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About me

Welcome

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.

Next Step

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.

Counselling 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

Chronic health conditions.

Identity crises i.e. who am I?

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Individual counselling sessions (50 minutes) - £45

Initial consultation (up to 50 minutes) - £25

(Concessions considered for low income, please enquire)

Concessions offered for

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

Availability

I'm available during the day on weekdays, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

Further information

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.

The Salvation Army
85 White's Way
Hedge End
Southampton
SO30 2GL

Underhill Centre
76 St. Johns Road
Hedge End
Southampton
SO30 4AF

Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Some Thai language spoken
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I have 2 venues in Hedge End, both have car parks and sites are fully wheelchair accessible.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
David Bradshaw MBACP (Accred) - Helping you find understanding

David Bradshaw MBACP (Accred) - Helping you find understanding