About Me

Counselling during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

I am offering face to face therapy sessions via video call at a reduced cost of £39. I am also offering walk and talk therapy in the south downs or by the sea in Ovingdean, Brighton BN2.

Get in touch, 07980 655372 or debbie@debbiebroadhurst.com.

My approach

I offer a supportive space for you to talk freely about whatever is creating difficulties for you. We will explore and reflect on things at your pace. I will support you to work through what emerges, helping you to understand yourself better and work on making changes. My approach means I will be as neutral as possible. I will rarely disclose information about my life unless I believe it is of benefit to you.

My training is in a branch of contemporary psychotherapy known as psychodynamic. In practice this means we will explore how your early relationships, childhood experiences, and painful or traumatic events have shaped who you are now, how you feel about yourself, and how you relate to other people and the world around you.

But it’s not just about how the past affects you. We will consider feelings that might be outside of your awareness such as hidden fears, anger, shame, or buried needs and desires, all of which can filter through in to your reactions and behaviours without you realising it, including for example, anxiety or compulsions. Sometimes these unconscious feelings lead to defensive behaviours. Defences are normal healthy ways of coping and protecting yourself, but at times they can work against you, overwhelm you, and hold you back.

We might also focus on non-verbal communication such as what’s going on physically in your body and what it might be telling us about your conscious and unconscious experience. Exploring these and other avenues can help you to understand, accept or better tolerate your feelings, and take important steps towards change.

I am also qualified to offer equine-facilitated psychotherapy, working therapeutically in collaboration with horses while in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

My qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Crossfield’s Institute Diploma, Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method
  • CRUSE, Awareness in Bereavement Award

Additional training

  • Working with Borderline / Emotionally Unstable Disorders
  • Suicide Alertness for Everyone
  • Advanced Behaviour Change in Health and Social Care Settings
  • Understanding Trauma

Professional membership

I am a registered and listed member of the www.bacp.co.uk, a professional body that verifies that I am qualified to masters level, have reached a high standard of proficiency and follow their code of ethics and good practice.

My pre-therapy years

Prior to training to be a therapist I worked in health and social care for many years. I started my career in the NHS and then worked for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as professional bodies such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and charities such as Help the Aged, Action Research and Princess Alice Hospice. It was working in a hospice that planted the seed for becoming a therapist. It made me want to have better relationships for myself, and help others experiencing distress and grief.”