David Carvalho BACP & BABCP Accredited
I offer my service as a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist and BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I also practice as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner and Couple Counsellor. In addition to my private practice, I work for the NHS, treating people with psychological difficulties such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety and specific phobias.
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and an associate member of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (BEFT).
Below is a summary of the approaches which underpin my practice, you may find these present in our therapy sessions together.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
My CBT practice is based on psychological therapies that have proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive disorders. This means that during therapy we will explore how your thinking patterns, affect how you feel emotionally and behave, whilst working towards alternative ways to enable you to enhance your mood. The overall aim is to facilitate you in becoming your own therapist. This is achieved in a warm and empathic manner where I provide a safe non-judgmental atmosphere. I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, taking the time to find the most helpful and effective way of working with you.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
I have clinical experience of using EMDR with complex problems. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of traumatic life experiences. EMDR works directly on the brain where traumatic experiences are frozen and often inaccessible to the conscious mind. The ultimate aim of the treatment is to work through the suppressed distressful emotions linked with the traumatic experience and to dismantle and reconstruct the negative self-beliefs developed as a result of the traumatic experience. In the case of a single trauma sustained in adulthood, there will be 1 or 2 assessment sessions, followed by 1 or 2 sessions discussing and preparing for EMDR treatment, followed by at least 2 or 3 treatment sessions. The number of actual treatment sessions depends on the nature and number of distressing memories or complexity of the problem.
My work with couples focus on communication difficulties and intimacy issues within the relationship. I provide a safe space where you can focus on your relationship and work together to find a way forward for yourselves. With professional support, you can learn to communicate more clearly with each other, explore patterns in your relationship, shift blockages, and try out new ways of being together.
My approach to couple counselling is focused on adult attachment and emotionally focused couple’s therapy (EFT). EFT is a change process that facilitates movement from distress to recovery by transforming negative cycles of interaction into safe emotional connection between intimate partners. Based on the science of emotions and attachment theory as well as humanistic and systemic theories, EFT has a high success rate in achieving secure, resilient relationships in couples and in helping people to flexibly manage their emotional experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
During my training I undertook varied specialist placements working with childhood trauma, counselling services within university, statutory, volunatary and community based projects. I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP, BABCP, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, Marriage Care and undertake ongoing Continuing Professional Development.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Richman EMDR training. (Parts 1-3: fully approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E): University of Exeter
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): BABCP accredited:University of Exeter
Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BACP accredited): University of South Wales
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling ( BACP accredited):University of South Wales
BA (Hons) Community Justice/Diploma in Probation Studies:University of South Wales
BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology: University of South Wales
Postgraduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (endorsed by BACP): Marriage care
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
The fee for ongoing appointments is £50 per session for individuals and £60 per session for couples/EMDR. I work both short term and long term with clients. Sessions are payable at the end of each session by cash or prior to sessions via bank transfer.
Sessions take place on the same day and at the same time each week. Sessions for individuals last for 50 minutes and for couples for 60 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged.
Cancellation Policy: Wherever possible I will try and accommodate requests to reschedule appointments. However, the full fee will be charged for appointments that are cancelled less than 7 days before the appointment.
My practice is located at Southville Clinic, 68 Coronation Road, Southville Bristol BS3 1AS. This is within easy reach of public transport as well as onsite parking at the back of the Clinic in Southville Road. There is also on street parking for 3 hours at a price of £1 an hour, bike racks are available on site.
Train: Bedminster train station is a 10-minute walk away and Bristol Temple Meads Station is a 15-minute walk.
Bus U1 stops directly outside the Clinic; Bus 24/25stops on Coronation Road and Dean Lane. Bus 500/510stop on Cumberland Road. We are just across the Gaol Ferry Bridge. Buses 52/75/76/90/121/511/512/672 and N6 also stop on Bedminster Parade or East Street in Bedminster.