Denise Longhurst MBACP - 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 also work as a school counsellor in a secondary school where I work primarily 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 Trauma Therapy
- UKATA Diploma in TA Practice (psychotherapy)
- Counselling Children and Adolescents Certificate
- Working Therapeutically with Teenagers
- Certificate 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.
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.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stillbirth and neonatal death
Acquired brain injuries
£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.