David Hayter UKCP; MBACP; M.Clin.Sci.; MSc.

David Hayter UKCP;  MBACP; M.Clin.Sci.; MSc.


01273 917634 / 07952 787028

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About me

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Counsellor. For the last sixteen years I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Some have come to me in distress, following difficult experiences, some have come to explore where they are in their lives and where they want to go.

Therapy is about you - I am there to support and work with you to explore and to understand, to journey together in a space that is safe and secure.  I have a particular interest in the ways in which people's past affects their present -  but this does not mean we have to talk about your past - you will bring what is important to you at the time.

I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) which is particularly useful for people experiencing distressing images or post traumatic issues.

I am recognised for work by AVIVA and by AXA healthcare insurance companies.

Although most people will come for a number of sessions you are welcome to come for one session, or for several years. Each of us has different needs and expectations.  Because of this we will talk about your expectations and hopes in the first session.

Most of my work is face to face but I am also able to offer video therapy, using Skype or another, secure web browser based system. If you are interested in this please contact me to discuss it.

If you feel lost, if you think counselling may help - or if you are unsure - please ring me and we can talk about whether it is the right thing for you at the moment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Kent and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have worked for the past seventeen years with children, young people and adults.

As well as being in private practice I am a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, where I run the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I have previously worked as a therapist for a charity working with firefighters, as a clinical supervisor for Chichester Counselling Services, and was Director of the Waymark Counselling Service in Canterbury and a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University for five years. I have also been employed as a counsellor and clinical manager by several organisations, including Barnardo's, Family Service Units and Thanet Counselling Services.

I am a registered member of UKCP (United Kingdon Council for Psychotherapy); the Forum for Independant Psychotherapists (FiP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within those organisations' ethical guidelines.

I believe that we are all influenced by the relationships we have had in the past, as well as by those we have in the present.  The development, and the loss, of relationships affects how we are able to cope with stress and difficulties.  I work by listening to the issues you bring, sometimes asking questions, sometimes making suggestions. Because these are your sessions you may ignore me, disagree with me or, hopefully sometimes find my thoughts helpful.     

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Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity, self-esteem, confidence, sexual identity, childhood issues, childhood experiences, family issues

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I offer an initial session for £25 - giving you the chance to think about how we could work together, if you think you would like to work together and to talk about the issues you would like to explore.

Continuing sessions usually cost £60

If you do not think that you will be able to afford this please do contact me and we can discuss it at our first meeting. 

Further information

If you feel that talking to someone might help the next step is to contact me. If I am not available I will contact you back as soon as I am able to.

I will ask you for some information about your address, where you heard about me, and the reason you feel counselling would help.

As soon as I can I will offer you an initial appointment - this will give you the chance to talk in more detail about what is happening for you and to ask any questions you have about the way that I work or counselling in general.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am able to see people on weekdays during the day and in the evenings.

Types of client

Older adults
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Supervision & training

I am an experienced supervisor, having worked with organisations and in private practice offering supervision to both groups and individuals.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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