Howard Davis MBACP (Accred). Wild Mind Counselling
Welcome. My name is Howard, I am an experienced mindfulness-based gestalt counsellor and I offer quality, affordable, indoor and outdoor counselling in Peckham and Dulwich in south east London. I invite you to have a read through of my counselling profile and if you would like to arrange an initial session please contact me.
How I work
For each of us, there are times when we feel stuck, depressed, lost, hopeless and anxious. Perhaps we've gone through or in the midst of a major life transition - a change of career, the breakup of a relationship, the death of a friend or family member, or a disturbing health diagnosis. Or perhaps we're exhausted, confused, or unsure of what is truly being asked of us. We sense the potential to feel more connected, more alive, and more intimately engaged with ourselves, others, and what is possible; we know we have something to offer to this world, but we can't quite access it.
As your counsellor, I will work in relationship with you in a gentle way to build the support and mindful techniques that will allow you to more subtley and skillfully be with the pain, suffering, vulnerability, fear, anxiety, stress and worry that life brings. I offer an attuned, empathic holding environment, a healing place where together we can unfold, illuminate and transform your felt experience. Working relationally to bring about an increased resonance with present moment experience, I seek to offer an enhanced sense of belonging and a greater self-aware choosing of our actions and attitude.
As your counsellor, I bring the heartfelt alchemist’s skills of a gentle befriending, a responsive compassion, an appreciation of what is and a rooted being in the midst of things and work upon the ‘base metals’ of awareness, authenticity and receptive listening to compassionately open towards the alchemic ‘gold’ of an appropriate response.
What to Expect
The method of counselling I practice is integrative and centred upon mindful awareness. The process of self-awareness is akin to taking a step back from the story of ourselves, thereby allowing observation of our, often habitual, actions and behaviours. With greater self-awareness there also arises a compassion towards parts of ourselves we usually resist and push away. This mindful ability to hear and befriend yourself can lead to a greater sense of equanimity and acceptance.
I offer myself as a counsellor to you, especially if you
- want to explore and clarify specific personal problems
- are experiencing a life crisis
- are interested in personal development and growth
- are suffering from chronic emotional problems
My Counselling Room
My indoor counselling practice is a bright, calm therapy room in Peckham (SE15) easily accessible from both East Dulwich and Peckham Rye stations. Please see my website for full details.
My outdoor practice is held in Dulwich and Sydenham Woods and local parks in the south east London area. Taking counselling outdoors can have a restorative effect on both our physical and mental health. My interest in outdoor therapy began 20 years ago in the vast cloud forests of Colombia where I worked as a volunteer at an ecological commune run by an intrepid group of primal scream therapists. Having travelled widely, I had already spent a few years living in nature on the Greek island of Crete. As a Londoner, I grew to appreciate the simple, yet whole, lifestyles of those I met and began to be aware of the therapeutic benefits I was receiving. There is no fitness requirement needed to benefit from outdoor counselling.
I offer an introductory session where we can both decide whether we would like to work together with no obligation if you do not wish to continue. I also offer remote sessions via Skype. Please send me an email or text/call if you would like to find out more.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified counsellor and a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, MBACP (Accred). I abide by their ethical framework of respect, integrity and beneficence to work in the best interests of my clients at all times.
I have a Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling (Goldsmiths, UoL) and a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling (The Gestalt Centre).
I have also completed a BPS accredited Core Process Psychotherapy Diploma in Relational Mindfulness (Karuna Institute).
I am a passionate practitioner of the Chinese internal martial art of Ba Gua Zhang. I am qualified to teach Qi Gong and basic structural body balancing having studied over a number of years with the Institute of Contemporary Qi Gong in east London.
I lead 8-week group process courses in Embodied Mindfulness and Mindful Compassion.
I am a member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors (CAPO) and Ecopsychology UK.
I hold a BA (Hons.) degree in Modern Arts (Kingston) and bring an experiential and playful zen inspired creativity to the counselling process.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Self confidence, working with low self-esteem
- Self awareness,
- Assertiveness, expressing anger in ways that can be received
- Stepping into our power and authority,
- Self compassion,
- Self acceptance,
- Outdoors therapy,
- Wild therapy,
I offer an initial introductory session of 50 minutes duration with a fee of £30. This allows us to meet and for you to see how I work and whether I am the right counsellor for you with no obligation to continue.
If we choose to proceed, I offer weekly 50 minute sessions. My fees are:
£40 at Copleston Road - daytime sessions (before 5pm)
£50 at Copleston Road - evening sessions (after 5pm)
£30 in Dulwich & Sydenham Woods and local south east London parks
£40 via Skype.
I seek to offer affordable fees and do offer concessions, please ask.
See my website for further details of fees and locations - http://savannagh.com
I see my role as being to facilitate and support you in your process to discover, embody and befriend that which is essential and connected so that you may live as fully and deeply as you wish.
I welcome persons from all sexual orientations, sex and gender identifications, abilities, religions or no religions, races, and ethnicities.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday, 8.00am-8.00pm
Types of client