When I was younger I was helped through a difficult time in my life by some counselling. Years passed and slightly disillusioned by modern life and "big business" I took some time and studied counselling as a way to offer similar help to others. Travel forward to today and since 2008 I have been a BACP qualified Counsellor working in a small private practice. I achieved my BACP Accreditation in 2011.
My style is that of quiet patience. I am interested about the people sat with me and extend warmth and compassion in a gentle way so we can work together to find the right solution for you. Everyone starts somewhere and I'm here to help you start the way that is right for you.
"Just come and talk to me", you should use that as a catchphrase a client told be no to long ago. "Essentially that's what I do when I come to see you but it's not like talking to friends."
So, come and talk to me and lets see if I can help?
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling, studied at Guildford College of Further and Higher Education, awarded by Greenwich University. I qualified in 2008 and became a full BACP member.
My training in Integrative Counselling takes aspects of Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal theories and allows me to offer the client a therapy that works for them and is individual to them.
I completed my BACP Accreditation in early 2011.
As a Professional Counsellor I take part in regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) days so my knowledge and experience is constantly updated. Some of the CPD days I have attended include;
Sand Tray work
Solution Focused Therapy
Borderline Personality Disorder
I am experienced with a wide range of client issues both from my work for The Counselling Partnership (a local charity, previously called the North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership) as well as my private practice. It's difficult to list the issues I have helped with as often the issues the client comes to talk about may progress into other, sometimes more core, issues.
Typical issues I deal with include Depression, Anxiety, Bullying, Loss, Identity, Panic attacks and anger management. Many of these are entwined so don't worry if you feel like you carry many of the above with you.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Any aspect of your life that doesn't "feel quite right" can be dealt with in Counselling. I am always happy to discuss whether I think I can help, either on the telephone or face to face.
I offer a FREE 30 minute initial meeting
My normal rates for a 50 minute session are:-
£50 for 9:00am until 5:30pm
£60 for 8:00am or after 6:00pm
£70 for Saturday morning
If the above fees seem out of reach I am happy to discuss them with you.
Counselling can sometimes feel very daunting so please call me to discuss any questions you might have.
Tuesday to Friday 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 11AM
“I was first referred for counselling by my GP, a few years ago, this is when I first met Dave.
The counselling I received has been so valuable and has given me new found strength. I now feel I have the tools in place to cope with events that life brings to me. Dave had an amazing ability to listen to my confused thought and make things a lot clearer for me. My counselling sessions with Dave have stood me in good stead, the knowledge he has is amazing and I have an immense amount of respect for him. Through working with Dave, my life is in better place.”
“I can’t really put into words the benefits I have got from my counselling with Dave”
“Having developed stress and anxiety due to workplace bullying, a friend who teaches counsellors recommended Dave to me. His friendly but professional approach, combining excellent academic knowledge and an empathetic style, proved highly effective. We soon identified what the underlying issues were and ways to resolve them. I am now well on the way to being my old self, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dave to others.”