David Poynor

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HDip, MBACP (Accred)
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Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4EX
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About me

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 your 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 my website.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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


£40.00 - £55.00
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

I offer a free initial consultation session. All sessions are one-on-one (for individuals only)

After the initial session, I charge £60.00 for a 50 minute session. You can also book 6 sessions for the discounted price of £300.00 (£50.00)

You can book and pay for sessions online. Alternatively, payment can be taken in person by American Express, Bank transfer, Cash, Mastercard, Visa.

If you are interested in booking a consultation or finding out more information please contact me.

When I work

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344 Croydon Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4EX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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David Poynor
David Poynor