David Bradshaw MBACP (Accred) - Helping you find a way forward
Hi, I’m David and welcome to my page, I can offer you counselling where you will feel heard, valued, accepted and safe.
What brings you to counselling?
Are you facing a challenging situation, health issue, circumstances, or life just doesn’t make sense? Maybe you don’t know what to do, how to keep going or you’re questioning your purpose? Perhaps you are feeling unheard, misunderstood, alone, or don’t have anyone to talk to about what’s really concerning you? If so, I can help.
What I offer
I will assist you in exploring whatever is concerning you, helping you to gain insight and a way forward that’s right for you. I’ll do this by really hearing, seeing and understanding you and your unique situation, a process which can be incredibly powerful and beneficial.
Facing my own life challenges has resulted in me being empathic towards others who are experiencing theirs, whatever they may be. My life’s journey and professional experience qualify me to accompany you on your voyage of exploration and clients tell me they feel very safe with me.
Benefits of counselling
Some of the possible benefits for you could include feeling more valued, understood and accepted, resulting in increased awareness, self-worth and autonomy which can lead to you making informed choices without being told what to do.
The most important aspect in therapy is the relationship with your counsellor.
To find out if I'm right for you then please contact me to arrange a free 15 minute phone chat where you can tell me something about your situation, ask me any questions and see if you'd like to go further.
Following that the next step is a no obligation counselling session at an introductory rate. This doesn’t commit you to further sessions.
Sessions last an hour at an agreed time with you, however the number required and frequency varies from person to person depending on individual needs, this will be discussed with you. You are not committing to a set number of sessions and I encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
Due to Coronavirus I'm currently only able to offer counselling online (via Zoom) or phone, however in my experience this can be very effective.
If you’re interested in exploring counselling with me or have any questions then please get in contact by phone, text or email, I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
I’ve been listening to people most of my life and have worked with a wide range of issues in a variety of settings within Social Services and the Voluntary Sector, both in this country and overseas. This includes working one to one, in groups, with young people and adults.
Even if you don't find your particular situation listed below that doesn't mean I can't assist you, please contact me.
My key qualifications include:
- Qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist
- BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- DipHE Person-Centred Counselling
- Bereavement Care - Cruse
- Qualified Social Worker - CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work)
- Qualified Youth and Community Worker - Youth and Community Work Certificate
I’m an insured and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their ‘ethical framework’ and participate in regular supervision and ongoing training.
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
Chronic health conditions.
Identity crises i.e. who am I?
Concessions offered for
Individual counselling sessions (50 minutes) - £45
Initial consultation (up to 50 minutes) - £25
(Concessions considered for low income, please enquire)
I'm available during the day on weekdays, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.
I have a personal interest in spirituality, mindfulness, meditation and energy work and can bring aspects of these into my counselling if required.
Having faced my own life-changing events I know how difficult it can be when everything you’ve taken for granted is removed and you are left facing a void. There’s a saying in counselling that you can only accompany a client as far as you’ve gone yourself, so having travelled to the depth of my own identity I feel able to accompany you as you face your situation.