Denise Bunner

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Hello, my name is Denise. I have been a Counselor/Therapist for over 20 years.

I got a late start in my career as I chose to go the route of being a full time wife and mother before going to school. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996. My undergrad degree was in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.

My career began in 1997 with Family Services working with families where issues of abuse were present in multiple generations. We used a team approach to work with family members separately, then brought them together for reintegration once each member had experienced healing. I then spent 15 years in the prison system in Pennsylvania, again working with men and women who have experienced various types of trauma. In addition to trauma related issues, I spent a great deal of time helping inmates to deal with their grief after they experienced a loss of a family member on the outside. As one might expect, inmates experience a great deal of depression and anxiety as well as other mental health issues. I transitioned back to the community in 2013 where I was employed by a public mental health agency. I took on the role of supervisor of the agency's forensic unit where I had oversight of the operation of this program and also continued to work with individuals who had mental health issues after being paroled from the prison system. I retired from this agency with the idea of going into private practice, then accepted a temporary position as counselor/therapist for a rape crisis center. This position again put me in the role of working mostly with women who have experienced trauma.

Through my years of experience, I have found that a client centered approach is often the most effective. Each client's story is unique and I want to have the opportunity to hear their story before going forward with a specific style of therapy. I listen with compassion and then review with the client the key points of their experience. The goals for treatment are then created with the client based on what they feel would be not only beneficial, but easily attainable. Counseling can be hard work, and so I want the client to feel that the goal they are working toward can be possible.

All of us have heard the phrase, "these are unprecedented times." Yes, we all have been introduced to extraordinary change in the past 6 months. As a clinician, I am always searching for new ways of helping myself, my family and my community to work with the changes we are experiencing. Change is difficult for many people, but with help, I feel that each of us is capable of making whatever change is necessary to create a better tomorrow.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 23

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #PC007638 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Reviews

Written by F.R. on Apr 07, 2021 after counseling with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Denise is great. She really listens and looks for ways to help you through the roughest ordeals.

Written by M.I. on Mar 13, 2021 after counseling with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

My counselling is going very well.

Written by E.M. on Mar 01, 2021 after counseling with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Denise is very kind and understanding. She listens and sends me motivational tools. I love her energy and the energy work she shares with me.

Written by D.I. on Feb 18, 2021 after counseling with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Denise listens to what’s going on in my life and areas I need help with. We discuss ways to improve how I can work with things.
She is very understanding and enlightening.

Written by A.L. on Jan 06, 2021 after counseling with Denise for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

There are so many fantastic things to say about Denise. She will adapt to what style works best for you! Denise encourages creative thinking and looking at situations from different perspectives. I was unsure of doing counseling at first and after my sessions with Denise I recommend it to everyone! She is very professional and personable. I am so glad to have gotten matched with her!