Deborah Kellaway
Bournemouth & Christchurch
Counselling Services

Dip (Couns) MBACP
​BSc (Hons) Psychology

​​info@kellawaycounselling.co.uk


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Having experienced mental health problems and difficult times myself and watching those I care about also experience difficult life experiences and mental health problems, I felt passionate about learning how to help other sufferers find ways of achieving some kind of equilibrium in their life in which they do not have to suffer alone and/or for the rest of their lives.   Although there may be problems or experiences that one can never fully get over, it might be possible to find ways of living with these experiences in order to have a better future and not remain stuck in the pain and hopelessness. 

Setting off on a long journey of training and studying in order to learn to understand how we, as people, operate, I came to understand just how complex and unique we are, but, additionally, how similar we can be.     That said, whereas some problems people experience may be similar to what someone else experiences, it is still unique.  In that sense, I understand what might help one person might not necessarily be found helpful by another. 

​As is my passion to help and support people overcome the problems they are facing that is preventing them from being who and where they want to be, and having spent years training in order to do this, I also realise that my learning both professionally and personally will never end.  Because we are so complex, there is always something new to learn.  There is always new evidence, new literature, new ways of working and, therefore, I will always endeavour to keep up to date in this area.  This will be facilitated by supervision, research, reading new literature, attending workshops/courses, and so on.   

​Whilst you may find it daunting taking the first steps in coming to counselling, I would like to reassure you that I do offer a non-judgemental and empathic approach.  I do believe I am an approachable person, but if you do feel that, after meeting with me, you do not feel we would work well together, that is absolutely fine.  For counselling to work for you, you need to feel that you can work with someone on your level and that, eventually, you feel you can come to trust that person in order to support you in making the changes you want.