I am Dave Harrop and I am a qualified counselling psychotherapist.
You have already made the decision to do something to help you change and improve certain aspects of your life, this decision is a very positive step forward.
My role as a counsellor will be to help you understand the thoughts and behaviours you are currently experiencing or those of someone close to you. The counselling I offer: listening carefully, without judgement, and then working alongside you in a safe, confidential and supportive way to explore what you might want to change and how you can achieve this.
You are unique, and therefore it is important for us to work together to enable you to understand your own feelings, thoughts and actions, and those of others. For example, you may be feeling stuck, angry, sad, criticised, insecure, misunderstood or hopeless. Any of these feelings can be changed once the roots have been identified and alternative patterns of thinking explored.
In order to give you the most effective therapy, it’s important that there is a collaboration between myself and you to shape the therapy to your specific needs. Within the consultation, if you wish, we can discuss other elements from other therapy modalities that may be useful to help you accomplish your wants and needs during our time together.
Sometimes some of us find it challenging to express our emotions and feelings. There are a number of possible solutions which could help to facilitate the process. I make available plain paper and coloured pens or I use emotive cards, which can be very useful in unlocking those deep internalised feelings and emotions.
In addition, I have worked in the health and fitness industry for 10 years, this means I can offer you my knowledge and experience to help you potentially make effective adjustments to your physical activity and eating habits. This is proven to help improve general wellbeing and mental health.
Sometimes if a session has been particularly hard going for you, I do offer grounding techniques at the end to help prepare you to go about the rest of your day.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
- Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- QNF Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sport and Fitness Studies
- Certificate of Training at the Samaritans
It is important as a therapist to take part in continual professional development (CPD). Below are some of the short courses I have undertaken:
- Working with Dissociative Disorders within Clinical Practice
- Understanding Dissociative Disorders
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Suicide Prevention Workshop
- “Tight Ropes and Safety Nets” Counselling Suicidal Clients
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- Solution Focused Therapy
- A Pluralistic Approach to Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Exploring Creative Counselling Inteventions
- Using Creative Interventions in the Counselling Room
I have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
I am registered (reg. number ZA549565) with the Information Controllers Office (ICO) under the data protection act 2018.
I have worked as a counsellor for the past five years in the voluntary and private sectors
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial 30 minute assessment £20
Subsequent sessions are then charged at £50 for 50 minutes
Payments are preferred to be paid in advance. Payments can be made using my online payment system, by bank draft or in cash at the beginning of the session.
I understand that sometimes people may be unable to make it to the session, for various reasons such as, not feel physically well, feeling overwhelming high levels of anxiety or being away on holiday or with work.
If one of these is the case, I am happy to have a call over the phone or an email conversation, both of which will be for 50 minutes like a normal session and charged the same.
Online counselling & VR Therapy for Phobias will be available in the coming months.
Please contact me for more details
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and evening sessions, availablility can be discussed once contact has been made
Types of client