About me…

About Debbie

Before I became a psychotherapist, I had a keen interest in travelling, spirituality and psychology. I often wondered what my purpose was in life and went on many adventures to find the answer to these questions. This journey, and my own personal therapy, led me to train as a psychotherapist in 1995 and I received my Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling in 1999 from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London, England. In 2003, I completed a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling through De Montfort University and the CCPE in the U.K.

The modality, or type, of psychotherapy I practice is “Integrative Psychotherapy”. This includes looking at dynamics, patterns and belief systems that have shaped our lives, and how we can change to live a more healthy, holistic lifestyle and heal our past.

Professionally, I have had a private practice since 1996. I have worked for many counselling services including primary schools, universities, GP offices and Family Services in both the U.K. and Canada.

I worked in Canada from January, 2010 until March 2020 before returning back to the U.K. In Canada, I was an Associate Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University in the Department of Family Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as running a successful psychotherapy and clinical supervision practice. In 2017, I won an award for best psychological service in Hamilton, Ontario.

Finally, I sit on the Board of Trustees of the Minster Centre, a long established Integrative Psychotherapy training in London, UK.

The Way of the Artist

© Debbie Charles

I am an abstract and fluid artist and painting has helped me to develop my path as a psychotherapist. When I am creating a piece of art, all of the “ingredients” are there, but then a transformational process takes place that is not in my control. I don’t know what is going to emerge, or evolve, when I mix the paints and put them on the canvas. It is a mystery that unfolds of it’s own free will and remaining open is key. Psychotherapy can be the same…we don’t know what will emerge or evolve in the therapy room, but allowing the process to take place may lead to growth and understanding of your life’s journey.