My name is David Gibbs.
I am an Integrative Counsellor working on the outskirts of London.
The search for a counsellor can feel a little overwhelming and confusing at times. There are so many profiles and so many approaches that it can a bit daunting to take that first step or to imagine what is actually going to happen when we get there.
I've tried to use this space to offer some information that hopefully brings the whole process down to earth. If this does sound like something you might find helpful then please don't hesitate to drop a email and set up an initial session to find out more.
So what actually happens in a counselling session?
Counselling is an opportunity to work on important aspects of your life, and to find more satisfying, meaningful, and rewarding ways of living. There are many ways that therapy can be used and be helpful to people.
- talking through an issue in order to make sense of what happened, and to put things in perspective';
- making sense of a specific problematic event that sticks in your mind;
problem solving, planning and decision making;
- changing behaviour;
- understanding emotions;
- negotiating a life transition or developmental crisis';
- dealing with difficult feelings and emotions;
- undoing self-criticism and enhancing self care';
- dealing with difficult or painful relationships.
Counselling offers a space for slow down and reflect on your life and the people and things that matter most. It gives you the time and space to work through problems and gain new perspectives; helping you to regain wellbeing and balance.
What is counselling like with me?
There are so many different approaches out there. Some therapists take on the role of expert; they teach, direct and offer skills. Others do the opposite. They sit in silence and gently follow wherever the client leads.
My approach is somewhere in the middle. I am an integrative counsellor which means I draw on a variety of different approaches and theory in my work. What brings it together is my faith in a person's innate goodness; the belief that every single human being has the capacity to grow, heal and thrive.
My hope is that together we can create a safe space to explore whatever is going on in your life and that I can enable you to find the strength and courage in your own solutions.
I have experience working issues like anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, low-confidence, family issues, trauma and stress.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is in Integrative Counselling (AdvDip) but I have undertaken further study in the following areas:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Polyvagal Theory
I am also a qualified Mindfulness & Compassion Teacher, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and a qualified Life Coach, recognised by the National Counselling Society (NCS).
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
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
From £40.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
When I work