Deborah Parkins

Psychotherapist and Specialist Teacher

Deborah Parkins – Psychotherapist and Specialist Teacher

Deborah is a registered Psychotherapist with both UKCP and BACP and is a registered Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor registered with UKCP. She has a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Education, a Master of Arts Degree in Special Educational Needs and a Master of Arts Degree in Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy.

Deborah first qualified as a school teacher in 1989 and has worked in a number of school settings within the UK and the USA. During the course of her career in the UK, Deborah has worked in a variety of roles including class teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and Acting Deputy Headteacher. Deborah also spent several years as a class teacher and Director of a Pre-School Kindergarten in the USA. As a result of her extensive experience of working with young people and their families, Deborah has developed a passion for advocating and supporting the emotional needs of all children, and particularly the most vulnerable children, within the school environment.

Deborah feels very strongly that the most effective and genuine way to engage the trust of both children and adults alike is through relationship, and so supporting the families of children, as well as the adults who are involved with them in an educational setting, is central to Deborah’s work with young people.

Deborah’s recognition of the importance of relationship in supporting others, led her to qualifying as a Humanistic, Person-Centred Psychotherapist in 2006. Since that time, Deborah has gained additional qualifications in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples and is a registered Emotionally Focussed Therapist for Couples with ICEEFT.

Deborah’s understanding of the central role of relationship, particularly within a therapeutic context, is underpinned by her interest in attachment theory and the crucial role secure attachment plays in developing a positive relationship with oneself and also with other people. More recently, she has undertaken additional training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Theraplay and Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), all of which significantly inform the therapy work undertaken with children and young people with developmental and relational trauma. Deborah has also completed the Attachment Lead Training with Louise Michelle Bomber.

Deborah continues to commit to her passion in supporting children and their families within the school environment in her current role as a School Counsellor, and she also works as a Psychotherapist with adult clients in a Private Practice.

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