COVID-19 Update (updated 1st April 2020)
Having consulted the BACP Ethical Framework, and considering the impact of this pandemic on my existing clients, I wanted to advise that I am continuing to see clients, both existing and new. Sessions have now moved to remote video and I am using ‘Zoom’ for online sessions. This software is more stable and secure than other platforms. We can talk through any concerns you have about security and confidentiality using this method of working.
Hello, my name is David and I am committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where together we can talk things through.
Our work together can be on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I am experienced in helping clients with a wide range of issues.
Offering a humanistic approach, my theoretical orientation is Existential, integrating Person-Centred and Gestalt ideas.
This means my work is rooted in the ‘here-and-now’ of how we live our life. Past experiences and relationships are explored in terms of the impact they have on the person we are today.
Working this way encourages an honest exploration of attitudes and assumptions alongside the free expression of feelings and opinions. But for this to happen the relationship I develop with clients remains of the utmost importance throughout my work.
I have trained and worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for several years in a number of settings, for charitable organisations and in private practice. The work has given me the opportunity to meet with adults and young people presenting with a wide range of issues, and to support them in making the changes that can help improve their lives.
As well as working in private practice, I’m also a Director and therapist at Male Survivors Berkshire, providing support for survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, and working and volunteering at No5, an organisation offering free counselling for young people in the Reading area.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA in Counselling First Class Honours (University of Greenwich)
- Certificate in Couples Counselling (Basingstoke Counselling Service)
- Certificate in Counselling Young People (BACP endorsed)
- Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Humanistic Counselling (University of Greenwich)
- NCFE Counselling Skills and Theory, Level 3 Award
- NCFE Helping Skills, Level 2 Award
- NCFE Interpersonal Skills, Level 1 Award
- Advanced Counselling Skills NCFE Level 3 Award (BSY Complementary Therapy College)
- Basic Counselling Skills (BSY Complementary Therapy College)
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual therapy sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45.
Couples counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £65
Payment can be made on the day by cash or by cheque. I may charge the full fee for appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Weekday and evening appointments available.
I am fully insured, DBS checked and a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I work within the guidelines of The Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My work is regularly supervised by a qualified supervisor.