Denise Longhurst, UKATA Dip. TA Practice (adults, teens & trauma therapy)
Are you feeling sad, depressed, anxious, confused or angry? Are you struggling with overwhelming feelings or stress? Are you having relationship difficulties in your personal or work life? Perhaps you have always been the strong one and now you find yourself overwhelmed and anxious, unsure who to turn to. Please be assured that you are not alone and help is available to you.
I have a range of experience with people from all walks of life. I have a private practice where I see adults and teenagers. I currently work as a school counsellor in a secondary school where I work with 14-16 year olds. I am experienced in helping both adults and teenagers with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, grief, stress, trauma and low self worth. Many people find relief in talking to me about their feelings and exploring their thought patterns. Clients usually start to feel more in control of their lives and more optimistic about their future, as well as increasing their understanding of their emotions and thoughts.
I am often told I am warm, empathic, safe to be with and easy to talk to. I can provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore what’s going on for you. I will listen wholeheartedly to you, help you to discover your own inner resources and identify patterns in your thinking, feeling and behaviour. I can also use a range of other techniques such as CBT, creative work, mindfulness and creative writing to support you, and these are optional. You can feel empowered to make your own decisions about your future and be the person you want to be, not the person you ought to be, or have always been. I also offer a specific 4 stage trauma therapy treatment plan. Please contact me for more details on this.
I understand how difficult it can be to pick up the phone or send an email asking for support. I would like to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your personal requirements. In this session we can discuss what you would like to achieve and how I can support you with this. I work on a long term or short term basis, depending on your needs, and we can agree this when we meet. There will be no obligation to continue. You may not know at the moment what your goal is, and that is absolutely fine - we can always review this as we go along. Reaching out for support is often an achievement in itself, so well done for getting this far and please do contact me if you have any questions.
I am fully insured and complete regular professional training. I am supervised by a UKCP registered Psychotherapist/Supervisor. I am also a member of professional bodies UKATA, EATA and BACP and adhere to their code of ethics and professional practice.
I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
In summary I have the following training and experience:
- 4 years psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Diploma in TA Practice (psychotherapy)
- Counselling Children and Adolescents Certificate
- Certificate in Trauma Therapy
- Diploma level training in Trauma Therapy
- Diploma in Mindfulness
- Counselling Skills Level 2
- Masters in Creative Writing & Personal Development
- BA (Hons) in English and Creative Studies
The charities I have worked for are:
- Redhill Counselling Centre
- Carers Support West Sussex
- Headway Tunbridge Wells
Since 2018 I have run a successful private practice in East Grinstead.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stillbirth and neonatal death
Acquired brain injuries
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£45 per session for individuals (50 mins). I can offer a reduced fee in some situations, contact me for further details.
£60 per session for couples (60 mins). Usually fortnightly.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have availability on Wednesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, fortnightly and weekly sessions.
Types of client