David Hayter UKCP; MBACP; MSc. Psychotherapy; MSc. Psychodynamic Counselling

David Hayter UKCP;  MBACP; MSc. Psychotherapy; MSc. Psychodynamic Counselling


01227 250016 / 07952 787028

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01227 250016 / 07952 787028

About me

For the last fourteen years I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Some have come to me in distress, following difficult experiences, some have come to explore where they are in their lives and where they want to go.

Therapy is about you - I am there to support and work with you to explore and to understand, to journey together in a space that is safe and secure.  I have a particular interest in the ways in which people's past affects their present -  but this does not mean we have to talk about your past - you will bring what is important to you at the time.

I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) which is particularly useful for people experiencing distressing images or post traumatic issues.

Although most people will come for a number of sessions you are welcome to come for one session, or for several years. Each of us has different needs and expectations.  Because of this we will talk about your expectations and hopes in the first session.

Most of my work is face to face but I am also able to offer video therapy, using a secure webcam based system. If you are interested in this please contact me to discuss it.

If you feel lost, if you think counselling may help - or if you are unsure - please ring me and we can talk about whether it is the right thing for you at the moment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Kent and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have worked for the past fourteen years with children, young people and adults.

As well as being in private practice I currently work for a charity working with firefighters and am a clinical supervisor for chichester Couonsellign Services. Previously I was Director of the Waymark Counselling Service in Canterbury and a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University for five years. I have also been employed as a counsellor by several organisations, including Barnardo's, Family Service Units and Thanet Counselling Services.

I am a member of UKCP (United Kingdon Council for Psychotherapy); the Canterbury Consortium of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (CCOPPP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within those organisations' ethical guidelines.

I believe that we are all influenced by the relationships we have had in the past, as well as by those we have in the present.  The development, and the loss, of relationships affects how we are able to cope with stress and difficulties.  I work by listening to the issues you bring, sometimes asking questions, sometimes making suggestions. Because these are your sessions you may ignore me, disagree with me or, hopefully sometimes find my thoughts helpful.     

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Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity, self-esteem, confidence, sexual identity, childhood issues, childhood experiences, family issues

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I offer an initial session for £20 - giving you the chance to think about how we could work together, if you think you would like to work together and to talk about the issues you would like to explore.

Continuing sessions usually cost £50.

If you do not think that you will be able to afford this please do contact me and we can discuss it at our first meeting. 

Further information

If you feel that talking to someone might help the next step is to contact me. If I am not available I will contact you back as soon as I am able to.

I will ask you for some information about your address, where you heard about me, and the reason you feel counselling would help.

As soon as I can I will offer you an initial appointment - this will give you the chance to talk in more detail about what is happening for you and to ask any questions you have about the way that I work or counselling in general.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am able to see people on weekdays during the day and in the evenings and at weekends.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am an experienced supervisor, having worked with organisations and in private practice offering supervision to both groups and individuals.

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