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MBACP, Relationship Counselling for Individuals and Couples

About me

About me , a brief overview -

I like to encourage an informal friendly approach. I often start by helping to identify any root issues or patterns that might be hindering your progress, then work with you to find the practical ways that will help bring about the changes that can move things forward.

I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I knit together a range of ideas and techniques that I have gathered from 25 years of working in the Therapeutic field. I work with most issues that people seek Counselling for, like anxiety, depression and life changes, but the area that I specialize in is around Relationship. This may be for individuals who are experiencing challenges that they wish to work with around partners, family or work, or in relationship to themselves, like self-esteem, identity or purpose.

I work a lot with couples, helping with tensions, blocks, intimacy, communication and difficult repeating patterns that can benefit from fresh perspective and reflection.

How I work, can be generalized by breaking it down into 3 areas..

Talking - helps to unjumble the big glob that it sometimes feels like when we get overwhelmed or stuck. It's lovely to express freely with no judgement then we can lay things out and start to get some perspective, and I help with insights, feedback and new approaches.

Management and action - We may discuss ways to help deal with stress, anxiety, or difficult feelings. I help you create a plan for change that you can start acting on. This might be in new ways of communicating our needs and feelings, or creating boundaries. You might try things out and then come back where we can review how things went and anything that came up, and then make adjustments to practice.

Inner work - For individuals that want help in healing the past, or with deeper issues, such as patterns of difficulty that keep repeating, (which often comes up in relationships).

Or it may be issues of a more existential or spiritual nature, such as life changes, finding ones purpose, or help to embody your true Self. 

We may be carrying past events, and finding it difficult to move on, or we may be affected by old beliefs systems that seem to hold us back from the life we are now trying to create.  I help in unravelling the past, and finding fresh perspective, and provide the right tools and processes to help you move forward in a new way.

This is never pushed, and we always discuss it to find the individual way of exploring things.

So, I hope that you choose to work with me. If you would like to find out more , you could check out my website at davecastle-counselling.co.uk,  or see below.


Practical stuff

I work from a quiet and cosy private room in Totnes.

I also work online, by zoom, or by phone. I have worked a lot online since the covid situation began (initially by necessity), and am pleasantly surprised as to how it well it works. Sometimes clients themselves may be a little nervous of working online at first, and I like to think that my informal approach helps to set people at ease quickly.

I am available for daytime and evening sessions.

You set the pace and determine the frequency of sessions, and how many.

If you need to ask any more questions, to find out how things work, we can have a short, free confidential chat over the phone.  If you are ready to start working on stuff, we can do a full session straight away.

How much?

Individuals -

Low waged, and Single parents -  £35,    Higher waged  £40

Couples£40-£50 depending on income


How to contact

You can Email using the button above or call 0789 0288 345 .

You can also check out my website at davecastle-counselling.co.uk

If I am not available, you can leave a message, and if you are comfortable in leaving a contact number then I will call you back a.s.a.p.

Thanks,

Dave Castle

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
  • PGCE Plymouth University
  • BA Hons Plymouth University
  • Facilitator of mixed Talking Groups for over 20 years.
  • Facilitator of Mindlfulness in Movement workshops for 20 years.
  • Previously a Family worker for several years.
  • I am a qualified Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher.                                                        This is useful for being able to share breathing, relaxation techniques, and energy exercises if you want.
  • I have an Enhanced DBS check.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Additional information

See above

When I work

Daytime and evenings

Totnes, Devon, TQ9

Exeter, EX1 1QT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations