David Downes BACP (Accred) - Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach/Mentor

David Downes BACP (Accred) - Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach/Mentor

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Suite 14
Station House
Central Way

Red Hill House
Hope Street
Hough Green

01244 940944 / 07535577304

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Suite 14
Station House
Central Way

Red Hill House
Hope Street
Hough Green

01244 940944 / 07535577304

About me

A great therapist who is very approachable and trustworthy. I recommend him to anyone. (a client quote)


: Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK in childhood; that relaxed friendly Irish approach really working for my clients.

Status: Married - three daughters (all grown up now).

Working life

  • Royal Navy - submarines (intelligence/communications). Long tours at sea providing a first insight and strong awareness of human psychological capability in demanding circumstances.
  • On leaving the Navy, I founded a startup IT business based in the North West, leading to the employment of 115 colleagues located in 6 locations, before its eventual sale in the late 90's.
  • Retraining at university as a Counselling Psychotherapist, including four years working within the NHS at two North West based NHS Trusts/Health Boards.
  • College lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Private practice for four years - individuals/couples/groups and corporate clients.


The principal mode of therapy delivery is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for individuals/Couples/Families. Working together, I offer quick access to therapy from five locations within the North West and Wales. You will be seen very quickly and will not have to wait weeks/months.

So you're stuck!

Client Presenting Issues (individual/Couples)

  • Anxieties - Future Worries/Ruminating About the Past - Eliminating/Better Coping Strategies
  • Stress - Work/Relationship/Family/Critical Incident/Meetings - Reduction or removal.
  • Depression - Bereavement/Relationship/Work/Family/Biological/Chemical/Neurological/Dietary
  • Phobias - Agoraphobia/Panic/Spider/Flying...et al.
  • Relationships Problems - Communications and Recovery from.
  • Addictions - Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Sex...etc..
  • Personality Disorders - Aspergers/Narcissism et al - Management and Recovery from.
  • Work Related Issues - Bullying in the Workplace/Return to Work Initiatives/Counselling.
  • Court Referrals - Pre-Trial/Sentencing - Approved Anger Management Courses
  • Critical Incident Stress Desensitization - Road Traffic Accidents, Assaults...etc.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Civilian/Military
  • Alcohol/Gambling/Sex/Drug Addictions - Better Management/Stopping.
  • Executive Business Coaching

Training Workshops (individuals/Groups):

  • Anger Management - Court Pre-Trial/Pre-Sentencing, Relationship Guidance, Management Training, Employee Relations, Family.
  • Assertiveness Training - Becoming confident and stronger at home and in the workplace.
  • Communications - Being more confident and comfortable when you speak at home or at work.
  • Stress - Elimination of or Managing It Better - at home and in the workplace.
  • Critical Incident Stress Desensitisation (CISD) - Inoculation and Recovery from.
  • Pain Management - It can get better - Therapeutic and Pharmacological Interventions.
  • Living with Development Disorders - Aspergers/Autism/Pathological Demand Avoidance/Oppositional Defiance Disorder et al. Understanding and coping better when living with or being a person diagnosed.
  • Redundancy - Transitions.
  • Addictions - A better way of living for individuals and family members.
  • Clinical Supervision - Integrative/CBT

Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) & Human Factors.

I'm also a consultant to businesses in installing and maintaining policies for CSR, targeted towards reducing stress in the workplace and resolving employee conflicts through mediation.

Coaching - So you're stuck (Remote):

We nearly all, at some stage in our lives become hung up on a problem that could benefit from having a brief telephone conversation with a trusted professional therapist. Does it really require you to book an appointment to come in to see me? No, it doesn't. Sometimes just a few minutes of Skype/phone coaching is enough to set a person up for the day or meeting ahead. To meet these client driven needs, David provides a remote coaching service whereby existing clients can access him quickly. It's inexpensive, prearranged and user-friendly.

At Work:`

Coming from a strong business background has provided me with a unique insight into how business law can best benefit employees when resolving bullying and other forms of conflict in the workplace. Why should you pay for work induced anxieties/depression, when its cause is elsewhere. Resolving problems, once and for all, via a combination of a psychotherapeutic intervention and mediation, is often the best way forward.

Insurance Health Providers:

David is an approved psychotherapist provider with: BUPA, AVIVA, PRU HEALTH, WPA, CIGNA AND SIMPLYHEALTH.


DRDOWNES LTD is a registered trading style of David & Rebecca Downes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
EMDR Trained and member of EMDR UK & Ireland
Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) CBT and Transaction Analysis (TA)
PGC - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cert in Neural Linguistic Processing (NLP)
City & Guilds - Teaching/Training
ESOL Level Two Teaching
CAA Commercial Pilot License (Part 114b Passed)
CAA Private Pilot License
CAA Instrument Rating
CAA Night Rating
FAA Private Pilot License
FAA Multi-Engine Rating.
CAA Medical Level Two

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

EAP - Corporate Referrals
Stress Management Workshops
Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
Change Management
People Management
Specialist HR Consultancy
Psychometric Assessments
Transfer of Ownership
Non-Executive Director


Fees vary, depending upon location, service and duration:
On-site in my offices £60-£85
Off-site at yours: on request
Remote Skype/Phone: £6 for 6-minute blocks.

Insured Psychotherapy provider at AVIVA, BUPA, PRUHEALTH, SIMPLYHEALTH, WPA and CIGNA.

*Subject to distance and additional travel costs, external to a radius of 50 miles from the centre of Warrington.

Further information

My wife, Rebecca, is also a Registered psychotherapist with The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Together, we offer relationship couples counselling/coaching in a far more dynamic, real-time sense and mode of therapy, for both partners. It isn't on therapist shuttling between two people, but two therapists working in real-time together on-your-behalf when in therapy, and also outside when planning next steps forward. Together, we are the core of DRDOWNES LTD

Maps & Directions

Warrington, WA2 7TT
Chester, CH4 8BU

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday-Friday, 9am - 6pm, on-site and off. Remote Skype/phone - 8am - 8pm Monday - Saturday, subject to availability.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

David is an accredited member of the BACP and certified Supervisor.

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