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

I am based in Greenwich, SE London.

Contact Details:

Phone: 07952 593201


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 over fifteen years.

Professional Training for Counsellors

I offer two professional trainings based in London.

  • Introduction to Couples Counselling; and
  • Level Two Couples Counselling Training

Next Introduction to Couples Counselling training

First part: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2024

Second part: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2024

Times: 10am to 5pm

CPD: 24 hours

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London SE3 9LL
Please note:
Both weekends (4-days) are required to learn the basics of couples counselling.
Cost: £530 for the full 4-day introductory course. Early Bird price of £500 if booked before 16th August 2024.

Next Level Two Couples Counselling Training

First part: Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2024

Second part: Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July 2024

Times: 10am to 4.30pm

CPD: 22 hours

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London SE3 9LL

Cost: £530 for the 4-day level two course. Early Bird price of £500 if booked before 1st April 2023.

As a follow on from the Introduction course, or for more advanced couple counsellors, this Level 2 course will explore the important concept of Differentiation in Couples Counselling, and focus in particular on the Developmental Model of Couple Counselling pioneered by Drs Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, as well as the Crucible Model of Couple Therapy pioneered by Dr David Schnarch.

For more information, click on the tabs above.

Training Testimonials:

♦ This was one of the most informative and useful trainings I have experienced. Excellent trainers, thorough handouts, lots of practice. Highly recommended. Don’t become a couples counsellor without this training!

Denise Dyson, therapist, Course participant, London 2018

♦ ‘An excellent and thought provoking training. The course is well structured and Debbie and Simon weave in a range of theory and therapeutic approaches. I left feeling much better equipped to work with couples. I also found plenty to enrich and expand my individual work. I will definitely recommend this course to colleagues looking to make the transition from individual to couples counselling.’

Rowena, therapist, Course participant, London 2018

♦ For anyone considering working with couples, this course is a must; so informative and really enjoyable.’

Julie Mills-Langdown, Psychodynamic Counsellor, Course participant, London 2018

♦ Very well organised with excellent handouts. warm, professional delivery. Excellent course. Thank you.

Therapist and Course participant, London 2018

♦High quality training delivered with a real depth and enthusiasm. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Therapist and Course participant, London 2018


I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The information was clear and really well presented. The day was well structured and had a great mix of practical and didactical learning. Made a difficult subject easy to understand and left me feeling confident to begin to practise. Best CPD course I have attended.

Sarah Wolfin, private practice

An excellent balance of structure/input and mapping onto/listening to participants’ own experiences and practice.

Helen Mackay,

“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