Denise Mendes BSc, Dip Couns, BACP registered member No 092716
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I have been a practitioner for over 12 years and have provided support and therapy in different settings including the NHS, private practice and voluntary organisations such as Cruse, and the Well Women Centre, Wakefield. My current practice includes working at MacMillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Counselling Therapy Solutions and private practice in the Leeds and surrounding areas. I have experience of working with a wide variety of clients and their issues, and my specialisms include bereavement, loss, relationship problems, confidence building, self-esteem, stress and anxiety management, and health related issues. 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. 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.
I work with adults, older adults, couples and groups, For any more information on my approach, please feel free to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling 2005 - Joseph Priestley College Leeds
BSc Therapeutic Counselling 2006 - Leeds Beckett University
Diploma in Stress Management Distance Learning - The Stress Consultancy
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 2010 - Huddersfield University.
As a 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Initial 50 minute session is free
Individual counselling is £40.00 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling is £50.00 per 50 minute session
I also offer a concessionary rate of £25.00 per 50 minute session for students on counselling training courses
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client