Debbie is a qualified counsellor registered with British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is highly skilled in providing one to one support for individuals and couples experiencing a range of difficulties under a strict confidential and professional framework. Debbie is passionate about counselling having seen the benefits it can have when working as a volunteer counsellor for counselling services in London and Maidenhead.
As a retired Warrant Officer Class One with 27 years’ experience in the Armed Forces, Debbie has a proven ability in supervision, management and training. She was a Social and Occupational Welfare professional and knowledgeable advisor to senior management and partnership agencies in all aspects of military welfare related issues. Skilled in networking with a variety of partnership agencies Debbie was continually improving joint working relationships and achieving positive outcomes for the agency and the customer. Debbie dealt with a huge range of traumatic and complex issues during her time in the Army and is now using her wealth of experience to support people who are experiencing difficulties.
Debbie also utilises her experience to provide support to Service Children in Primary School. Her role as a Service Children’s’ Support Coordinator involves providing holistic welfare support to pupils at difficult times including deployment, family separations, bereavement and transition in and out of school. Debbie’s experience is invaluable when supporting parents and sharing professional knowledge with teachers in order to manage these challenges effectively. Liaising with the military chain of command and external agencies as appropriate is also a large part of her role.
Additionally Debbie is an Independent Children’s Advocate for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. This role involves speaking to children of families who are involved with local authority Children’s Services, often under very stressful or complex circumstances. Debbie then represents the children’s views or supports them to represent their own views at professional meetings such as Child Protection Conferences and Looked after Children reviews.
As a veteran Debbie is keen to continue to support service personnel and veterans and achieves this by volunteering as a Case Officer for The Royal British Legion. She is also a volunteer coordinator for Contact the Elderly organising local monthly tea parties which aim to combat the effects of loneliness for elderly people in the community.