I specialise in helping professional people overcome anxiety and depression. I have worked extensively in this field for almost 20 years in many different settings, both private and public.
"Though I found therapy hard and challenging at times, I have become a calmer and saner human being with more insight and more trust. I cannot express to you enough how grateful I am and how much you have helped me." (AH)
"I experienced bullying from an early age which shattered my confidence and made me feel as if I had lost my voice. Through my therapy with David I learnt how to manage my emotions and build my self confidence. I now feel more balanced and much happier in life. One of the best decisions I ever made." ( MD)
As well as my work with clients, I also offer supervision to other counsellors and therapists.
Am I the right counsellor for you?
Normally it's about feeling comfortable with your therapist, so a first meeting is usually necessary to tell if I'm right for you. My approach does not involve telling you what to do so a willingness to participate in the process is essential. This means being willing to talk openly and to also have some capacity for reflecting on yourself and your life.
I am a specialist in working with depression and anxiety and worked for a number or years in a reputable private psychiatric hospital with patients presenting with those issues.
Is counselling right for you?
If you find yourself preoccupied with an event or difficulty that interrupts your normal functioning, I.e it's hard to concentrate on other things or your sleep is disrupted. It may be that your relationships are suffering as a result of your current state. You might also feel isolated and alone and that no one else really understands what you're going through then it may be time to try counselling.
Counselling offers you a safe non judgemental space to talk about your concerns. I can help you to make sense of your experience, thoughts and feelings which will enable you to come to a better understanding of your self. Often intellectual understanding is not enough on it's own and so engaging in your emotions will also be part of the process of change.
What To Expect From Counselling
Therapy is an opportunity to change. It involves exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of our professional relationship.
I can help you to develop more insight into yourself and the ways in which you relate to others. Through this process you will begin to understand yourself better and to implement changes in your life.
Sessions last 50 minutes and usually happen one to four times a week, normally at the same time/s and day/s.
Some people come with a specific issue that may require short-term therapy and others need longer to address more long standing issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for five years to become registered BACP accredited psychotherapist. I also have an M.A in psychotherapy.
I have worked in a variety of settings with diverse patient populations, and currently divide my time between my private practice and working in a reputable private London hospital.
I offer once and twice weekly long term therapy from Harley Street consulting rooms, a short walk from Oxford Circus.
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 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