David Curl Counselling
There are as many reasons for accessing counselling as there are people - including persistent low mood, anxiety, life changes, relationship problems, and personal development (being the best you can be).
I have worked with older teenagers and adults on a range of concerns; over the last ten years, much of my work has been with mums, dads, and carers - whom I've talked with through my work for youth charities, schools, Children's Centres etc, about family concerns - which can take as many different forms as contemporary families do.
As more than one parent has said to me: "they don't come with instructions, do they?" They certainly don't - and there's often no one-size-fits-all easy answer from a parenting book, either: sometimes the best way is through the open-ended search for answers and perspectives that counselling can provide.
I have also worked with young adults (age 16 to approx. 21) through work with colleges, young people's housing providers etc. These years can be times of excitement and opportunity, but they can be times of great challenge also - I have a naturally relaxed, empathic, non-judgmental style, a good track record, and I enjoy working with this age group.
I wish you well with your search for appropriate help and support, and I look forward to hearing from you if you decide to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Counselling from Fareham College, Hampshire in 2004, following four years' part-time study, a practice placement etc.
Since then, I have worked - both in counselling and in pastoral leadership roles - in youthwork charities, schools, Children's Centres etc (full details on request). At the moment, while practising as a counsellor, I continue to work at Tor School, Glastonbury as their Education & Family Support Worker.
Since qualifying as a counsellor, I have undertaken further training in
- addiction and families
- emotion coaching (as part of EHCAP's offer - Public Health-funded - to local schools)
I have offered short training sessions (30 minutes to half-day) to fellow professionals in schools, colleges etc. in order to share the learning I have gained, for example, about mindfulness and about adolescent development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
worry, preoccupation, low mood, feeling empty, feeling directionless, feeling dissatisfied, family concerns, family decisions, life decisions, men's issues, fatherhood, identity issues, life stage issues, work stress, retirement, LGBT issues, personal development, self-awareness, social media, social media pressures, grandparent issues, grandparent as main carer, friendship politics, intergenerational issues
My usual fee is £10 for the first counselling session (which gives you a no-obligation chance to meet me, ask questions, find out if I'm someone you'd be interested to work with; it also gives me a chance to find more about what has brought you to counselling, and to make sure I'm competent and ready to work with you about this - if it seems I'm not, I'll talk with you about this, and make every effort to match you with someone who is).
My usual fee for each subsequent counselling session is £40.
If you contact me by phone or email, I can send you (by post or email) further information to help you decide whether to book a first counselling session.
I am based in the Mendips, Somerset and offer a choice of times and venues.
If mobility is a challenge for you, I would like to be flexible in delivering counselling in a way that allows you to access it.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am based in the Mendips, Somerset. Choice of venues, times; please contact for further details.
Types of client