David Downes BACP (Accred)- Psychological Performance Coach
“At some stage in our lives, we pretty much all become stuck. Working together, our task is to help you become unstuck”
Background: Royal Navy - Submarines, Managing Director - PLC, Psychotherapist/Coach, Trainer and Public Speaker
Born: Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK.
Royal Navy - submarines (intelligence/communications). Long tours at sea providing a first insight and strong awareness of human psychological capability in demanding circumstances.
On leaving the Navy, became Managing Director of Non-quoted PLC, employing 115 colleagues located over 6 locations.
Retraining at university as a Counselling Psychotherapist, including four years working within the NHS at two North West based NHS Trusts/Health Boards.
College lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Private practice for 7 years - individuals/couples/groups and corporate clients.
The principal mode of psychotherapy delivery is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR/Feeling State work for individuals/Couples/Families. Coaching, mentoring and mediation for business executives are either on a one-to-one basis, or in on-site workshops.
Working together, I offer quick access to therapy from locations in London (Liverpool Street EC2) and Weybridge (KT 13). You will be seen very quickly and will not have to wait weeks/months.
So you're stuck! There's nothing unusual about this and it pretty much happens to us all at some stage in our lives.
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.
Coaching - So you're stuck (Remote):
We nearly all, at some stage in our lives become hung up on a problem that could benefit from having a brief telephone conversation with a trusted professional therapist. Does it really require you to book an appointment to come in to see me? No, it doesn't. Sometimes just a few minutes of Skype/phone coaching is enough to set a person up for the day or meeting ahead. To meet these client driven needs, David provides a remote coaching service whereby existing clients can access him quickly. It's inexpensive, prearranged and user-friendly.
Coming from a strong business background has provided me with a unique insight into how business law can best benefit employees when resolving bullying and other forms of conflict in the workplace. Why should you pay for work induced anxieties/depression, when its cause is elsewhere. Resolving problems, once and for all, via a combination of a psychotherapeutic intervention and mediation, is often the best way forward.
Insurance Health Providers:
David is an approved psychotherapist provider with: BUPA, AVIVA, PRU HEALTH, AXA PPP HEALTHCARE, WPA, CIGNA AND SIMPLYHEALTH.
D R DOWNES & Associates is a registered trading style of David & Rebecca Downes.
OUR NAMES ARE OUR CORPORATE IDENTITY.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
EMDR Trained and member of EMDR UK & Ireland
Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) CBT and Transaction Analysis (TA)
PGC - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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.
My wife, Rebecca, is also a Registered psychotherapist with The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Together, we offer relationship couples counselling/coaching in a far more dynamic, real-time sense and mode of therapy, for both partners. It isn't on therapist shuttling between two people, but two therapists working in real-time together on-your-behalf when in therapy, and also outside when planning next steps forward. Together, we are the core of D R DOWNES & ASSOCIATES.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday (occasional Saturday) 8am - 8pm (finish) External Office/Home Visits
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|