Debbie currently practices as a High Intensity CBT Psychotherapist with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She also delivers training on trans awareness and working therapeutically with gender diversity, is involved with several research projects in the fields of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the needs of trans people, is a Director and Psychotherapy/Counselling lead with LGBT Charity: OutREACH Cumbria and sits on the board of Cumbria Pride. In the past she has worked as a counsellor in LGBT and drug and alcohol settings and with the Research & Development Department at Cumbria Partnership. Before entering the field of psychology and psychotherapy she worked for 22 years as a Mechanical Design Engineer and Project Manager.
Debbie joined the board of Be: Trans Development at its inception in December 2016 because she believes in Be’s mission to educate, inspire and empower trans and non-binary people to build better lives for themselves. She is also passionate about the need to educate authorities, business and the wider public to understand that trans people have the same rights and value as everyone else, and that a rigidly binary gender system negatively impacts all of us unnecessarily.
Debbie holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Mechanical Engineering.
Debbie identifies as a genderqueer trans-woman and her preferred pronouns are she/her. She was born in Carlisle and currently lives in the Penrith area.