Denise Mendes BSc, Dip Couns, BACP accredited member register No 092716
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. As an experienced practitioner, I recognise the individuality of each client and tailor therapy to suit the needs of the person in a safe, comfortable and respectful environment. My practice includes working with individuals, couples and older adults on a variety issues such as bereavement, loss, relationship problems, confidence building, self-esteem, stress and anxiety management in a variety of settings including the NHS. voluntary organisations and private practice. Working as a practitioner for MacMillan, and I now have considerable experience of working with health related issues associated with cancer. I have also worked at HMP Wakefield for women facilitating group work on building self-confidence and delivering courses/groups on managing stress and anxiety at the Well Women Centre.
Currently my practice involves working in private practice, providing counselling for Employee Assistance Programmes and as an associate counsellor for a charitable organisation I am also a qualified lecturer with considerable experience in delivering counselling courses in different centres.
How do I work?
I value the uniqueness of the individual and how our experiences have helped shape the person that we have become, and that each person's needs are very different. Respecting, being non-judgemental and accepting of the client are at the heart of my practice, but I also work in a flexible way by integrating aspects of other models to enable us to work together more effectively, and thereby ensuring your individual needs are being met.
Working as a humanistic/integrative practitioner, it is my aim to provide a safe, confidential and sensitive setting to enable your counselling journey to begin. Working therapeutically, I will support and work alongside you in enabling you to have a deeper understanding of your issue and how you may make changes, achieve an aspiration or develop a greater sense of well-being in your life.
It is important that you feel comfortable and safe with me before committing to the process of counselling so I offer a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs and expectations. Within this initial session, we will establish if I am the right person for you and what you are hoping to achieve within the therapeutic relationship. This relationship maybe short term and solution focused or you may want to explore your experiences and feelings at a deeper level which can involve counselling for a greater length of time, either way, it is your choice and we will work accordingly.
Where and when do I work?
In the first instance you can either call me on 07786681944 or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial appointment, and I can offer day-time or evening appointments. My premises have ample parking and have good links to Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling 2005 - Joseph Priestley College Leeds
BSc Therapeutic Counselling 2006 - Leeds Beckett University
Diploma in Stress Management Distance Learning 2007- The Stress Consultancy
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 2010 - Huddersfield University.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the Code of Ethics of the organisation and comply with the requirement for CPD which I find invaluable in developing my practice. I regularly attend training events and meetings to ensure I am consistently developing my knowledge and skills as a therapist. I also research and develop courses and having previously been a lecturer in counselling, I have always maintained a rigorous approach to deepening my knowledge of developments in the counselling world.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 50 minute session is free
Individual counselling is £45.00 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling is £50.00 per 50 minute session
I also offer a concessionary rate of £30.00 per 50 minute session for students on counselling training courses and concessions for key workers