David Jones MA (UKCP) Dip Psych. MSc.
My method of working is known as psychoanalytic or sometimes psychodynamic. Overall it is a simple notion that what we feel and experience day to day has deeper connection to less familiar sentiments and attachments, which are the residue of past experience. Our earlier experiences and relationships, particularly as we are growing up are part of the building blocks of who we are. They can affect how we feel about ourselves and how we act and respond in our relationships and the social groups and communities to which we belong.
As we secure our transition into adult life we rely upon those earlier foundations to take us through the unfamiliar and sometimes demanding terrain of relationships in a complex world, yet they can at times get in the way of realising the hope, excitement and more meaningful life that we expected.
To contact your deeper feelings with the therapist is aimed at defusing their power. It can provide an understanding and resolution to earlier difficulties, giving a greater sense of engagement in the here and now and feeling of personal choice and direction. Therapy provides a safe and supportive space where those deeper connections can become known and where they can start to be talked through.
What happens in the Therapy?
People come to therapy for many reasons but mainly with some pain, frustration or anger that at times can overwhelm them. A decision to approach a therapist is not taken lightly when at a critical point where emotions are high, or where life feels flat if many areas of life are too difficult to address alone or with friends and family. Some points of difficulty are more easily identifiable such as losing someone you love, others are not. Therapy gives you the space to look at this.
The focus really is on you and supporting your resolve. As your therapist, my skills, qualifications and experience are all there to help you. I offer a confidential non-judgemental setting where, by working together, we can recognise the previously hidden patterns in your inner world and how they effect you and your relationships. The aim is for you to feel differently and make positive changes in your life.
Through talking about your concerns and worries you can begin to connect with your own deeper feelings. This is where new patterns of relating and being at one with yourself can grow; so that you can move on and feel better placed in your relationships. Therapy provides a safe and trusted space for you to work through this with the help of your therapist.
What happens next?
Once you have contacted me I will be in touch either by email or phone to arrange a suitable time for The Initial Consultation. This first meeting can last between an hour and an hour and a quarter.
What is an Initial Consultation?
It is an opportunity for you to talk about what brings you to counselling/ psychotherapy and where the I will clarify any aspect of my counselling and psychoanalytic approach which you may have uncertainties about. I will ask about some aspects of your personal history; yet you won't be put under pressure. How you are feeling about life and relationships is of key importance in therapy rather than the therapy itself being another set of expectations you may feel you have to meet. At the end of the Initial Consultation a decision will be made with the therapist about whether to go ahead with further sessions. When accepting an offer of therapy the fee and the time and frequency of regular sessions will be agreed
Once you take up therapy, what has been agreed about time and fee will be confirmed in writing. Session duration is usually 50 minutes with an expectation of weekly sessions or twice weekly if agreed with the therapist
I provide Private Counselling, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy Services for these Issues:
Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Depression, Dissociation, Fear, History of Mental Health Problems, Identity, Inhibitions, Lack of Meaning in Life, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Attacks, Personal Growth, Personal Relationships, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self Development, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Sleeping Problems, Social Phobia, Stress, Suicidal Thoughts, Transitions, Trauma, Work Issues and Relationships
Training, qualifications & experience
My training was spread over eight years. Initially an MA in Psychotherapy with dissertation distinction at Goldsmiths College, University of London, supporting my work managing counselling services. Then a four year training with the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS) resulting in a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a further MA in Psychotherapy and Social Studies from LMU. During which time I also managed community mental health day services supported by Local Government and NHS. The training was recognised and overseen by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which gave me the title of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and membership of the UKCP’s College of Psychoanalysts and Jungian Therapists (CPJA).
I have a Social policy and research MSc. as I am also aware of the impact of social factors and their importance for counselling and therapy,
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Fear, Identity, Inhibitions, Lack of Meaning in Life, Personal Growth, Self Harm, Sleeping Problems, Social Phobia, Suicidal Thoughts, Transitions, Relationships
The Regular Therapy Session
Session Fees are set at between £35 and £50 per session with the fee level agreed with the therapist at the Initial Consultation, dependent on frequency of sessions and income.
Where regular sessions are put in place there is the option to pay by bank transfer. The therapist will provide bank details and email an invoice at the end of each month. Payment should be made within the first 14 days of each month. Alternatively a payment may be made at the end of each session or each month.
The Initial consultation
The Initial Consultation lasts for between 60 and 75 minutes. The fee for the initial consultation is £45. Payment is made by either cash or cheque at the end of the session.
Occasionally lower fee spaces come available, which are accessible to students and people with difficult financial circumstances.
Getting There Canterbury Central Counselling & Psychotherapy.
To be added
Toilet facilities but no waiting room. The consulting room is next to the front door with a very small raised threshold, which should allow for easy wheelchair access, although this has not been tested.