David Poynor (HDip Reg.MBACP)
Perhaps you feel as though you are losing control, that life is delivering more than you can handle or you feel broken beyond repair. It may be that your life feels empty and the future looks hopeless. It is not unusual to experience feelings like these. Often it can be difficult to manage these types of feelings or to believe that things will ever change. Perhaps you are dissatisfied with personal relationships or in your job. I offer a safe and confidential space to explore, reflect and grapple with the issues that impact upon your life.
For more information about the service I provide or to book online please visit www.cherryorchardtherapy.com
I work with a range of clients presenting with vastly different and unique issues. In my client work my aim will always be to enable you to find greater autonomy in facing life’s challenges.
People who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or by another sexual/gender identity often find it difficult to access personal counselling. When creating Cherry Orchard Therapy one of my aims was to provide a service with an overt focus on supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Cherry Orchard Therapy is dedicated to providing a safe environment for LGBTQ+ clients that is welcoming, informed and free of judgement.
The prospect of beginning therapy might feel unnerving especially if this is your first experience of personal counselling. The counselling process can be powerful and transformative. It might be difficult to make those first steps into personal counselling but I will work with you at your pace to ensure that you feel safe, supported and heard.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied Person Centred Counselling at Lewisham Counselling and Counselling Training Associates. I graduated with a distinction grade on the Higher Professional Diploma Course (Level 5) and was thrilled to be named as the winner of the award for outstanding development in my graduating year.
During my training I co-authored the research paper, ‘Peoples experience of viewing images of violence through the media, the impact upon them and how this may inform psychotherapeutic practice’. In 2019 I went on to present at the BACP Research Conference in Belfast.
Since completing counsellor training, some specific areas of study have been addiction, LGBTQ+ counselling, suicide, shame, bereavement and compulsivity. I have also studied Existential and Cognitive Behavioural Counselling. These models have informed my practice but the principles of the Person Centred Approach are always at the core of my work with clients.
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
I offer a free initial consultation session. All sessions are one-on-one (for individuals only)
After the initial session I charge £50.00 for a 50 minute session. You can also book 6 sessions for the discounted price of £270.00 (£45.00)
I also offer a concession rate of £35.00 per session to a limited number of clients. This rate is available to students and unemployed individuals. The concession rate can not be applied to evening sessions. You can also book 6 sessions for the discounted price of £180.00 (£30.00)
You can book and pay for sessions online. Alternatively payment can be taken in person by American Express, Bank transfer, Cash, Mastercard, Visa.