Dena Adamson

How do you find the right counsellor / psychotherapist for you?

Choosing a counsellor can be difficult. Today, thanks to the number of online-only, low intensity, unsupervised courses and certificates available, almost anyone can call themselves a counsellor. But how can you be sure that they’re right for you?

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 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 am registered to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The BACP register was the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The Register protects the public and helps you find a therapist you can trust. It gives reassurance that a BACP-registered practitioner adheres to high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice. I continue to receive regular supervision from an internationally-recognised supervisor, so you can be assured that you will always receive the optimal therapy given your unique circumstances.

​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 and via Skype.

Perhaps the truest test of knowing if a counsellor is right for you is firstly to take some time to meet with them. 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. 

​Regardless of who you choose, be sure to ask your professional counsellor about their supervised clinical experience, their qualifications and their case history of working with people experiencing the same issues you are. If you would like to discuss my qualifications, and how I can help you overcome your emotional difficulties, please feel free to give me a call on 07973 282824 or email mail at

Counselling or psychotherapy; what’s the difference? 

There are lots of different definitions about what defines a counsellor and what defines a psychotherapist, and the terms are often used interchangeably – particularly on the internet.

However, a key difference is the time factor. Counselling tends to refer to a brief course of treatment that looks at a specific area. Psychotherapists tends to work with someone for a longer time period, sometimes looking at deeper issues.

​Personally, I work in both ways, and use a number of approaches to support and help you through that issues that you bring. I consider myself as both a counsellor and psychotherapist. 

How much does it cost?

Each of my sessions is an hour long. I charge an hourly rate which we discuss when you contact me.

I also offer a number of subsidised places available to those who qualify for them. Contact me to find out more. 

Where are you based?

My therapy room is handily positioned in the centre of Huddersfield, with easy access via public transport.

Please note, I also offer remote sessions via Skype if this is preferable. Contact me for details. 

What are your qualifications?

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Guidance
  • MSc Organisational Development Psychology and Consultancy
  • Transactional Analysis Diploma
  • State registered nurse
  • Registered mental nurse
  • Diploma in Performance Coaching​
  • NLP Practioner
  • Accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapy qualification
  • Accredited 360 degree feedback Coach.
  • Tavistock Training