After a career in the law I wanted to do something that might help other people more directly, and counselling followed naturally from my role as mentor to members of my team.
My approach is ‘integrative’: I follow no one theoretical model but draw on different approaches as appropriate. Counselling is not an academic or a technical exercise, it is fundamentally an interaction between two individuals working together.
‘I’ve never told anyone this before’ or, ‘I’ve never opened up like this before’. Simply being able to share a worry is a step towards feeling better, towards seeing the situation more clearly. Whatever the challenge, dramatic or seemingly mundane, what is important is the impact it has on you and on your life. Sometimes, apparently small events can knock us off course, make us depressed or anxious. At that point we all need a sounding board.
I practice both general and rehabilitation (disability) counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling. My area of research was the psychosocial impact of sudden disability, and the part which counselling might play in the process of rehabilitation.
Since 2007, I have been an honorary counsellor with Oxleas NHS Trust, helping clients with anxiety, depression, crises in a relationship and other challenges. And from 2010 until 2015 I was an honorary amputee rehabilitation counsellor with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£60 per session
For further information, please see my website http://www.davidgladwell-counsellor.co.uk
The best way to contact me is by e-mail
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