David is a qualified integrative counsellor who trained at UEA and The Minster Centre. He is a BACP member who emphasises the relationship, working collaboratively to find resources to work through his clients’ issues.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Affairs and betrayals
- Ageing and retirement
- Anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Dissociative disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Loneliness and isolation
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Masculinity and men’s issues
- Perfectionist traits
- Physical abuse
- Relationship difficulties
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Traumatic childhood
- Work-related issues
Types of client I see
- Older people
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Languages I speak
- Room 3 at 37–41 Gower street, WC1E 6HH
Types of therapy I offer
- Attachment-based psychotherapy
- Body psychotherapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
- Person-centred psychotherapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Relational psychotherapy
My approach to therapy is relational, so I view the relationship between therapist and client as a vital aid to growth and self-discovery, so that we may work together to uncover your innate resources and also the notice where there might be blocks to healthy relating. My first counselling training was person centred, which puts you, the client, at the centre of your own process of healing and growth. I also hold an integrative training, which means I draw on several established therapeutic approaches, guided by your needs and what feels appropriate. These might include:
- body psychotherapy (getting in touch with bodily sensations in order to understand ourselves more fully)
- attachment-based therapy (understanding how the relationship with our primary caregiver has affected our adult relationships, confidence and self-esteem)
- psychodynamic therapy (using recent findings in the field of neuroscience as well as the psychoanalytic tradition to understand how our early experiences play out in our current life)
I have a keen interest in the healing potential that comes with growing plants and spending time in nature, and my counselling work is consistently informed by this knowledge. I’m acutely aware of our shared ecological crisis and the affect it has on all of us, consciously and unconsciously.
If you are interested in having counselling with me, I suggest writing a short email introducing yourself and outlining what’s brought you to consider therapy at this time in your life. I will reply suggesting times when we might meet for an exploratory session. If we are both in agreement that working together will be beneficial we can arrange to meet regularly.
I usually work with adults on a weekly basis and in an open-ended way, though sometimes a shorter period of counselling is appropriate. We can consider this option if a more solution-based approach is needed instead of a longer exploration of deep-seated issues.
Training, qualifications and experience
My first training was in person-centred counselling and listening skills at UEA.
I also have an Integrative Counselling Diploma from The Minster Centre, and am currently working on a dissertation for my Psychotherapy MA/Advanced Diploma.
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Student member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Code of ethics
I adhere to both BACP and UKCP ethical codes.
My approach to therapy honours difference and diversity in background, culture, spirituality and sexuality.
Fees and availability
My fees for a 50-minute session:
- initial exploratory session: £40
- thereafter: £65
I offer a few low-cost slots by agreement – please enquire.
Currently I am working on Thursdays and Fridays.