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About me

If you are thinking about approaching a counsellor, you can talk in confidence to me about how seeking that help could work for you - so you can decide if it's what you're looking for.

It may feel difficult - but it can begin with a simple step.

You can phone me, send a text or an email to arrange an initial meeting - at no cost - where you'll have time to talk about your life and its challenges, and to ask me about how I work with my clients. This meeting can take place via telephone or Zoom, or it can be an in-person meeting.

I usually work with adults (including LGBTQ+) and their mental health problems relating to depression and anxiety - including general anxiety and panic disorders - the stresses, losses, loneliness and disappointments that make life hard to bear.  I regularly work with issues related to family, relationships, work - with losses such as bereavement, divorce, addiction, health and retirement.

I offer short-term and open-ended types of therapy that are tailored to your needs as a unique individual: open-ended work that explores long-term issues relating to general depression and anxiety, or short-term work that is focused on a particular problem like an eating disorder, a phobia, concentration and so on.

In most cases I meet with my clients on a once-a-week basis - but this is flexible, depending on my clients' needs. My typical fee for counselling is £35 per weekly session.

Good, professional counselling should offer you safe, confidential breathing-space where you are not judged or made to feel like a freak or a time-waster.

It should be a place where a counsellor with experience, understanding and empathy can help you untangle and make sense of whatever combination of confusing, frightening thoughts and emotions is weighing you down, making you feel depressed, anxious, isolated.

If you feel like that, if you feel as though everything is falling apart – then counselling can help you understand how to put your life back together the way you want it to be.

Counselling involves making a commitment – both in terms of time and money – and in my practice I make an equally serious commitment to making your counselling as helpful as possible for as long as you want it to - to take you where you want to go in re-starting your life.

I work privately from my home in Hitchin, North Hertfordshire. I also work with clients in the Chesham/Amersham area of Buckinghamshire as a member of the Chiltern Counsellors Network, based in Chesham. 

Due to some continuing concerns about coronavirus infection in confined indoor spaces, I am still following BACP guidelines for face-to-face sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Since 2014 I have worked as a counsellor with several agencies in Hertfordshire; last year I set up my own practice for North Hertfordshire - David Housham Counselling. Currently I am also a member of the Chiltern Counsellors Network and work with clients in the Chesham/Amersham area.

I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation, and have also trained in CBT skills and Mindfulness. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Before beginning my counselling training, I worked for several years as a volunteer for Samaritans.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£35.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

My counselling fee is £35 per weekly session, including telephone and online sessions - or face-to-face sessions in my counselling room in Hitchin, north Hertfordshire

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

8.00 am - 9.00 pm Tuesday - Friday 

Hitchin, Herts, SG5

Chartridge Lodge, Chartridge Lane, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 2TP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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