John Davidson MBACP (Snr Accred.) - Individual & Relationship Counselling
I focus on helping people to develop the resilience to better cope with and enjoy life, to have a sense of well-being whatever difficulties they may face.
The common troubles - anxiety, depression & relationships: Anxiety, depression, and unhappy relationships are usually symptoms of deeper troubles. And while medication and brief therapies might ease our symptoms for a while, it is normally only by exploring more deeply that we can discover and address the causes. This develops our inner strength and so sustainable relief.
The approach I use: I work using the well-proven psychodynamic and integrative approaches. At times I adopt cognitive and behavioural approaches, the latter particularly with couples and people with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Working alongside my clients, together we explore their situations and the difficult feelings. We discover how these have been shaped by past and present experiences. And, as well as feeling stronger, it is common for them to foster and improve relationships in a way previously denied.
My counselling/supervisor summary: I began counselling/psychotherapy work over 20 years ago with individuals and groups in the workplace. For 15 years I was a senior counsellor and assessor with Gloucestershire’s largest counselling agency. Today I work in private practice, both counselling and supervising, and as a clinical supervisor for Listening Post in Cheltenham.
Where I am based: My counselling room is in the village of Coates; 5 minutes drive from Cirencester, and 15 minutes from Stroud and from Tetbury. It is also within easy reach of Burford, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Lechlade, Malmesbury and Swindon.
How ethical is my practice?: I have senior accreditation (MBACP Snr Accred) awarded by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics. I am also on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP).
In addition, clinical supervision: I am also a clinical supervisor, supporting counsellors with a range of counselling disciplines, e.g. psychodynamic, person-centred, solution focussed, gestalt, integrative. I supervise both student and experienced counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling - Early training with Gloucestershire Counselling Service, gaining both a Diploma and a Graduate Award in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I have over 20 years experience which includes working with individuals, couples, work-related and retirement issues, Asperger's Syndrome, critical incidents, and faith issues.
Supervision - Training and qualifying with Southampton Counselling Service.
I have substantial experience of working with counsellors, both students and qualified, and with a variety of counselling models, mainly psychodynamic, integrative, person-centred and solution-focussed.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Religious faith issues, particularly those associated with Christianity and the church.
- £40.00 per 50-minute session for individuals, with some concessions for those on low income
- £60.00 per 90 minute session for couples.
- £40.00 per 45-minute sessions and £60.00 per 90 minute sessions. Concessions possible for students counsellors.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8.30 a.m. onwards Monday-Friday, with some evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor currently supervising counsellors from psychodynamic, person-centre, gestalt and solution-focussed backgrounds.View supervision profile