Denise Betson MClinSci,BA(Hons),Dip.Psy.,Dip.SW

Denise Betson MClinSci,BA(Hons),Dip.Psy.,Dip.SW

Dairy Cottage
TN27 0PR

01233 840622 / 07563607654

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About me

I am a Psychoanalytical psychotherapist. The therapy  is based on the observation that we sometimes try to deal with problems by trying to keep them out of our mind as a way of getting rid of them. However,they will continue to have an important effect on our feelings and behaviour. Early experiences are important in shaping the way the mind works but a large part of our mind operates outside our consciousness. From an early age, we find ways of managing our experiences and this influences how we cope in later life. My aim as a therapist is to help you to gradually come to understand these experiences and make sense of how you have dealt with them. This leads to a process of change, which takes place through the session.

The relationship with the therapist is an important part of the therapy. I can offer a confidential, safe and private place where the unconscious patterns of your inner world can be played out. The safe setting that I create means that emotional conflicts can be relived and new solutions can be found to old problems. This process helps us to identify those patterns of behaviour, which we keep repeating. As we become aware of old patterns, it is possible to change them.

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist,registered social worker and RMN. I have a professional background in nursing, social work and psychotherapy and has been working in the area of mental health for the past 30years.I have experience of working in a range of mental health settings with a range of levels of disability and full range of age groups. I have a clinical practice in Kent with consulting rooms in Ashford and Maidstone. I am available for private psychotherapy, couple counselling, and group psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons)Social Psychology
Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy.
Post Graduate Diploma in psychotherapy
Diploma in Social Work
Certificate in Couple Counselling
Certificate in Health and Social Care
UKCP Registered
GSCC Registered
Member of CCOPP ('Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapists')

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Group psychotherapy


Evening and Daytime appointments available
Subsequent Sessions-£40.00
Seniors in receipt of benefits,Students,retired,unemployed,low income,redundancy and long term sick leave.

Full Fees are due at the end of every session.
Full fees will still be charged for a non-attended booked session.

Further information

Before training as a psychotherapist I worked as a psychiatric nurse specialising in Children and Families. I obtained a post graduated Diploma in Psychotherapy Skills in 1998. I then worked as a psychotherapist in NHS for two years before becoming a joint proprietor of Steppingstone, a therapuetic community and worked there from 1990 to 1999.  During this time I also studied for and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in the Psychoanalytical Study of The Couple Relationship from the Tavistock Clinic and worked as a Relate Counsellor. I went on to train as a social worker and between 2000-2009 worked in a varity of social work settings. During this time I gained a Master Degree in psychoanalytical psychotherapy and returned to working as a psychotherapist in the NHS.

Maps & Directions

Ashford, TN27 0PR

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified