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Hello,

Thanks for visiting my website. I’m Dee and I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and children. I have a successful private practice in East Grinstead, as well as working as a counsellor in a secondary school. 

Prior to my private practice I worked voluntarily for three local charities as a counsellor: Headway Tunbridge Wells, Redhill Counselling Centre, Surrey and Carers Support West Sussex. 

I am experienced in helping people with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, low self esteem, illness and relationship problems. My counselling approach is person-centred, which means I will listen to you empathically, respectfully and non-judgmentally. I always put you at the heart of what I do. I will work with you to help you access your inner resources and support you in identifying patterns in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour to make positive changes. You can be the person you want to be, not the person that other people may want you to be. 

I use a psychotherapeutic approach called Transactional Analysis, which is a way of looking at how our childhood decisions can impact on how we see the world and live the rest of our lives. Visit the TA page for more information on this. 

I draw on a range of techniques to suit individual clients. For example I can offer creative techniques such as sand tray, art and creative writing which can help clients access repressed feelings. I also sometimes use CBT techniques to help challenge negative thought patterns. 

What is counselling and psychotherapy? Counselling and psychotherapy are both very effective ‘talking therapies’. Expressing what is on your mind, and telling someone how you are truly feeling in your heart, can be hugely beneficial and healing. Sharing and naming how you feel can help to reduce the intensity of your feelings. Through counselling I will listen to you whole-heartedly, help you access the wisdom you already have and support you in coming to terms with your difficult life events. In offering psychotherapy, I can also help you explore familiar patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and you will be able to make positive changes in your life.

Who has counselling and psychotherapy? People from all walks of life seek counselling or psychotherapy and for all sorts of reasons. You may be feeling low, depressed, anxious, stressed or experiencing difficulty within your relationships. You may have experienced a significant trauma, bereavement or loss, or have lost your sense of self. Everyone is unique and different. Whatever your own personal reason, I can offer you a safe and confidential space to explore what’s going on for you. I can also offer a specific trauma recovery plan to help you recover from specific traumatic events. 

Not sure whether to get in touch? I understand how daunted you may be feeling about reaching for support. I have been there and I understand. You may be wondering whether counselling is right for you, or whether we will be a good fit. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if this is the case. I offer a free initial session where we can meet with no obligation to continue. We can agree to work on a short or long-term basis, depending on your own individual needs, and this is usually weekly. Your sessions would usually be at the same time each week. 

Want to get in touch? Please use the ‘Contact Me’ page to arrange your free first session or call me on 07824 429775. Please leave a message and I will call you back.

I work from Silver Grey Clinic on the A22 (daytimes) and Meridian Osteopath in Railway Approach (evenings). You are very welcome to come and meet me by making a free appointment.

I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you on your personal journey.

Warm wishes

Dee

Denise Longhurst

UKATA Dip. TA Practice (psychotherapy), BA (hons), MA.