About Me

About Debbie

Debbie Charles

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”. Here is a short video, by Richard Erskine Phd, that helps explain this type of therapy. I would add that, through my training, I include a psycho-spiritual component to my work. The main point is that this type of therapy looks at what is best needed for the patient/client, not what the theory demands.

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 am also an Associate Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University in the Department of Family Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario. I am a Member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, registration number 002247.

Debbie Certificate