David Pierce-Myers Dip .Psychotherapeutic Counselling Registered MBACP
3 Chapel Street
Do you find that the same problems or difficult feelings return despite your best efforts to make changes? As an experienced qualified counsellor I offer a confidential space for you to be heard without judgement.
I experience counselling as an active, collaborative and creative process. There are no guarantees that working with me with will be the right thing for you. The only way to find out is to try it.
By talking and exploring you can increase your understanding of yourself and your life. I aim to both support and gently challenge you in the process of you developing greater understanding of yourself,helping you to make informed choices and take action to improve your life.
The primary model I use is psychodynamic which means I am interested in how your early experiences continue to have influence on your life and how differences between what you feel and what you think can cause conflict.This may be experienced in the counselling session by exploring feelings, patterns of how you relate to other people and by considering what meaning there may be in unconscious communications and actions.
I also use ideas from Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; particularly if working with addictions.
I work as a counsellor privately and for the NHS. I have been providing professional healthcare for 27 years.I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. www.bacp.co.uk
My past and current work has given me experience of working with addictions, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, trauma, abuse, bereavement, loss, self harm, eating disorders, palliative care, learning difficulties, physical disability, obsessive compulsive disorders and enduring mental health problems.
My background in nursing has been enhanced by a well regarded counselling training and as a NHS counsellor working with vulnerable adults I hold a current DBS certificate (equivalent to its predecessor, an enhanced CRB disclosure).
I prefer to work in an open ended way as it allows time to explore what may not be apparent at first, but I am willing to work for briefer, set periods of time, particuarly if you want to look at a specific issue. There is no obligation for you to continue counselling if it is not meeting your needs. My counselling experience is primarily with adults and I currently only offer counselling to people aged 18 and over.
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. I work from an office in central Chichester which have pay and display car parks and on street voucher parking adjacent.
In addition to the above I appreciate the value that pets and other animals have to people and the importance of the role they can play in our lives. I understand the significance of peoples relationships with their animals and the difficulties involved with the loss of an animal. I am also interested in how our disconnection from the natural world can cause distress and imbalance.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Accredited )2010
Certificate in Psychodynamic Skills and Theory 2008
Assessment of Clients for Counselling 2012
Understanding Relationships (provided by Relate) 2011
Nature as co-therapist, BACP endorsed Keele University Short Course 2015
Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities 1991
Diploma in Mental Handicap Studies 1991
My nursing experience began in 1988 with people with learning difficulties which became more managerial than therapeutic, so in 1997 I moved into addiction work. This included facilitating therapeutic groups and providing one to one support which is where my interest in counselling began. I have also had nursing experience in a palliative care setting.
I counsel for the NHS focussing on addictions and run a private counselling practice one day a week working with a wide range of people.
As part of my NHS work and BACP membership I am involved in continuing professional development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
My fee is £35 per session.
I can be contacted on 07545 144284 or on firstname.lastname@example.org. If leaving a message, please state if it is okay to call back and whether it is okay to leave a message. As I wish to maintain your confidentiality I will not call back without your express permission. I will return your contact as soon as possible but this may take up to 48 hours. Text or e-mail communications will typically relate to organisational matters, altering appointments for example: any therapeutic material developed in these communications can usually be better explored in person. I make every effort to protect your confidentiality when using electronic technologies, but as this is rapidly changing landscape I ask you to help protect yourself my minimising the transmission of personal or private information.
I have an office in central Chichester which is a 10 minute walk from the train station, is close to the Cathedral bus stops and has car parks and metered roadside parking adjacent. The address and map can be found at the top of this page.
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I'm currently unavailable for additional clients but hope to increase my availability soon.