Denisa White FdSc, MBACP , bereavement therapist
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 working with grief. I work with individuals who are bereaved, who experienced profound loss and the sense of a void in their life.
Through out my counselling career I have worked with many different clients and their individual stories of grief. I have supported clients who came to see me because they lost their child. I worked with clients who lost their loved ones to suicide. I also worked with clients who cared for a loved one with terminal diagnoses. It was those clients who described their loss as double loss. First loss is the loss when their loved one got their diagnoses and second time the actual death of a loved one.
Grief and the grieving process can be very complex. Each client is individual and so is their grief. Therefore my work as a therapist is to be guided by you. Support you the best I can on your journey of grief. The grief process can trigger many feelings and emotions. It all can feel so overwhelming.
You might feel pressurised by friends and family who expect you to be doing better by certain period of time. Unfortunately, there is no time limit to grief.
My own individual journey of grief is a prime example of this. It has taken me 10 years to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. I had no support back then and I had no idea that to feel guilt, rage and pain are completely normal emotions to experience. It is not uncommon to fall into a deep depression after experiencing loss.
It was this profound experience of my own grief that created the passion in me to support others who might be going through a similar experience.
WHAT HAVE MY CLIENTS SAID SO FAR:
"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.)
"You helped me to understand myself better. Thank you." (W.T.)
"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 - The Lucy Rayner Foundation - supporting those who 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.
- 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I take special interest working with bereaved clients, child loss, sibling loss, loss of a parent or a partner or with clients facing their own death.
Cost & Contact
In order to find out whether I can offer you what you looking for, our initial contact either via phone or email, is followed by an assessment session.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 appointments in Crawley : Monday-Thursday (9 am-3 pm)
Fees: £45 an assessment session (50 min)
£45 counselling session (50 min)
I work from home where I can offer comfortable and confidential space for our work.
I accept cash or cheque on a day. 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.
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..
Evening appointments in Ifield, Crawley : Wednesday & Thursday (5 pm- 8 pm)
Fees: £50 an assessment session (50 min)
£50 counselling session (50 min)
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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