David Hanley MBACP Accredited Counsellor
I am an experienced accredited counsellor working in private practice and also providing counselling for a leading Employee Assistance Programme. It’s not easy to ask for help, and I want you to know that you are not alone. 1 in 4 of us will seek help for mental health issues, with the most common issues being anxiety and depression. I use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to work with the thoughts and behaviours that often maintain our anxiety and depression symptoms.
If you are struggling with anxiety, some of the following sensations may be common for you - heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, choking and shortness of breath, chest pains, nausea, dizzy, chills or heat, numbness or tingling, feeling unreal or detached. I can help you to reduce your fears and anxiety levels so that the sensations of anxiety fade, and you can face situations and challenges with confidence, and enjoy yourself, without worrying about coping with the anxiety or thinking people can see you are anxious.
I can help you worry less about the anxiety provoking intrusive thoughts, that pop into your head uninvited, that you struggle to let go of because they distress you so much, and take up so much of your time trying to control. I can help you to let go of these thoughts, freeing you to get on with your life and expand your comfort zone and face life with more confidence.
I can help you cope with distressing memories and flashbacks of trauma, feeling on edge most of the time, and feeling that you are stuck in the past and not able to move on. I can help you create a feeling of calm and safety, so that you can relax, feel comfortable in your own skin, and feel able to engage with your life again.
If you are struggling with depression I can help you to overcome the thoughts of despair and hopelessness that keep you stuck in the darkness of depression. Step by step I will help you to start having fun again, giving you hope and reducing the depressive thoughts that maintain depression, so that you can get your life back, with a happier view of the future.
I provide a non judgemental, safe space for you to explore and overcome your fears so that you can achieve your goals and move on with your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Accredited Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Social Anxiety
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Health Anxiety
- Low Self Esteem
- Panic Attacks
- Worry (GAD)
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 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
The fee for each 60 minute session is £45.