Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approach to Caring
Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice
PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work (MSW)
June 2003 and 2000 respectively
I'm Debbie Innes, a counsellor and a life coach. I'm originally from America and I have lived and worked in Scotland since 2003.
I work with people who are struggling, struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems or decision-making. I support people, mainly adults, who are having difficulties in their life to make changes by creating a safe environment in which to talk things through. I do this using either open ended counselling strategies or more directed, time-limited life coaching strategies. You can choose which, depending on your needs.
I also work with formal and informal carers who are struggling to cope in their carer role. I run a 4-week Mindfulness Based Approach to Caring course, teaching mindfulness strategies to carers to help them cope more effectively with the stresses that come from being in a caring role.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and have been since 2005. As a BACP member, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that I put clients first and work to professional standards. By clicking the link above, you can view this framework for more specific information.
My Philosophy: It's all about you
Throughout my career, my goal has been to offer understanding, support and acceptance to allow others to make positive choices about - or changes in - their lives. I have found that when people are stuck, if I am understanding, supportive and accepting people are able to move forward. Therefore, I use a person-centred approach to learn about you and this process can also help you learn about yourself - your thoughts, your feelings, your dreams. We can then work together towards your goals, whether these are about self-acceptance, well-being or making more practical changes in your life.
MS in Counseling