David Piner MA/PGDip MBACP AccCOSRT
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM JUNE A LIMITED NUMBER OF FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS WILL BE OFFERED. DETAILS WILL BE SENT ON HOW SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REGIMES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. ALL OTHER THERAPY SESSIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE CONDUCTED ONLINE
Individual psychotherapy - Couples/relationship therapy - Psychosexual therapy
I offer individual and couples counselling and have many years of experience working with clients on a wide range of issues; I am also a qualified sex therapist. I am a member of the BACP (MBACP) and an accredited member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and abide by those code of ethics. I have completed both an MA, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy and Diploma in Advanced Couples Therapy
Working with a qualified therapist can help you gain insight and control, move forward and grow. Together we can work towards solutions when you feel stuck, unhappy or are in crisis or simply want to explore an issue in your life.
I have experience working within the NHS and charitable organisations as a psychotherapist and psychosexual/relationship therapist including Whipps Cross University Hospital and Chelsea and Westminister Hospital (56 Dean Street sexual health clinic).
I have trained with the Couples Institute (USA) for one year under its founder Dr Ellyn Bader Phd author of 'In Quest For The Mythical Mate' and 'Tell Me No Lies'. The institute takes a developmental approach to relationship work drawing on different therapeutic approaches. I was with the Institute for a number of years and now train at the advanced level.
I have two practice locations:
London EC2: Located in the heart of the City of London and well served by public transport. Stations nearby include Old Street and Shoreditch (7 mins), Liverpool Street and Moorgate (10 mins). The area is well served by public transport and in easy reach of Hoxton, Hackney, Islington, Farringdon, Barbican, Aldgate, Kings Cross and the West End.
Kent CT5: On the north Kent coast in Whitstable and just over an hours drive or rail journey from London.
I am located just a 5 minutes walk from Whitstable train station, the harbour and town centre. There is dedicated parking if coming by car. Whitstable is well served by local buses, rail and road and so is easily accessible from Canterbury, Herne Bay, Faversham and the rest of Kent.
Online: I offer online appointments to clients across the UK using different digital platforms: Zoom, FaceTime, Skype.
I take an integrative approach that incorporates a number of therapeutic schools of thought, including humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in a therapeutic plan designed to meet your needs. The therapeutic relationship is boundaried, confidential and non-judgmental and is the basis from which I will facilitate a process for you to explore your situation and bring about change if necessary. This is done through support, empathy, challenge, analysis and interpretation. This may involve looking at the impact of your past and present circumstances. The process will increase your awareness of, and responsibility for your situation, which will give you choice and enable you to shift your situation while working through any defences and resistance to change. You will be free to explore thoughts and feelings, positive or negative, and use the relationship to explore your authentic self without danger of rejection from myself.
In addition, I work as a Clinical Supervisor offering supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors. I have a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision. I hope to add value to and support therapists professional development. If you are a counsellor or psychotherapist looking for supervision, please feel free to contact me. I supervise therapists privately, at the mental health charity MIND and trainee counsellors at the University of East London. As well as general supervision, I can offer supervision to counsellors and therapists working with couples, clients with relationship diversity and psychosexual issues.
I am a qualified teacher and teach students and qualified therapists. Teaching and training experience is detailed below.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy (3 years)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (2 years)
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (2 years)
Certificate in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (1 year)
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision (1 year)
Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust: Covid19 Frontline Staff Counsellor
MIND: Clinical Supervisor
Canterbury Christ Church University: Student Counsellor
Kent County Council: Staff Counsellor
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: Psychosexual Therapist
Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust: Psychotherapist
London Diploma Low-cost clinic: Assessor
London Friend: Counsellor & assessor
British Red Cross: Psychosocial Support Delegate - Part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Rapid Deployment Team. Providing emotional and practical support to British nationals caught up in disasters overseas. Postings include Sri Lanka (Tsunami); Egypt (Dahab bombings); Cyprus (Lebanon evacuation); Saudi Arabia (Coach crash)
Naos Institute: Advanced Couples Diploma: Lecturer
London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy: Lecturer and Reflective Group Lead/Tutor
British Red Cross: Psychosocial Support Trainer
University of East London: Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy: Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bereavement trainer
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual and couple therapy: £70-£120 per session
Clinical supervision: £50-£60 per session
I offer a limited number of discounted sessions