Hello, my name is Denise. I have been a Counselor/Therapist for over 20 years.
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 couple of years. 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. Over the past 5 years, I have been exploring alternative ways of helping people cope with the issues that have led to anxiety, depression, sadness and grief. After reading Bessel Van Der Kolk's book "The Body Keeps The Score," I recognized that the human psyche needs to learn how to release the pain that is stored in the body. I have been taking part in the Eden Energy Medicine program and will share ways to release the pain stored in our body by sharing simple techniques that help to ground and relax the body. I often refer the members I am working with to one of Donna Eden's books that detail many of the techniques that I have been sharing with people.
I encourage you to look for Donna's book, "Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality." Then contact me for questions and guidance on how to integrate these techniques into your life. I do believe that each of us can live with optimal health, joy, and vitality.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life Purpose, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC007638
I have only had two video sessions thus far, but Denise has provided numerous resources, most of which I have been able to apply. She sends me articles throughout the week that she feels may be helpful and answers any questions I may have. It’s just a little difficult to convey all aspects of everything that has happened in my life. There is so much that I haven’t said that contributes to my depression, but I have mainly focused on my daughter that is severely addicted, has mental issues, and is homeless on the streets of Philadelphia with no phone. She’s 25 and has completed 8 inpatient residential rehabs. My husband and I have done everything humanly possible for her, but it is up to her now to make the choice to get help. She knows we will support her recovery, but not her addiction. So, as you see, I am not in control of making my daughter healthy and happy. I can only control how I react. But when it is your child, it is very difficult to control your emotions. That is what Denise is trying to help me with. And she shows great empathy in doing so. I would highly recommend Denise to anyone struggling with whatever is happening in their lives. And you can share my identity, I don’t mind.
Written on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief
Denise Bunner is great! We only got to know each other for a few weeks but she set me up on the right path to find healing in energy medicine. The yoga classes I'm going to be taking will really ease my anxiety and the books she recommended will help me strengthen my skills. I'm so grateful to her!
Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief
Denise is wonderful! She has really helped me as I navigate some very difficult personal struggles with my kids. She is patient and has provided good advice and is a great sounding board.
Written on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Always does a great job
Written on Feb 20, 2022 after therapy with Denise for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Denise has been a lifesaver. She’s very kind, intelligent, empathetic and truly just very helpful. She’s helped me to see things from a different perspective and I truly enjoy our discussions and the advice/guidance provided. She’s very well versed on great reading resources that have helped me tremendously in this difficult process. I’d recommend Denise to anyone looking for a therapist who’s willing to take a genuine interest, gets deeply involved in her skill & knows how to best apply it to situations.
Written on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Denise Bunner listened attentively to my situation and added several helpful ideas for some resolutions and concrete tools/ objectives for me to actively participate iin in order to help me support my upcoming dilemmas. She was knowledgeable, experienced, and supportive of my therapeutic concerns. I look forward to continued therapy with her, helping work through my recent relationship issues.
Written on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with Denise for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and coping with life changes