Dena Darling CTA, MSc., UKCP Registered

Dena Darling CTA, MSc., UKCP Registered


01394 278887 / 07787 980281

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About me


I see individuals and couples in Felixstowe, Suffolk. I work with clients on a range of issues including relationship difficulties (with partners and also with family members), low self-confidence, jealousy, insecurity, self-esteem, communication skills, self-development and awareness, depression and repetitive patterns of unhealthy behaviour.   I also work with clients who are struggling to come to terms with loss, and others who are survivors of childhood abuse (sexual, physical and/or emotional).

I provide therapy in a friendly and safe environment and offer flexible appointment times. I am happy to send you written information or to respond to questions by email.

I offer a FREE ASSESSMENT consultation to discuss whether counselling or psychotherapy would be useful to you, and to explore whether I'm an appropriate person for you to work with. There is no obligation or pressure to book further sessions - this is simply an opportunity to talk about whether therapy is appropriate and to discuss your options.

I run INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES two or three times per year.  If you have an interest in psychology and want to understand yourself and relationships better, but do not feel that counselling or psychotherapy is appropriate for you, it might be worth considering the TA101 training which provides tools and techniques for understanding, predicting and changing patterns of behaviour.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling (2006)

Masters' Degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (2015)

Registered with U.K.C.P. (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

Member of U.K.A.T.A. (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis)

I did my first two years training in Manchester, and then transferred to the Oxford Centre for Psychotherapy Training for a further five years.   I completed my Counselling Diploma in 2006 and then embarked on advanced training at The Berne Institute in Kegworth where I completed my M.Sc. in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

I'm UKATA Registered (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis) and I'm also registered with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).    I receive regular supervision, I adhere to the UKCP and UKATA codes of ethics, and I am an endorsed TA101 instructor.

I'm a member of the Suffolk Association for Counselling and I have over 4000 hours of experience with clients gained over 12 years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sometimes clients are unable to explain why, exactly, they feel they need help, and sometimes they feel that their issues are too 'vague'.  The following are some typical issues:

"I feel guilty even when I know it's not my fault"
"I'm not sure what I want, but I'm sure life shouldn't be like this"
"I get angry really easily - I'm afraid I might lash out"
"I don't know whether I want to leave my partner or not... I feel confused"
"I'm such a people-pleaser that I don't even know what I want for myself anymore"
"I have to make a decision and I'm scared I'll get it wrong"
"I know my partner loves me, but I still get jealous all the time"
"Everything always seems to be my fault and I'm fed up with it"
"I'm afraid I might have a compulsive personality"
"My partner died over two years ago and I still can't get over it"
"I spend money to make myself feel better, and I'm afraid I'm getting into serious debt"
"I feel anxious all the time"

There are many other reasons why people come into therapy.  If you're not sure whether therapy is appropriate for you then the assessment session is an opportunity to discuss whether it is, and to explore your options.


There is no charge for an assessment consultation - this meeting gives us an opportunity to discuss whether counselling is appropriate for you at this time.

My standard fees are £40 per 60 minute session for individual clients and £50 per 80 minute session for couples.

If you would find the full fee difficult, I offer a concessionary rate (£30 for individual) on certain days.   Please see my website at for full details including prices and terms & conditions.

Further information

I also offer psychology training (the TA101 is the officially recognised introduction to Transactional Analysis), one-off workshops and Personal Development training. Please see the website for further information (

Maps & Directions

Felixstowe, IP11

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I offer daytime and evening sessions. Appointments can be booked for the same day each week, or varied to accommodate shift patterns. Subsidised sessions are only available during the day.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults