David Downes BACP (Accred)- Psychological Performance Coach

David Downes BACP (Accred)- Psychological Performance Coach

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5th Floor
Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue
City Of London

Suite 11
The Villiers
Gower Road
KT13 0EA

03300 011037 / 07535 577304

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About me

“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.

Status: Married

Working life:

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.

At Work:

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.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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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.

Further information

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

London, EC4Y 0DA
Weybridge, KT13 0EA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme