with, making the psychotherapy as unique as you are.
For the younger client, Debbie uses a more creative approach to engage the young person including play, art, sand play, music, and drama.
Debbie is also the Chairperson of local eating disorder charity CARED (Caring About Recovery from Eating Disorders), which delivers the New Maudsley Model to parents and carers who have a loved one with an eating disorder.