David Peak

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Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and have 20 years experience of working with individuals and couples.   My office is based in Piccadilly Gardens in Central Manchester.  I have helped individuals obtain relief from a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, PTSD, developmental trauma and abuse.  For couples I provide a safe space in which both partners are heard and respected, which enables them to work through their differences and reach a resolution.

I am used to working in a time-limited way with clients and have helped many people resolve, in four or six sessions, issues that have tormented them and blighted their lives for years.

The corner stone of my work is a genuine respect for my clients combined with empathy and authenticity in my approach.  This enables us rapidly to form a close therapeutic alliance and find a solution to their difficulties in the shortest possible time.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my training as a Person-Centred counsellor more than 20 years ago and have practised in the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice since that date. More recently, in 2014 I trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).   I went to add the qualification to my CV, having no faith in its efficacy, but after training I was astonished by the amazing results I achieved by its use.   During lockdown I trained in Neurofeedback after reading an account of its use in a book by a highly respected trauma specialist and as with EMDR I have witnessed astonishing results from its use, especially for treating developmental trauma which is often resistant to many other treatment modalities.   Earlier this year I successfully completed the Trauma Research Foundation's programme in Trauma Stress Studies.

In 2010 I qualified as a Further Education teacher, with a Professional Diploma in Education.

I have been a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2002, and an accredited member since 2009.

BACP accreditation means my knowledge, experience and skill have been endorsed by a leading UK professional counselling body.   To keep that accreditation, I am required to embrace the BACP ethical standards in my practice, have monthly clinical supervision and show evidence that I continue to develop my professional knowledge and proficiency.

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)

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


£65.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Initial telephone discussions are free of charge. These, enable you to get information about my services and to schedule an initial appointment.

Wednesday appointments are available by phone or video link only.

Payment of my professional fee is due at the start of each appointment, unless my fees are covered by your private health insurance. If payment is to be made under a health insurance policy, this must be agreed in advance of our first appointment.

Appointments can be cancelled up to 24 hours before they are due to take place. If you cancel at short notice or do not attend an appointment, the full fee is payable.

My fees for individuals are £65 for appointments between 10am and 5pm; before 10am or after 5pm my fee is £80 per 50 minute appointment for individuals.   Sessions funded by companies are charged at £85 per 50 minute appointment.

Some therapies require a 90 minute appointment and they are charged at 1½ times the 50 minute rate.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday 8:00 - 19:00 Rochdale, Tuesday 8:00 - 19:00 Manchester, Wednesday 8:00 - 19:00 phone or video link, Friday 8:00 - 19:00 Manchester

Further information

If you have been in therapy before and that experience did not resolve your issues, you should bear in mind that psychotherapy is a name for a very diverse range of theoretical models and treatment approaches, and individual psychotherapists apply the model and method in which they are trained in their own personal way.

Some people's issues may be susceptible to almost any model or approach, whereas others need a particular method that not all therapists use.

I am trained in a number of models and approaches and try to tailor the treatment I offer to your particular needs, rather than to expecting your need to be susceptible to a single treatment approach.

If you have long-standing issues, especially if you have experienced several episodes of therapy, the issues may be susceptible to an approach such as EMDR, which research has shown to be capable of resolving problems that had previously been treatment-resistant.

Lastly, because of my experience of life and the length of my clinical practice, I can bring a wider understanding to what brings you into therapy and sometimes see it from a different perspective.

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
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