NB. CORONAVIRUS UP-DATE: I'm now offering remote and online counselling sessions via telephone, Skype or Zoom - see below.
If you are thinking about approaching a counsellor, you can talk in confidence to me about how it might work for you - so you can decide if counselling can help you.
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 face-to-face meeting where you'll have time to explain what help you want to get from counselling, and ask me questions about how I work.
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 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 – perhaps only temporary – problem like a phobia.
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 in Hitchin is £30 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 see clients in the Chesham/Amersham area of Buckinghamshire as a member of the Chiltern Counsellors Network, based in Chesham. See below for Chesham fees.
In response to the current coronavirus situation, I am offering to existing and new clients remote and online counselling via telephone and video conferencing software such as Zoom and Skype. If you call me, I am happy to discuss this in more detail.
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.
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
My counselling fee in Hitchin is £30 per weekly session, including online sessions.
In Chesham - as a member of Chiltern Counsellors Network - my average fee is £45 per weekly session (including room hire): an affordable weekly fee is discussed with clients during an initial meeting at the Chartridge Lodge conference centre in Chesham. Counselling sessions at concessionary rates are available, depending on your circumstances.