Denise Golding

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MSc CQSW PGDip counselling/supervision/therapeutic arts BACP
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Christchurch, Dorset, BH23
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About me

I am a qualified  BACP counsellor and supervisor and have been practising for over 30 years; I provide individual counselling for adults and young people as well as couple or family sessions.

I specialise in relationship issues and trying to change patterns of behaviour which have become unhelpful over time. I often work with issues related to childhood trauma,  neurodiversity, separation and loss and for many years my work has included adults, young people and families affected by adoption. 

I also offer parent-child sessions and parenting  strategies for parents with children with challenging behaviour including adoption, fostering and autism spectrum/mental health diagnoses. 

I am trained in psychosynthesis counselling and supervision; the psychosynthesis approach explores how thoughts and feelings affect our emotional and physical wellbeing. It considers how past experiences and patterns of behaviour can impact the present and can prevent us from living life to the full. I also draw on other therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, family systems therapy, EMDR and CBT.

I offer a free telephone consultation for us to see whether I am the right person to work with you or whether I can assist you in finding appropriate support for you or a member of your family; please email to request this. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a postgraduate diploma in psychosynthesis counselling as well as a postgraduate diploma in the therapeutic application of the arts.  I also have a diploma in psychotherapy skills with children and adolescents and training in systems family therapy. I am an EMDR practitioner.

I am a qualified supervisor with a diploma in integrative supervision from the Psychosynthesis Trust. 

I am a certified instructor and trainer in the Great Behaviour Breakdown (a parenting model similar to PACE) for parents of children with challenging behaviour). I am trained in Theraplay level 1 and DDP (dyadic developmental psychotherapy/parent-child attachment work) levels 1 & 2.

I am a trained CRUSE bereavement counsellor and have completed Mindfulness training.

I have worked with adults, teenagers and children and families for the past 30 years offering a wide range of therapeutic support on an individual and family basis. I have considerable experience in working with Looked After and Adopted Children and their families, usually commissioned by the local authority.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Looked After Children and Young People (Fostered and adopted)
  • Parents of children with challenging behaviour
  • Adults, teenagers and children who have experienced separation and loss, or childhood trauma and abuse
  • Children/Young adults with ASD Autism/Aspergers Syndrome


£60.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information


£65 per 55 minute session for individuals
£70 per 55 minute session with parents/parent-child/couples
£75 per 55 minute session with families

I can offer some reduced fee counselling (£50) for young people on low income.


£65 per 55 mins/£90 per 80 mins

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Online sessions: Weekdays afternoon and early evening

Face-Face: Only at Christchurch Base- Afternoons only- Availability Variable

Further information

I hope to provide a warm, friendly, safe and relaxed counselling space where you can discuss what may be troubling you and preventing you from living life as you may want to.

I will work with you to explore unhelpful patterns of behaviour or process painful past experiences to bring these into awareness so there may be growth and change.

With regard to parent- child work, I offer you a model of parenting which aims to reduce parental and child stress and increase attachment and positive relationships.

I also offer training (The Great Behaviour Breakdown) and Parent-Child work which can be commissioned via Local Authorities and Companies; please send enquiries to:

Counselling can be short term or long term and we can agree and review this together. I would always recommend that we talk together before we first meet to see whether this form of counselling is right for you (or your family member) and to agree how we would work together.

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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In person

I am an experienced practitioner and have a supervision diploma from the psychosynthesis trust although my supervision is integrative and eclectic.

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