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My name is Debbie Winterbourne. I am a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist, teacher and couples therapist.

I am based in Greenwich, SE London.


I hold five degrees including a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy (MSc) and a first class degree in psychology (BSc).

I am registered as a member with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), a national register of psychotherapists of those who meet exacting standards and training requirements.

I am also trained and/or qualified in the following methods of couples counselling:

I also qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and hold an undergraduate degree in law together with a Masters Degree in Public International Law.

I hold a certificate in teaching in Adult Education.


Couples Counselling

Couples counselling is my specialist area. I have worked with hundreds of couples from all different types of cultures and orientations for many years.

Professional Training for Counsellors

Most counselling training programmes offer little no information on how to work with couples. Yet couple work is very different from working with individuals, and it is imperative to have learn the basics of how to facilitate a couple session.

I offer a full introductory programme of training in how to excel as a couples counsellor. The course is four days long spread over two weekends one month apart. The course runs three times per year.

For 2018, the four day training is offered at two venues: London and Liverpool.


Next London dates are 28/29 April and 30 June/1 July 2018

The London venue is:

The Deborah Ubee Trust, 20 Egerton Drive, Greenwich SE10 8JS

Greenwich is in SE London, and the venue is very close to Greenwich DLR station.


Next Liverpool dates are 12/13 May and 9/10 June 2018

The Liverpool venue is:

The Brain Charity, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR

This venue is five minutes walk from Liverpool Lime St station.

Or if you would like me to run the training at your place, just let me know.

The course is integrative in nature, and the ethical issues of couples counselling are also covered in detail to enable you to be a very capable practitioner. This course weaves threads of:

  • Psychodynamic – understanding how the unconscious attraction process works, and recognising childhood wounds of your partner;
  • Systemic – looking at the particular dynamic of disconnection in the relationship; how each partner moves in the ‘dance’;
  • Gestalt – working with intra psychic conflict in each partner;
  • Humanistic – working with dialogue and empathy between the couple;
  • Attachment – understanding attachment wounds of each partner and how this impacts current relationship;
  • Behavioural – working out self-change goals for each partner and holding a future vision of what the relationship may be.

For more information, click on the Training page.

Training Testimonials:

“I enjoyed and found Deborah’s anecdotal accounts really useful. They gave me much to think about. The really thorough treatment of ethics was most beneficial.” (Katrina Pitts)

“A lovely balance of learning through a variety of methods. Very interactive and felt like a safe learning environment. A very enabling approach by Debbie, acknowledging all participants’ experiences. A good acknowledgement of different learning styles.” (Margaret Headland; Headland Therapy).

♦ “Absolutely fantastic course, jam-packed with information and resources. Will definitely be recommending to fellow counsellors.”

                                                                Katie, Private Practitioner

♦ “An excellent overview to couples counselling offering you a strong base to start practising with growing confidence”

                                                                Isabel, Letchworth Centre

♦  I found the course very enlightening and full of information. Highly recommended course. You will get all the information you need to move forward in couples counselling. Debbie is an inspirational teacher and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to work with couples.

                                                               Counsellor attending London course

♦  I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of starting out on couples counselling. Be ready to discover how much there is to take on board. Debbie is a fantastic tutor. 

                                                              Counsellor attending London course.

 Couple Testimonials:

“You saved our relationship, and as a consequence our family, by teaching us tools that helped solve problems and conflicts we were struggling with for years.

We would not have been able to do this on our own – we did try.

Our relationship and life has improved tremendously as a result, we are extremely grateful.”

Teresa & Jeff, New York


I found the couples counselling very useful. It helped me realise & understand the main issue
that was causing most of the problems in our relationship & that we needed to take action to put a stop to it.
Debbie is very experienced and a great facilitator & adviser.  1000% recommended!

Fred, London