Mental health charity names new counsellor


Mental health charity Derwent Rural Counselling Service has appointed counsellor and psychotherapist Debra Jarrett.

Derby-based Debra, who has been an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists for nine years, joins DRCS as a psychotherapist as the Derbyshire charity continues to grow.

Her expertise includes problems with significant and close relationships, self-confidence and low self-esteem difficulties, the impact and effects of childhood trauma and abuse, difficulties coping with depression and coming to terms with a recent loss or bereavement.

She also has a specialist interest in dissociation – a coping mechanism used in times of severe trauma – and is due to release her first book on the subject early next year offering insight into the disorder and guidelines on working through it positively for individuals and professionals.

Debra said: “My client work for the last 14 years has seen me complete more than 10,000 face to face appointments.

“DRCS has a very experienced team which is doing fantastic work and this drew me to the position. I already know, and have trained, many of the counsellors and therapists here and am delighted to be working with them. I am very excited about what DRCS can achieve.”

Debra regularly attends seminars and workshops with leading trainers from the international field of counselling and psychotherapy to continuously extend her knowledge base and experience and support her work with a wider range of client’s difficulties.

Her book, called Dissociation: Bringing It Into Awareness, will be Debra’s first published work and includes her clinical research as well as her past personal experience of being dissociative.

She added: “I am really passionate about dissociation. As well as offering an insight into dissociation, which is now being recognised by the NHS, I detail how to develop an awareness of dissociation as an individual, and as a professional, together with giving guidelines around working through dissociation in a constructive way, just like I have done.

“I already offer training and workshops to professionals around dissociation, healing and the therapeutic relationship but have now put pen to paper to offer help to everyone.”

Debra, who will initially work at DRCS’s bases in Belper and Ilkeston, previously worked for another specialist Derbyshire counselling service from 2003.

Her qualifications include becoming a qualified psychotherapist in 2008, a Certificate in Personal-Centred Counselling (Higher Education) and completing an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. She is also a postgraduate member of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) Nottingham.

Debra’s recruitment comes shortly after the charity announced that former assistant clinical lead and supervisor Janette Smeeton had been appointed as the new CEO to DRCS, which has a 70-strong team of freelance and employed staff.

DRCS CEO Janette Smeeton added: “This is a real coup to attract a member of staff of the calibre of Debra. She brings a host of experience and qualities to the role and we wish her all the best in her new role.

“This is an example of how DRCS is moving forward to address the priorities of modern day counselling and psychotherapy.”

DRCS operates as Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in Derbyshire and as a qualified provider and partner of Talking Mental Health Derbyshire (TMHD), making it the largest provider of counselling in Derbyshire and the Peak District with above national recovery rates and reduced waiting times.

It has a 28-year track record of working with individuals suffering from common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and long term conditions and also works in businesses and schools.

DRCS operates bases in Derby, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Matlock treating people from the Amber Valley, Erewash, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Swadlincote and Bakewell in the Peak District. It also uses GP premises across the region.