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Counselling can be sought for many reasons and I believe a close supportive collaboration between therapist and client is of great importance to a successful outcome. Whilst the process of counselling is not about offering advice, it is compassionate and accommodating and moves forward at a pace that you, the client, finds comfortable. Whether addressing short and specific issues, or longer journeys to rediscover your sense of well being, most of my clients achieve a greater perspective of their difficulties when empowered to do so in counselling.

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, trained in integrative counselling, which means I can draw on many theoretical approaches to offer you the type of counselling that suits you best. I offer a confidential service in a peaceful environment for an open ended or agreed length of time on a weekly or two weekly basis. The first session is free and explores whether you are happy for us to work together.

With work experience including five years at an NHS Health Centre, I am used to counselling people, young and old, from a diverse range of backgrounds and with many different types of difficulties, including depression, anxiousness, lack of self-confidence, anger, loneliness, bereavement and relationship difficulties to name a few.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical guidelines. My practice is based in Penge SE20.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Accreditation with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Counselling Diploma (with Distinction) Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies

Certificate Course in Counselling Skills

Volunteer Counsellor NHS Primary Care Lewisham Health Centre

Part-time Schools Counsellor London Borough of Bromley on behalf of Bromley Behaviour Service

2007 Volunteer Counsellor for Place2Be children's counselling charity, Croydon hub

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Your initial session is free, thereafter all sessions will be £40 whether taken at weekly or two weekly intervals.


I have re-introduced face to face counselling following the relaxation Covid restrictions

Two weekly, 8.00am and evening appointments possible

Further information

I provide personal counselling within easy reach of Crystal Palace, Beckenham, Bromley, Croydon, Norwood, Anerley, Sydenham, Forest Hill and Lewisham, which are all served by Train, Overground, Bus, or Tram.

My practice in Penge has two mainline stations connecting to Central London; Penge East connects to Victoria via Brixton and Herne Hill, and Penge West connects to London Bridge via New Cross and Forest Hill. The Overground line at Penge West also runs between West Croydon and Highgate & Islington.

I offer flexible appointments to fit around your commitments at intervals of one or two weeks.

You may find it useful to visit my website for further information on www.davidhargreavescounselling.co.uk

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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David Hargreaves

David Hargreaves