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About me

Everybody needs a safe place.
I am an experienced qualified counsellor offering a safe, confidential space for you to be heard without judgement. By talking and exploring you can increase your understanding of yourself and your life. Working privately and for the NHS. I have been providing professional healthcare for 32 years.

I experience counselling as an active, collaborative and creative process. I aim to both support and gently challenge you in the process of you developing greater understanding of yourself, helping you to make informed choices and take action to improve your life.

The primary model I use is psychodynamic which means I am interested in how your early experiences continue to have influence on your life and how differences between what you feel and what you think can cause conflict. This may be experienced in the counselling session by exploring feelings, patterns of how you relate to other people and by considering what meaning there may be in unconscious communications and actions.

I also use ideas from Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; particularly if working with addictions.

I work as a counsellor privately and for the NHS. I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. www.bacp.co.uk


My past and current work has given me experience of working with addictions, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, trauma, abuse, bereavement, loss, self harm, eating disorders, palliative care, learning difficulties, physical disability, obsessive compulsive disorders and enduring mental health problems.

My background in nursing has been enhanced by a well regarded counselling training and as a NHS counsellor working with vulnerable adults I hold a current DBS certificate (equivalent to its predecessor, an enhanced CRB disclosure).

Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. I work from an office in central Chichester which have pay and display car parks and on street metered parking adjacent.

In addition:

I appreciate the value that companion animals have to people and the importance of the role they can play in our lives. I understand the significance of peoples relationships with their animals and the difficulties involved with the loss of an animal. I am also interested in how our disconnection from the natural world can cause distress and imbalance.

I also offer Natural Awareness Therapy. please see my Website for more details and other potentially helpful links; www.dpmheartwood.com

Occasionally, I may have a dog with me. Historically this has always worked well but please let me know if I should avoid this with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Accredited )2010
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Skills and Theory 2008
  • Assessment of Clients for Counselling 2012
  • Understanding Relationships (provided by Relate) 2011
  • Couples Therapy Training Paul Hitchings 2017
  • Natural Awareness Therapy Training Pathfinder UK 2017
  • Nature as co-therapist, BACP endorsed Keele University Short Course 2015
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities 1991
  • Diploma in Mental Handicap Studies 1991

My nursing experience began in 1988 with people with learning difficulties which became more managerial than therapeutic, so in 1997 I moved into addiction work. This included facilitating therapeutic groups and providing one to one support which is where my interest in counselling began. I have also had nursing experience in a palliative care setting.

I counsel for the NHS focussing on addictions and run a private counselling practice two days a week working with a wide range of people.

As part of my NHS work and BACP membership I am involved in continuing professional development.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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£40.00 per session

Additional information


I currently have limited availability which I am offering face to face in accordance with current covid guidelines or via video call / telephone, or a combination to suit you.

Further information

I can be contacted on 07545 144284 or at dpmheartwood@gmail.com. If leaving a message, please state if it is okay to call back and whether it is okay to leave a message. As I wish to maintain your confidentiality I will not call back without your express permission. I will return your contact as soon as possible but this may take up to 48 hours. Text or e-mail communications will typically relate to organisational matters, altering appointments for example: any therapeutic material developed in these communications can usually be better explored in person. I make every effort to protect your confidentiality when using electronic technologies, but as this is rapidly changing landscape I ask you to help protect yourself my minimising the transmission of personal or private information.

I have an office in central Chichester which is a 10 minute walk from the train station, is close to the Cathedral bus stops and has car parks and metered roadside parking adjacent. The address  and map can be found at the top of this page.

Or you can locate the office using What3words: paint.themes.seat

Room 8
3 Chapel Street
West Sussex
PO19 1BU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

I am willing to consider alternate venues.


David Pierce-Myers

David Pierce-Myers