David Phipps - Online SKYPE Therapy - Relationships, Depression and Anxiety.
Why SKYPE based Therapy?
The idea of using SKYPE to have therapy may initially seem a little awkward and it did initially for myself, however after a period of time it feels quite ordinary and in my experience the connection is as rich as meeting face to face.
With specialising in Online Therapy using SKYPE, I find I am able to offer a service to individuals who otherwise may have difficulties in attending face to face appointments due to time and travel constraints or very real physical or emotional constraints.
I am highly experienced in offering long term supportive and exploratory therapy focusing on change, addressing Depression, Anxiety and Relationship concerns. In particular I am experienced in supporting people with Long Term Health Conditions and Migration Experiences.
More About Me
I have worked for over 10 years as a therapist. Being accredited means I have reached a high standard of proficiency according to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My experience is rich and diverse, with currently working in the NHS and privately. Previously I have worked for charity organisations, private hospitals and holisitic therapy centres as a therapist.
My current post in the NHS is within an IAPT Service. Due to working full time as a therapist I have completed in excess of 7000 practice hours with clients, some of which incorporates my work in a therapeutic community, supporting people experiencing acute distress.
I have experience of enabling people to move forwards with many different concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems and other long standing difficulties. As well as supporting people to build confidence, resolve conflicts and make life style changes.
My Way of Working
I have developed what is called an Integrative approach, which means I draw on various models of therapy to support people make changes in their lives. My integrative approach has at it's centre the building of a safe and supportive relationship, incorporating Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Emotion Focused approaches, as well as elements of Mindfulness.
The way I practice is informed by the idea that our current struggles and difficulties can be further understood from exploring our life experience so far, the types of relationships we have had and have currently. By considering our past and current relationships, it is my experience that people can identify patterns of behaviour and feelings which they can take more control over, this leaving life more manageable.
I can work in an open ended way allowing time and the organic process of talking within a therapeutic relationship to foster change or conversely can work in a focused change orientated fashion, setting regular goals.
How we will speak
Appointments are online via SKYPE and entail speaking on a weekly basis for 50 minutes, at an agreed time and day.
We can have an agreed number of sessions, which is called short term therapy and can be between 6 and 24 appointments, focusing on a particular issue setting goals possibly.
Alternatively we can work in an open ended way, which is called long term therapy, where many aspects of one's life and issues can be explored over time, allowing for new discoveries about oneself to emerge.
To discuss the way in which you would like to work please contact me via email or phone to arrange an assessment appointment. In the initial assessment we can discuss what is bringing you to therapy and if we agree to work together, how we will continue to talk together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling for Depression Practitioner training, NICE Recommended Treatment for Depression
Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling, PgDip (MSc Level, BACP accred).
Psychology with Counselling, BSc Honours Degree.
Introduction to Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Counselling, Diploma Level.
Awareness in Bereavement Care, CRUSE, National Bereavement Care Service.
Bereavement is Normal, CRUSE, National Bereavement Care Service.
I am accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to its ethical framework and guidelines.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Although categories are helpful indicators of how to think about one's difficulties, I am not a tick box or box defining sort of person. I will approach you and your appointments open to new experiences, thus allowing something different and new to be possible.
My Assessment appointment fee is £35. An assessment appointment is an opportunity to discuss what is bringing you to therapy, your life experience so far and what you want to be different. It is also an opportunity to see whether I am best placed to support you and whether SKYPE Therapy is the best medium for you to have therapy.
Ongoing Therapy Appointments
My Therapy Appointment fee is £50. Appointments are 50 minutes in length and are held on a weekly basis at the same time and on the same day.
I do have some reduced fee appointments, which can be discussed upon initial contact.
I am Registered with AVIVA Health Insurance and I am familiar with Healix Health Insurance provider, meaning that if you have cover with either, I can provide therapy via your provision.
As mentioned I am well placed to work with the majority of mental health difficulties, due to my generic and vast experience in the NHS. However, I do have specific experience that is well suited to SKYPE therapy as outlined below.
I have an extensive experience of supporting people with long term health conditions and the ongoing day to day struggle that can at times feel like others ignore or put to the back of their minds. It is truly a psychologically disabling experience at times, being in pain and uncomfortable, but having to "get on with the day". This is where therapy can be helpful in considering the struggle in order for something different psychologically and emotionally to be possible.
With respect migration experiences, I have experience of working with people settling in a new country and/or wanting to settle in a new country, which is a big decision. The decision can be out of our hands at times or an informed choice, either way there is an adjustment and a consideration to be made when moving country, which therapy can provide a space to think about. Working via SKYPE online, allows myself to reach people all over the world.
Testimonials - comments from previous clients.
"I appreciate you taking your time and your sensitivity to my needs, working at my pace"
"I feel now I can understand how I have been feeling low for some time, talking has helped me a lot"
"I find you relaxed and very open"
One benefit people have described to me, is that talking via SKYPE enables people to have appointments from the comfort of their own home and not feel over exposed after an appointment, travelling home among the general public.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday Mornings and Early Afternoon. Saturday Mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|