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- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
My name is Devon McDonald and I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
My training and primary orientation is psychodynamic and I work to the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Professional Conduct Procedures.
I offer professional counselling facing a wide range of personal issues and challenges. I work together with clients to explore thoughts, feelings and patterns which are troubling them. I am currently working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of backgrounds.
The purpose of therapy is not to give advice but instead to help you to understand your feelings and behaviour more clearly and, if you wish to, change the patterns or the way you think about things.
I offer a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space to explore your feelings and behaviour in an environment that is confidential and free from intrusion.
Many people experience low mood, anxiety or depression at some point in their life. If you feel that things are too much, you may feel overwhelmed or maybe you are not sure how to cope, it might be that it is the right time for you to try therapy. Maybe you have tried some self help options such as talking to friends and family but it hasn't helped in the way you had hoped. Maybe you have tried counselling in the past and feel that you would like to pick it up again. The aim of counselling is to explore the causes of these difficult emotions in a safe and ethical environment. This offers an opportunity to work towards healthier life choices, better relationships and higher self-esteem.
Counselling gives you an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with someone who is trained to listen to both spoken and unspoken communications.
All too often, we act without thinking and are unaware of why we behave in a certain way. We may have repeating patterns of behaviour that we either don't understand or want to change but don't know how to. I work in a psychodynamic way so we may consider what may have happened in your past which could be, often unconsciously, impacting on your present. Giving yourself the space and time to think about your behaviour can have a profound effect on the way that you live your life.
Ultimately therapy offers you the experience of sharing with someone who is non-judgemental and empathic and who actively listens to what you have to say. The time you spend with your therapist is purely for and about you. In this busy world, it is a time for reflection and self care.
My first session
I offer an initial session during which time we would explore together why you have come to therapy and whether we think we could work together. It is important that you feel you are with the right therapist and as such there is no obligation to commit to therapy after this session. If we decide to work together, in order for the therapy to be effective and for trust to develop, a regular weekly session is deemed appropriate.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
Adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited