David Waters MA (Dist.) Registered MBACP (Accredited)
07989 584 993 / 07989 584 993
I work with couples and individuals and offer short term and open-ended contracts. You could be seeking help around anxiety, stress, anger, low mood, depression, addiction, sexuality, loss/bereavement, relationship difficulties, a sense of meaninglessness, work problems, bullying or low self esteem. This is not a definitive list. We will work together with what you need help with, whatever it might be.
In my work I use psychodynamic, C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, and humanistic approaches to help you gain greater self awareness and relief from suffering.
After a positive experience of being in psychotherapy myself after the painful loss of a partner, I was inspired to train as a therapist myself and offer this potentially life-changing relationship to others.
I am also a writer and I have been on the teaching faculty of Alain de Botton's School of Life since 2010. At the School I teach classes and workshops on love and relationships, the art of conversation, calmness, death, confidence, work-life balance and realising your potential. My work at the School promotes growth through personal development and increased emotional intelligence.
My private practice is in central London, Bayswater, W2. My therapy rooms are just moments from Queensway and Bayswater tube stations.
Sessions are 50 minutes and are held at the same time and place each week.
Our first meeting (the assessment) will give you a sense of working together will be like. It will also give us the chance to help you find exactly the right therapy for you. We will then form a contract agreeing the time, day and number of sessions - this can be revised and adapted as our work together develops.
I bring all of my academic, clinical and rich life experience into the work that we'll do together. Therapy is a unique healing relationship that is profoundly important as it offers us the chance to manage our lives in healthier and more meaningful ways.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling was BACP approved training and I have a Distinction in my Masters Degree.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I work according to the BACP ethical framework. I am listed on the national Register of counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am a Faculty member of The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com/) where I teach classes on how to be calm, how to make love last, spending time alone and how to realize your potential.
I have many years experience and have worked in the voluntary sector as a bereavement counsellor and in the NHS as a member of the Counselling and Psychotherapy team at Kings College Hospital. My continuous professional development (CPD) has recently been focusing on CBT for depression, addiction and working with couples.
I have written on love, relationships, addiction, meaning and families for many publications including the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers.
I have a rich life experience which informs my work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The search for meaning. The loss of direction in life, looking to find a new map or model of how to live. I work with couples and individuals
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
First assessment sessions cost £65 for individuals, £75 for couples. Subsequent sessions are £55 between 10am - 5pm, £65 5pm - 7pm for individuals. Couple sessions are £75.
I am an experienced, calm and able therapist. In a quiet, safe, confidential environment I will help you explore those parts of your life which are causing you trouble and distress. We will work together helping you towards a place of greater self awareness and relief from pain. You are not alone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work with clients between Mondays and Thursdays inclusive 10am to 7pm. I can also arrange sessions via Skype and/or telephone.
Types of client