Hello. My name is Dena Adamson.
Whether you are entirely new to counselling and psychotherapy, or you have had previous experience of working with a counsellor / psychotherapist, I extend a warm welcome to you.
Professionally, I am a retired NHS practitioner, most recently working within a local health trust. In total, I've been helping people for over 40 years, with the previous 26 years as a psychotherapist and counsellor. I work using an eclectic model mainly drawn from Transactional Analysis (TA).
I am a registered member of BACP and follow their ethical framework.
I started off my counselling career as a state-registered general and mental health nurse within the NHS. In fact, I've been employed by the NHS for almost all of my career. I moved into a specialist counselling role after undertaking a Masters degree (you can see some of my accredited qualifications listed below). I have been a psychotherapist with a local health trust for the previous five years. In total, I have spent 26 years as a practising psychotherapist within the health service.
I now feel the time is right to broaden my approach and begin to help those who choose to seek help outside of the health service. I am confident that my clinical background enables me to best serve those who are seeking assistance. I work in a number of different ways: in-person sessions at my Huddersfield town-centre based therapy room, and also over the phone / via Skype.
Perhaps the truest test of knowing if a counsellor is right for you is firstly to take some time to talk with them. It’s why I offer a free, short, initial consultation over the phone. I want to learn about you and understand how you came to this point. A personal interest ensures the greatest chance of counselling working in the way you wish it to. I work with you, rather than lecturing you. Ultimately, I entered this profession to help people. This is what still drives me on after so many years in the sector.
Who can I help? There really is no accurate stereotype of who seeks counselling and psychotherapy help. I work with adults (18+) of all ages, male and female, and from all social backgrounds. In fact, the only thing that unites my clients is a desire to take stock, reflect and then progress emotionally. We work on our physical health and strength; why shouldn't we do the same with our mental well-being and embrace positive change?
Why do I help? From the earliest age, I've wanted to help people. It's this influence that made me choose general and mental health nursing at the start of my career. As I've progressed within the field, this desire hasn't abated. I enable a process of exploration, enabling people to find their own path forward to recovery and emotional wellness. Ultimately, it's about seeing my clients lead healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.
My therapy room is handily positioned in the centre of Huddersfield, with easy access via public transport.
To learn more, please do contact me and visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Guidance and Counselling Leeds University, 1993;
UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis Practice Yorkshire Training Centre 2016Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner Level NLP North East, 1995;
Diploma in Performance Coaching Newcastle 2002
In addition I have many years experience in Psychodrama and Interpersonal Therapy.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are as follows:
£50 per 60 minutes.
Discounts available for prepaid block bookings .e.g. 6 sessions £280
Couples £65 per 60 minutes.
I also have a limited amount of concessionary places