About me

Hi, I'm David

Skilled and experienced in working with a wide range of issues I qualified as a therapeutic counsellor in 2002, being awarded the CPCAB Diploma in Person Centred / Integrative Counselling.

  I will provide a warm and accepting space where you can feel safe to explore any issues in your life without fear of being judged. I firmly believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is not only paramount in the counselling room, but vital for the client to feel safe enough to begin taking the first tentative steps towards change, and moving forward with his or her life. For this reason I offer the first introductory session free of charge, to offer you the opportunity to discover if I am the counsellor for you.

I have been kindly described by clients as being 'real', being down to earth, and as someone who 'gets it', and though I do not have all of the answers I strive to help people to find theirs.

I acquired over 20 years of experience  working with local Addiction and various support Services in Derbyshire and within Community Mental Health. I recently resigned from local alcohol services as I felt that due to sweeping changes and cuts I could no longer remain an effective and helpful counsellor for those clients who approached us.

I provide ongoing counselling support to two local 'Lighthouse' supported living establishments and run a small and successful private practice. I also work for EAP Services.

If you feel I could be of assistance to you don't hesitate to contact me, please call or email me and we can look to set up an initial appointment

I welcome EAP and Insurance referrals.

I am fully insured, and meet all Supervision and Professional development requirements

As a registered member of the BACP my practice is guided by the Ethical Framework For
Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Training, qualifications & experience


CPCAB Diploma in Person Centred /Integrative Counselling 2002

IANPC  Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy              2017

Trained to the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards [DANOS] 


I have over the years trained in Motivational Interviewing, Sex and Sexuality, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Node Link Mapping, Solution Focused Therapy, Psycho-social Interventions, Community Reinforcement And Family Training [Craft], Trauma.

Continuing self development


Specialised counselling support to Individuals struggling with their alcohol and drug use, and working through the many associated problems that often arise including generalised  anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobias and depression. I have also provided one to one counselling and group support for family members affected by a relatives alcohol or drug use.

I struggled for many years with my own addiction issues and came into counselling as a 'wounded healer' - There is nearly always something positive to be found from negative situations and my own struggle and subsequent recovery has given me an in depth understanding into the issues surrounding alcohol dependency, and the many associated conditions related to it.

Until recently I was supervising key workers from the Veteran Service 'Stand to' who offer support to all ex-service personnel in Derbyshire. and also provided counselling to these veterans when required.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • I have provided one to one and group family support for those affected by anothers substance misuse since 2001.
  • I have provided supervision to key workers supporting armed forces veterans
  • I provide ongoing counselling support to two local 'Lighthouse homes' which promote independent living.
  • The provision of counselling to ex military personel.
  • Trained and experienced in trauma, PTSD and DBT [Dialectical Behaviour Therapy] an approach evidenced to be helpful for those struggling with personality disorders [BPD]and increasingly being utilised in other areas such as addiction

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£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Introductory / assessment session free of charge.

My fees are £40 for individuals / couples, family members, and each session is one hour in duration.

Concessions are available for student / placement counsellors, and those with a limited income.

Telephone counselling is available on request. I also offer online counselling.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Daytime and evening appointments available, also regular weekends.

Further information

I have a counselling room in Bolsover where I offer a safe, welcoming and confidential space, not far from junction 29 and 29a of the M1.

It would be possible to mutually arrange a nearer or more convenient venue if needed.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Parking is available at the front of the premises


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Though not a BACP qualified Supervisor I have provided mentoring and Supervision duties within my Service, and in my private practice for a number of years.

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David Bell

David Bell