Denise Dunstan BSc (Hons) MBACP
Hello, welcome to my profile.
I am an experienced psychotherapist and personal development coach.
With over nine years experience in the field of mental health and wellbeing, I have had the opportunity of working with individuals from all walks of life, including children, young people and families.
I have worked in a variety of settings, which include, private health organisations, local authorities, educational units, and adult mental health services, in addition to managing my own private practice.
Throughout my profession, I have worked with individuals with a variety of problems with living; for example, ways of relating with others, past and present trauma and issues with self-esteem and self-worth.
I am currently offering services via online video meetings, allowing for convenience and flexibility non-dependant on your location. I hope this will make my services more accessible to all during these uncertain times.
I work with men and women who want to work through their emotional challenges and live a more emotionally balanced life.
I also offer a personal development program; a twelve-week program tailor-made to your individual needs.
(Please send me an email if you would like more information).
I provide a confidential, safe and supportive, professional service. My services are aimed at facilitating change for individuals who are ready to explore and work through any of the related concerns and challenges listed below:
Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, family issues, relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, affairs and betrayal, abuse, addiction, self harm, separation and divorce, loneliness, isolation, feeling sad amongst others.
What should you expect from our sessions?
During our sessions you will gain insight of your self and an understanding of how you relate to other people and life in general. With a clear insight of self you can begin to make positive changes to the way you relate to self, others and behaviour patterns which no longer serve you.
Identifying and changing old behaviour patterns
Increased self esteem and confidence
Improved psychological wellbeing
Improved sleep and physical energy
*As reported by clients feedback.
During my career, my experience of working with men furthered my interest and understanding of male-dominated issues. Consequently, I provide a specialist service for those whom are challenged by a variety of issues such as;
Living up to the stereotypical masculine persona.
Issues with relationships/relating to others. This may extend to mothers or early care givers, wives/girlfriends and daughters.
I work within the guidelines of the ethical framework set by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. The focus of my work is to relieve emotional distress and promote psychological wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Integrative Counselling from Roehampton University and have had specialist training in:
Narcissistic/Cluster B Personality Disorders.
Disturbed and Disturbing Behaviours.
A Psychodynamic Perspective on Depression and Suicide.
Psychodynamic Perspective on Self-Harm.
Psychodynamic Perspective on Working with Children and Adolescence.
Obesity and Eating Disorders.
I have extensive experience in working with individuals with weight management issues, using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to achieve positive changes.
I am professionally trained to work with young people and have managed counselling clinics set within secondary schools for the London Borough of Ealing.
My commitment to my profession is demonstrated through my continual training and development.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a three month online personal development program, which is tailored to support and coach men in personal areas of their lives.
For more information, please send me an email.
Additionally, I work with clients suffering from:
- Personal growth and development issues - feeling stuck and unfulfilled
- Sexual and intimacy difficulties
- Sleeping problems
- Lack of meaningfulness of life
- Self-esteem related issues
Concessions offered for
Online counselling via Skype or Zoom £80 per meeting. During the COVID-19 pandemic I have reduced my fees to support individuals during financial uncertainty.
The first three meetings are free for NHS workers.
The duration of each meeting is 50 minutes.
If you would like more information about my 3 month personal development program, please send me an email.
*Concessions are available for people on a low income.
Please contact me for current availability.
Online meetings are available via Skype, Zoom WhatsApp video.
I work open ended, therefore, my clients decide the number of meetings they need.