Dr David Glasman, D.Clin. Psych, Dip. Psych, CPsychol
I am an experienced and warm psychologist who offers a welcoming space for you to explore your difficulties.
Whether you are anxious or down, have relationships that just don't seem to work as you want, or whether you need a skilled companion on the next step of your journey, I can help.
With many years' working in the NHS, I have a wealth of experience helping people with issues such as generalised anxiety, panic disorder, depression and addiction.
As well as helping women, couples and families, I have considerable experience working with men.
After working with me, many people report a great reduction in day-to-day suffering, as well as having new skills and confidence.
My style is highly collaborative, which means I will listen to you closely and ensure we always work on what is most important to you at a pace that fits you best.
From the first session we together aim to alleviate immediate suffering. I work in a way that will leave you with renewed self-belief and hope, and equip you with easy-to-use psychological tools to maintain good mental health for a lifetime.
To do this I draw on fifteen years experience working as a senior Clinical Psychologist/Therapist in the NHS, as well as three additional years experience of in-the-field training in a variety of NHS settings. I have led psychological services in a busy NHS team, which sees people with both moderate and severe difficulties.
What I can help with:
I can help with a wide range of emotional and/or relationship difficulties and with life crises. I specialise in providing effective therapy tailored to you and your issues, and have particular expertise in helping young people and families, in supporting adopters and foster carers, and with helping adults with everything from anxiety and depression to grief and general well-being. I provide a warm and safe space to think these things through in a way that acknowledges your strengths, your struggles and your individual story.
I bring a range and depth of knowledge in a variety of approaches to ensure my interventions are both effective and tailored best to help you. Together we will work at a pace that suits you to devise practical steps to relieve your immediate difficulties. From there, if you want to go deeper - perhaps unravel an early life trauma - we can work together to do that. I have helped many women, young women and couples. I have, additionally, thought with many men and fathers about their lives and attended training specifically aimed at supporting men and young men in what they face as men today.
If you are ready to take the next step, or if you want to talk things through with me at no expense, please call or email me (see contact details) and I am more than happy to do that.
How I can help you not only feel better now but keep that going:
My role is to help you develop your strengths and understanding so that you can stay emotionally healthy after therapy and not go through again what you are going through now. Everyone has inner strengths and wisdom to lead a fulfilling life. This will inform our time together.
I believe deeply in the power of listening and accepting the other in a non-judgemental way. This allows a person to feel safe in themselves both in and out of therapy and is the foundation stone of my practice. From here I work in respectful collaboration with people to think together about what difficulties they have, how the problems might have developed, how they are being maintained and how they might be alleviated.
As a clinical psychologist I am especially trained in developing a really good picture of what the difficulty is and what strengths you have. From there, the most effective therapy emerges.
I believe in being open about how our minds work so that people develop an understanding of themselves that allows them to maintain good psychological health without the help of a therapist. I will help you develop as the guardian of your own wellbeing.
I also believe that your inner world is shaped strongly by your outer world and my approach is to acknowledge your life context and work with you to make the adjustments you can make and develop healthy acceptance, if appropriate, of what cannot be changed.
As a therapist I have developed by reflecting regularly on my life and appreciate that as well as immediate difficulties one's place in the world and one's life story can be important in growing and developing throughout life. I am interested in supporting this wider exploration, if that also feels important to you.
I am an integrative therapist which means I use my extensive knowledge of a number of evidence-based approaches to find one that best fits you and the difficulties you want to make better. I am extensively trained in Cognitive Behaviourial therapies which are widely used and proven to help with a variety of emotional problems. As this approach does not suit everyone I also draw on other approaches.The approach adopted will be shaped by our joint understanding and what fits best for you.
What to expect if you decide to contact me:
I will talk with you either on the phone or via email to briefly discuss what you want and to ensure I have the skills to help.
If you are happy to proceed, we will arrange to meet at my clinic. At the first meeting we will think together about your problem. By the end of the first meeting I would aim to present my outline ideas about what I think is going on and let you know what needs to happen to effect meaningful change in your life. I would also hope to help you get some immediate relief from your difficult emotions.
From there we will work collaboratively at your pace to think about your hopes for yourself and how to meet them with the help of therapy.
Occasionally therapy is very brief and we will always be thinking when it is OK to "fire" me. Often therapy takes between 8 and 18 sessions.
It is important to feel safe to talk. Our work together is confidential. There are times when confidentiality might need to be breached for example if I heard about a serious crime. Before we work together I would discuss such rules, which every therapist follows. I would always discuss with you if I felt that I needed to tell someone else about our discussions before going ahead.
What to do next:
Email, or better still, telephone me, whether you have a lot of questions or just one or two. We will talk without obligation. I am really happy discuss anything you might want to know about my professional skills and about therapy. Contact details are at the top of this profile. I look forward to hearing from you.
LOOKING FOR A SUPERVISOR?
Trained as a clinical psychologist with 18 years in the NHS, I am an experienced and supportive supervisor. As well as my current practice, I am specifically trained as a clinical supervisor and even as a supervisor of supervisors.
Most recently I was employed exclusively as a supervisor in the NHS. The supervisees were specialists in CBT. My style is to encourage you to be confident in your skills, to be curious and open about your practice, and to enjoy developing into a skillful. knowledgeable and warm therapist.
As well as being a CBT specialist, including Third Wave approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, backed by clinical psychology training,I can supervise people in a range of approaches. With CBT as a core I have an ongoing interest in DBT, Solution-focused work, Transactional Analysis, Schema Therapy and Narrative approaches.
In addition, I am deeply committed to my own personal development. I have been in therapy myself, so know how exposing and challenging it can be to sit in the other chair - and what it takes to maintain trust while doing valuable work.
In short, I will be beside you while you develop as a therapist and person in a safe, warm, informed, sometimes challenging space.
In the past, I have supervised many other therapists working for the NHS. I have supervised trainees studying on the Clinical Psychology doctorate course at Bath University. In addition, I have supervised psychologists and other NHS mental health professionals, who have brought a range of working practices and treatment models. I have training in supervision from Surrey University and Exeter University.
One supervisee (SL) said: "David has been nothing short of an entire foundation of knowledge, allowing confidence with the unknown to grow. I am always learning and, with David, understanding more than ever...I cannot recommend his wisdom enough."
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Surrey, 2002)
- Family Therapy Foundation, Assoc. of Family Therapy (University of Bristol, 2006 -2007)
- Solution- Focused practitioner (BRIEF, London, 2006)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (City University, 1997).
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Surrey, 2002)
- Psychology diploma, approved conversion programme for graduates (London Guildhall University, 1996)
Clinical Psychology Experience:
- 2006 – 2016: South Glos Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), NHS
- 2002-2006: Adult Psychology Service, Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust, NHS
- 1999 -2002: Generic and specialist trainee clinical psychology placements, Surrey & Borders NHS Trust – specialisms were in Narrative Therapy and CBT
- 1998-9: Trainee Psychologist, Haringey Mental Health trust.
Additional mental health training:
As part of my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I have had considerable additional training -
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
- CBT for Psychosis course (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2003)
- CBT for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2003)
- CBT for trauma (SGlos CAMHS, 2016); CBT for OCD (Paul Salkovskis, Bath University, 2013)
- Mentalisation Workshop (North Bristol NHS Trust, 2013); CBT for Personality Disorders (Dr Christine Padesky, London, 2001)
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy:
- Skills Training (North Bristol Trust, 2014)
- Specialist Training Placement (U. of Surrey, 2001)
- Additional Narrative Therapy training (North Bristol NHS Trust – Univ. of Bristol; 2008)
- Dyadic Therapy/ Attachment-focused therapy:
- Dr Daniel Hughes workshops, Centre for Child Mental Health, London, 2013.
Autism:National Autistic Society, 3-day course, 2009.
- Child Sexual Exploitation course (SGlos Safeguarding Children Board, 2015)
- Ongoing Level 3 Child protection Training (2006-16).
- The Samaritans – fully trained (1998) and worked receiving calls in their Central London branch for one year.
I am a trained Samaritan and worked on both face-to-face and telephone contacts in their busy London centre.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 for one hour for individual therapy.
Concessions available for those on low income.
FREE initial comprehensive telephone consultation
£40 for one hour for supervision.