David Cole (BACP Accredited)
I’m a counsellor / therapist based in St Albans. You’ll find me easy to talk to and together we’ll work out a way forward that is right for you. You’re welcome to come along for one session to discuss how counselling may help you, without any commitment to continue. I had a career in management before a lengthy training in counselling and psychotherapy, and have always been interested in how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others.
I am an accredited therapist with experience of a wide range of issues. I offer 50 minute sessions, regularly each week, in a safe, confidential setting (consulting room photo below). Sessions can be for a fixed number of weeks, or opened-ended. We will work out what best suits you, and revisit as required as the therapy progresses. I can draw on experience of a number of helpful approaches, including Person-centred counselling, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic counselling, and Attachment Theory.
I provide an opportunity for you to be heard and understood. Through careful and non-judgemental listening I will appreciate things from your perspective. You speak about whatever is troubling you and we develop themes together. You may want help thinking about things in the ‘here and now’, or you may want to explore unconscious emotional patterns which may be keeping you from living life more fully.
Person-centred counselling – I have found this useful in helping people deal with depression and anxiety. In this approach the emphasis is on how you feel about yourself, your sense of self-worth, and the way you relate with other people. Together we work towards you having a greater acceptance of yourself and a better understanding of your feelings.
Mindfulness - This approach is based on the premise that we spend too much of our time either ruminating about past events, or worrying about the future. Using mindfulness therapy I can help you live in the present moment more – experiencing your life as it is actually happening – and we can practice techniques to distance yourself from unhelpful negative thoughts, loosening the grip they have on you and your life.
Psychodynamic counselling – This approach shares the same core principles as psychoanalysis, but is less intensive and more focused on immediate problems, attempting to find a quicker solution. I trained for 5 years in this approach. It seeks to make you aware of your unconscious processes and the way these affect the way you relate and react. Many of our earliest experiences affect us in our present lives and relationships. By uncovering the links with our past feelings and thoughts we can often understand why we unconsciously feel and think as we do now. We would look to understand your unconscious defences. They may protect your feelings from current events which recall previous painful experiences, but if these defences do not work to your overall benefit we can work on how to move on from them.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Person-Centred training in 'Counselling for Depression', University of Nottingham (IAPT Approved Course)
- British Institute of Mindfulness - Professional Training in Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
- Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF)
- Foundation Course in Couples Counselling, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
- Up-to-date DBS Certificate (formerly CRB)
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
£55 per session for individuals, £65 for couples
Easy and ample car parking is available in the street outside my premises.
My consulting room is on the 1st floor, up one flight of stairs (with a hand rail).