Denise Gillespie MBACP

Denise Gillespie MBACP

17 Johnston Court
East Riding Of Yorkshire
HU17 9GF

The Ellesmere Centre
861 Holderness Road

01482 888742 / 07549225926

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17 Johnston Court
East Riding Of Yorkshire
HU17 9GF

The Ellesmere Centre
861 Holderness Road

01482 888742 / 07549225926

About me

Myself and my practice

My introduction to the world of counselling happened at a time when I  was very depressed and struggling to cope with my life. My doctor recommended counselling; I found the experience of being in therapy so life enhancing that I was motivated to train as a counsellor so that I could support others in understanding themselves and their difficulties and also to enable them to recognise how they might make enhancing changes in their lives.

Initially I became an NHS Primary Care counsellor and then 19 years ago I started up in private practice. Over the years I have had training and experience of working with most types of difficulties that we all struggle with during our life time.

I work in both Beverley and Hull.

Both locations have off road parking and regular bus services.

My working hours are from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and some Saturdays (in Beverley).

Training, qualifications & experience

Formal Qualifications

BA (Hons) Applied Social Science.

Diploma in Counselling.

Further Training and experience

Relationship issues
Anxiety and depression
Post Traumatic Stress
Work Related Stress
self harm
Cross Cultural issues
Assertiveness and Confidence building
Relationship Counselling
Personality Development
Attachment Theory
Working with Perpetrators and Survivors of Violence and Aggression
Domestic Violence
Sexual Abuse
Art as Therapy
Transactional Analysis
Substance Abuse
Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour
Issues Relating to Childhood

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cross cultural issues
Violence and aggression


£40 per session. Reduced fees may be available under certain circumstances. Please feel free to enquire.

Please note

There is no charge for cancellations when 24 hours notice is provided.

Further information

I first started learning about the theories of talking therapies when I joined a training group in Transactional Analysis (TA), first at Bristol University then at Plymouth Polytechnic. During my time in Plymouth I became involved in the organisation of regional and national TA events. I have undertaken courses in  Personality development, anger management, Depression, Domestic violence  Self harm, addictive personalities, Neuro linguistic programming, person centred counselling, and other talking therapies.

Having been brought up in Beverley, I moved back to the area in 1997. I joined the Humberside association of Counselling and after several years involvement was voted in as chair. Post-qualifying as a counsellor I became an NHS Primary Care Counsellor. Post graduation I worked for the probation service followed by two years as an NHS Primary care counsellor. During this time I also worked part time as a private practitioner.

In 1997 I became a full time counsellor in private practice, working with self referring and self funding individuals. I also worked as a prison counsellor, and employee assistance counsellor. My practice was chosen by the local NHS Primary Care Trust to provide a pilot scheme of  primary care counselling across Holtemprice. Later I was awarded the contract and recruited and managed a team of thirteen affiliate counsellors working in GP surgeries, and also from my practice in The Megan Suit Hallgate Cottingham, counselling NHS patients.

Currently I work as a sole practitioner, many of my clients  are self-referring but I also see people through employee assistant programs, an organisation that provides counselling for people experiencing gambling issues and service users of  a local community centre, (where I work without charge) and referrals for statutory and voluntary agencies.


Alongside of my counselling practice, between 2004 and 2011 I qualified and worked as an Adult education tutor teaching counselling and helping teach basic literacy skills and subjects relevant to adults with learning disabilities.

Maps & Directions

Beverley, HU17 9GF
Hull, HU8 9BA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme