For over sixteen years Deborah worked as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in London. She received a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
She worked for the NHS and later joined the Therapy Team at Nightingale Hospital where she ran groups and individual sessions for four years specializing in Depression and Anxiety. During her time there she also contributed to the introduction of Mindfulness into the program. She then moved to Private Practice.
Deborah went on to train in Schema Therapy, under the supervision of Merrie Pearl, and practiced it for the greater part of her career. She subsequently brought to her Schema Therapy practice, training and experience in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which she gained at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. This proved to be very beneficial for her clients and colleagues asked to be supervised by her.
Deborah remembers ‘meditating’ around the age of seven without recognising what she was doing at the time. When she discovered Vipassana meditation in her early twenties she immediately knew it to be her ‘childhood game’ and naturally felt moved to practice it. In the years that followed she spent much time in Mindfulness courses and retreats.
Despite her academic achievements, her own ongoing personal therapy and her meditation practice, there was still dissatisfaction in her life. Through suffering and a continuous nagging feeling that there was more to see, Deborah continued to seek.
In 2010 she came across the teachings of Eckart Tolle and Non-duality. Here, there was an instant resonance, which led to a profound experiential shift in her perception of reality. Due to this shift, her search for happiness ‘at some point in the future’ naturally fell away, as it was revealed beyond doubt that happiness is our nature and that it can only ever be here and now.
She travelled to Tiruvannamalai, India, to meet with her teacher who led her to deepen this realization. It began to have a momentum of its own which Deborah could not deny, however she continued to practice as a therapist for two more years.
Eventually she decided to take a one-year sabbatical to integrate this realization into daily living.