top of page

About

Headshot 3_edited.png

Danielle Bottone

Integrative Counsellor & Therapeutic Coach

Dip. Therapeutic Counselling

Reg.MBACP

 

Danielle is a qualified and registered counsellor specialising in integrative therapy. She uses a blend of therapeutic coaching, person centred and psychodynamic approaches to assist her clients to address areas of challenge, process life events and deepen self awareness.

 

Danielle is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

BACP Logo - 375135.png

Background

I opened my private practice in 2018, and have collaborated with clients from various backgrounds with varying goals for therapy, in particular, I have extensive experience working with millennials from black and mixed backgrounds.

 

I provide workshops, training, therapy consultancy and group therapy in addition to one to one therapeutic work. Mental health conferences, staff training days, retreat workshops and school assemblies are some of the events I have provided therapeutic space and learning for. 

I have over 10 years experience working in the public sector with young people and their families. I spent these years supporting individuals within the social care field in the following settings; children's social care, NHS mental health, private mental health, youth offending, custodial care and drug and alcohol services.

 

Over time, my work specifically focused on trauma informed care within forensic social care and mental health services. I have learned from my time working in the public sector, that trauma informed care and access to culturally competent therapeutic support is highly impactful for change work.

 

My experiences in this field further encouraged me to train as a counsellor and create my own space to provide culturally competent therapeutic support that was trauma sensitive. 

Areas of interest

A large portion of my therapy centres around assisting clients to work through impactful life events whilst making space for their cultural experiences and connecting to their inner child. I have spent time continuing my professional development in these areas through research and professional training.

Let's Get Personal

What kind of therapist are you?

  • I am a relational therapist who is big on connection. It is key that clients can connect with their therapist and much of the healing experienced during therapy is in the therapeutic relationship itself. I am honest with my clients, share perspective when it is welcomed and bring myself into the space as a human first. 

Have you been to therapy yourself?

  • I have been to therapy many times. My first experience of therapy was in university when I was 18 years old and needed a space to speak about challenges in my relationship. I have worked with a number of therapists and see the value in ongoing self work.

What are your strengths and limitations as a therapist?

  • S: I am a therapist who isn't afraid to be human and have found this has been a catalyst for connection in my client work. As I have grown in my career, I understand the importance of representation in this field and existing as a Mixed Black therapist who was raised in South London, drops their 't's every now and then and is happy to wear Dunks to see a client is a strength in itself (although hasn't always felt that way). I see strength in a modern approach to therapy which combines sharing perspective, relating, being real and prioritising cultural sensitivity. 

  • L: I am a free flowing therapist, and have found implementing high degrees of structure, timelines and quantitative methods to be challenging. While I welcome structure in the therapy room and appreciate its usefulness, I acknowledge working exclusively in this way is not my default position.

What do you enjoy most about being a therapist?

  • I enjoy witnessing the process of therapy. The highs, lows, the mundane moments. Years in and it all still fascinates me. I love that while I support my clients through their journeys, I get to live out my own journey simultaneously and that is a big part of what connects us and makes this work real.

bottom of page