Hi, I'm Dave and I'm a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor.
Integrative means I combine different models of counselling to suit your individual needs, counselling is a unique experience and one size doesn't fit all. I'm a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework.
What I aim to provide is a safe environment for you to explore any area of your life.
I write this advert not just as a counsellor seeking work, but also as a client. 10 years ago I was sat on this very website seeking a counsellor myself, and from this I personally experienced a successful life changing experience due to the process of the therapeutic relationship I received. Such was the impact of this on my life, I decided to become a counsellor myself.
Although I'm an integrative counsellor, I'm also very solution focused, what can be done differently, be that thoughts, feelings or behaviour and how can we achieve these things.
Life can be difficult but that doesn't mean we have to be unhappy, often fear, anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness can lead us to disconnect from what as humans we are all searching for, the ability to connect.
My counselling room is situated in my garden, gardening and counselling plays a big part in my life and as such I try to combine the two, counselling takes place in my counselling room but the garden is very private and through the summer months the garden can be used too.
I offer a free telephone consultation and a free 20 minute initial consultation, this would be to explain what counselling is and the process, commitment and fees involved. Sessions are confidential and the aim being to build a therapeutic relationship that can lead to change
Often the hardest step is the first step, making contact. But that first step can lead to you healing and recognizing your inner strength and ability to change your situation.
Over the years I have studied alternative therapies too, be that meditation, breathing techniques and how the mind and body are connected, often poor mental health can result in poor physical health. This is something that can be explored further in sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling.
- NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling.
- NCFE Level 4/5 Foundation Degree in Counselling
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation is free and sessions are priced at £30 and each session is 1hr.