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BA in Counselling (hons), Registered Member MBACP

About me

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.


My Approach

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.


Experience

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)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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Fees

Additional information

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.

When I work

Weekday and evening appointments available.

Further information

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.

The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1UE

15 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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