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Denisa White FdSc, MBACP , bereavement therapist

About me

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 bereaved clients to heal safely from their grief without experiencing further trauma. To go through grief is painful enough. Not knowing how to deal with grief can inflict further pain, confusion and conflicting feelings and emotions.

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 experienced perinatal loss. The loss of a child through still birth, miscarriage or neonatal death can be very traumatic experience. There is a higher risk of complicated grief especially after termination of a pregnancy due to foetal abnormality. The feelings of guilt and shame are not uncommon and very difficult to bare.

I also worked with clients who lost their loved ones to suicide. This is yet another very complex grief. Many clients who have been bereaved by suicide and worked with me described feeling utterly shocked, living in disbelieve, feeling confused, isolated, ashamed and somehow as a failure. They felt that they failed their loved one because they didn't see suicide coming. They didn't see the internal battles that their loved one must have been fighting.

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.

There is no time limit to your grief journey.  Bereavement is not a choice. We walk this journey unprepared, unaware of what feelings and emotions will hit us along the way.  We find ourselves on a quest of finding new ways of how to live our lives with new, different meaning. When I embarked my own grief journey I felt lost, I had no support and 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 and 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. My priority is to help clients to heal from their grief. To heal safely.

My qualifications:

  • 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

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I take special interest working with bereaved clients, child loss, pregnancy and infant loss and medical termination.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

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 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.

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

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Useful links:

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)

Black dog: video on Depression:

Crawley
West Sussex
RH11

Crawley
West Sussex
RH11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages No

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Stairs leading to the property. Therapy room is on the first floor.

Availability

Day time appointments: Monday-Friday(9 am-3pm) Evening appointments: Wednesday & Thursday (5pm-8pm)

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Denisa White FdSc, MBACP , bereavement therapist

Denisa White FdSc, MBACP , bereavement therapist