David Downes

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BACP (Accred), BABCP (CBT), EMDR UK, HeartMath Coach, UKAAN
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London E14 & Chester CH4
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About me

At some stage in our lives, we pretty much all become somewhat stuck, with just under a third of us going on to be mentally diagnosed, as such.

I’ve spent many a year based in the heart of corporate London - Canary Wharf and in Chester, psychologically treating and coaching some of the most stressed people back to a better state of mental health and living. 

No matter whether you’re freshly tenured or a season trader, in admin or accounting, or are at senior executive level - it happens to us all! Depression, anxiety, or burnout, are the norm. You might have been recently mauled/stabbed in the back by a colleague or senior management. A relationship is in trouble/over, or you’re just not coping well with the lot - you’ve had enough! Come talk to me, I’m close by and very experienced in psychological and coaching matters, having been one of you. I understand it from the inside and out.

Background: Royal Navy - Submarines, Managing Director - PLC, Psychotherapist/Coach Trainer.

Psychological Practice:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR/Feeling State, HeartMath Coaching for individuals/couples.
  • Coaching, mentoring and mediation on a one-to-one basis, or in on-site workshops.
  • Speciality: ADHD/ASD - Neurodiversity (individual support and corporate policy design/implementation training.
  • Resident on-site psychotherapist for one major Canary Wharf Public Company.

Client Presenting Issues (Individual/Couples):

  • Anxieties - Future Worries, Ruminating About the Past - Eliminating, Better Coping Strategies.
  • Stress - Work, Relationship, Family, Critical Incident, Meetings - Reduction or removal.
  • Depression - Bereavement, Relationship, Work, Family, Biological, Chemical, Neurological, Dietary.
  • Phobias - Agoraphobia, Panic, Spider, Flying... et al.
  • Relationships Problems - Communications and Recovery from.
  • Addictions - Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Sex... etc.
  • Personality Disorders - Aspergers, Narcissism et al. - Management and Recovery from.
  • Work Related Issues - Bullying in the Workplace, Return to Work Initiatives, Counselling.
  • Court Referrals - Pre-Trial, Sentencing - Approved Anger Management Courses.
  • Critical Incident Stress Desensitisation - Road Traffic Accidents, Assaults... etc.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Civilian/Military.
  • Alcohol, Gambling, Sex, Drug Addictions - Better Management/Stopping.
  • Executive Business Coaching.

Training Workshops (individuals/Groups):

  • Anger Management - Court Pre-Trial, Pre-Sentencing, Relationship Guidance, Management Training, Employee Relations, Family.
  • Assertiveness Training - Becoming confident and stronger at home and in the workplace.
  • Communications - Being more confident and comfortable when you speak at home or at work.
  • Stress - Elimination of or Managing It Better - at home and in the workplace.
    Critical Incident Stress Desensitisation (CISD) - Inoculation and Recovery from.
  • Pain Management - It can get better - Therapeutic and Pharmacological Interventions.
  • Living with Development Disorders - Aspergers, Autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance, Oppositional Defiance Disorder et al. Understanding and coping better when living with or being a person diagnosed.
  • Redundancy - Transitions.
  • Addictions - A better way of living for individuals and family members.
  • Clinical Supervision - Integrative, CBT

Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) & Human Factors.

I'm also a consultant to businesses in installing and maintaining policies for CSR, targeted towards reducing stress in the workplace and resolving employee conflicts through mediation.

EAP Insurance Health Providers:

David is an approved psychotherapist provider with: BUPA, AVIVA, PRU HEALTH, AXA PPP HEALTHCARE, WPA, CIGNA and ALLIANZ


D R DOWNES & Associates is a registered trading style of David & Rebecca Downes.


Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • EMDR Practitioner and member of EMDR UK
  • Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) CBT and Transaction Analysis (TA)
  • PGC - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • UKAAN Trained
  • Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cert in Neural Linguistic Processing (NLP)
  • City & Guilds - Teaching/Training
  • ESOL Level Two Teaching
  • CAA Commercial Pilot License (Part 114b Passed)
  • CAA Private Pilot License
  • CAA Instrument Rating
  • CAA Night Rating
  • FAA Private Pilot License
  • FAA Multi-Engine Rating
  • CAA Medical Level Two

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

UKAAN trained in ADHD diagnosis and onward referral.


Additional information

Fees vary, depending upon location, service and duration:

  • On-site in my offices £90-£120
  • Off-site at yours: on request
  • Remote Skype/Phone: £9 for 6-minute blocks.

Insured Psychotherapy provider at AVIVA, AXA PPP HealthCare, BUPA, PRUHEALTH, SIMPLYHEALTH, WPA and CIGNA.

*Subject to distance and additional travel costs, external to a radius of 20 miles from the centre of KT13.

When I work

Monday - Friday (occasional Saturday) 8am - 8pm (finish) External Office/Home Visits

Further information

Nearly one in six people are neurodiverse, with a significant number undiagnosed. 

Working with clients specifically suffering from these conditions, I advocate on their behalf with GP’s, specialist psychiatrists and employers, in diagnosing and installing reasonable workplace adjustments.

Neurodiversity - ADHD, ADD, ASD…etc., is a sector of mental health and coaching I specialise within, having received targeted training from United Kingdom Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN). Not only do I work one-to-one in assisting those in need being diagnosed, I also work with employers in designing and implementing (training) their HR Neurodiversity policies

Suit 3727, 37 Floor, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AA

1st Floor Management Suite,, Regus Business Centre, Broughton, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 0DR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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