Thank you for taking an interest in my profile. The choice in counselling services can be very overwhelming and choosing the right therapist somewhat daunting.
I am a therapist who specialises in helping clients who have experienced any type of loss and are grieving. Your loss might be a result of someone close to you dying or perhaps you have experienced loss through a relationship break up, divorce or separation, loss of employment, retiring and losing your identity, loss of friendship or you moved house and feel lost in your new surroundings or perhaps your children have moved out and you are experiencing the empty nest syndrome. As you can see, we can experience many different losses in our lives and they all can have significant impact on us.
Unresolved grief can bring on feelings of anxiety or depression. Perhaps there is guilt or shame surrounding your loss. Let me reassure you that you are not alone. Many of my clients have experienced these feelings and emotions and together we managed to work on the symptoms and made them more manageable.
During our sessions together, we will first look at how grief is impacting your daily life. How you are trying to cope, what strategy is working and what is not. We will also look at ways of how you can grow your life around your grief, helping you ease the pain, find new meaning in life and help you to re-focus. You can, as many of my clients already have done so, live your life and let grief be a part of it in a more manageable way. Your grief will not disappear from your life completely (and many of my clients said they never wanted grief to go away completely, especially when losing someone through dying) but instead you will adapt and learn how to live with your grief. This is probably something you don't want to hear right now, but this is the reality of anyone who has gone through the grieving process. I know, because I have been there myself. Grief comes and goes in waves, but over time the impact of the waves will not be as painful and crushing as it was at the start.
WHAT HAVE MY CLIENTS SAID SO FAR:
(Testimonials shared with client's permission)
"Having suffered four very close bereavements in six months and after a year of trying to deal with it myself I needed help to make sense of it all. With Covid-19 and the restrictions that we all faced I could not go on anymore. I feel very lucky to have found Denisa. Her warm and welcoming nature was just what I needed. I felt listened to, understood and that I was not wrong to feel the way I was. We came to a point where I felt ready to face the world again. I felt happy, confident and would not have recognised the person that first walked into Denisa's therapy room. I 100% recommend Denisa to anyone who has suffered any kind of loss. She has changed my life in so many ways. Denisa is an amazing therapist." (S.P.)
"I immediately felt comfortable with Denisa. When I started seeing her I was in a dark place and I truly felt that I would never get my life back on track. Our sessions helped me to deal with issues that affected me for years but also showed me how to cope with my present day life. I am now living my life again, feeling happy and for the first time ever, I feel happy and content to be me. Thanks so much Denisa." (C.O.)
"Denisa provides a calm and safe environment for our sessions in her home which has allowed me to be able to talk about my worries without fear of judgement. She is always attentive and provides insights without putting words into my mouth. I am very thankful to have reached out to her for my first experience with therapy." (D.A.)
"This was my first time having therapy. At first, I was scared, felt nervous and apprehensive. Denisa, however immediately made me feel at ease and explained the process at my first appointment. Over time I became more comfortable and can honestly say, it's been the best thing I've ever done. Anyone out there, thinking therapy is not for me, go along and have one session. It definitely helped me through the dark tunnel and I highly recommend it." (H.T.)
"Denisa has calm attitude and is sensitive to non verbal clues. She gives off a sense of safety."
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor working in Crawley, West Sussex. I have gained my counselling experience not only working in my private practice but also working for a number of fantastic local charities such as, Carers Support West Sussex, Mind Crawley & Horsham and YMCA Dialogue.
I feel very proud to have been approached by and now working for a local charity and supporting those who have lost their loved ones to suicide. Suicide grief can be more complex and prolonged. Trying to come to terms with all the "Why-s" and "If-s" is not easy. The shock of suicide can be long lasting and often people are not aware of this. Suicide can be a very difficult subject to talk about and it can create tension and uneasiness within the family and friends circle.
Some clients worked with me to improve their emotional well being, sense of belonging and their now low self esteem. Grief can trigger depression in those who are left behind and often the urge to go and be with their loved ones, hence feeling suicidal as a result. Life all of a sudden has lost its meaning and many clients struggle to continue to live the life presented to them. My role is to help clients to come to terms with their new reality, however hard or daunting that might be. My priority is to help clients to readjust their life and to learn how to live with their grief.
- Foundation degree in Humanistic counselling FdSc
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling skills and theory
- NCFE Level 2 Award in helping skills
- NCFE Level 1 Award in interpersonal skills
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I take special interest working with child loss, pregnancy and infant loss and medical termination.
I have done extensive pregnancy and infant loss training as well as training on assisting clients with subsequent pregnancies after loss.
My recent training includes training with David Kessler (who is renowned grief and loss specialist in LA) on Unattended grief, Suicide loss support and Supporting parents through child loss.
Cost & Contact
In order to find out whether I can offer you what you are looking for, our initial contact either via phone or email, is followed by a free introductory session lasting up to 50 min. This session will allow you to meet me and see if my way of working is suitable to you. It also gives you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
My availability and counselling settings:
Day time and evening appointments in Crawley : Monday-Friday (9 am-8 pm)
Fees: £50 per session (duration 50min)
I work from home where I can offer comfortable and confidential space for our work.
I accept cash payable after each session. If you would like to pay via bank transfer, this is payable 24 h before your session is due.
I require 48 h cancellation notice to avoid being charged.
Please be mindful that there are stairs leading up to the property where I offer my day time appointments and that my counselling room is located on the first floor. Unfortunately I cannot provide disabled access. Also I am an owner of a very friendly dog that you occasionally might see or hear.
There is a free off road parking in front of the property. Bus no. 1 stops at Tesco Express which is a two minute walk to my property. Crawley train station is about 20 min walk, however there is a taxi service at the train station and a bus station just opposite the train station should you wish to use that..
Concessions offered for
If you are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans:
Samaritans: 116 123 (free 24-hour help line)
Grassroots: www.prevent-suicide.org.uk (Stay Alive App for smart phones)
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