Dave Neame, BSc (Hons), Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP,
My passion is providing a person-centred non-judgemental and empathic relationship whereby clients can feel safe enough to make some sense of their past or make positive changes to the present. Maybe you would like to live your life in a more fulfilling way and are looking to counselling to access increased self-worth and a more empowered lifestyle. Or perhaps you're simply feeling sad and have lost your direction.
I understand only too well how individuals can feel anxious, confused and depressed. Living can appear difficult in a seemingly judgemental world. Maybe you are struggling to meet the demands of your manager at work, or endlessly attempting to attain to what society views as the ideal body - or perhaps living up to the expectations of friends, family and loved ones. Sometimes we try to regain some control and this results in addictions and unhelpful behaviours. Life can seem heavy-going and unfair at times and sometimes we can become bogged down and need a little help. Counselling can be just what we need to reduce anxiety, connect with our inner-self and regain some balance in our lives.
A lot of my work has been with clients experiencing issues relating to low self-worth, and I am informed that my calm way of being enables clients to feel safe to explore their hurt and pain. Empathy, realness and being non-judemental are not techniques that I merely bring to work - they underpin my integrity.
My name is Dave and I am 61 years old. I spent most of my life in Thanet before relocating to East Sussex in 2003. I decided to work in social healthcare in 2004 after accessing therapy myself, I believed that I had something to offer in the way of helping others. Hence, I often feel able to relate to what my clients are experiencing in a very real way.
This has led to many years of experience of working with organisations supporting adults with a history of addiction and mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and low self-worth. Through this I have a BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling with personal development and training in a wide variety of skills. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What I do
The way I work is underpinned by the person-centred approach, and my aim is to provide a safe empathic and non-judgemental relationship whereby you will be able to process your feelings and explore a more positive way forward. I believe that we each have the necessary tools within us to make any changes and become the person that we would most like to be.
I believe that our counselling sessions will enable you to gain a fresh perspective on the way you live your life, helping you to feel more empowered and with a greater sense of control.
Deciding to have counselling is a brave step, and I am happy to talk through any concerns and questions during an initial session as I understand that you need to find the right therapist for you. Both short term and open ended therapy are available. You are welcome to contact me by email or by telephone. I am easily contactable on my mobile, and I will call you back if I am otherwise engaged.
Therapy sessions are usually every week, but can be tailored to suit your needs. They last for 60 minutes and are confidential. I abide by the code of ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (upper 2:1) University of Brighton
Tutor - Wealden, Eastbourne & Lewes Mind
I have 14 years of qualifications, training and personal development which I will happily show upon request. I provide therapy and facilitate workshops for organisations working alongside issues relating to mental health and addiction. A few of which are listed here:
Promis Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Clinic
The Kenward Trust
Wealden Eastbourne and Lewes District Mind
BreakEven (subsidiary of GamCare) Gambling Addiction Support
Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI)
Care for the Carers
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in issues relating to addiction, and I experience consistent positive outcomes working alongside individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, often resulting in a loss of personal empowerment and low self-esteem.
Within my time working in the care services I have a lot of experience working alongside carers experiencing issues related to caring for loved ones and family.
While working for the Kenward Trust in Tonbridge, I received personal commendation from Kent Probation Services in 2010 for my work with prolific priority offenders.
£40 per full hour
Reduced rate for trainee counsellors
I am a member of First person Plural (FPP) in relation to dissociative identity disorder (DID)