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About me

My name is David.

I am a level 4 counsellor; I have trained for 4 years and I am qualified and registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy). I work within an ethical framework, building a professional relationship within the counselling room where we can work together. I have my own practice and provide a safe and confidential environment.

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I use a person centred approach, integrating a variety of specific therapies in addition to addressing social and spiritual aspects. This allows you to explore your own conscious thoughts and find answers that will unlock the underlying difficulties you are experiencing and move forward with a better understanding of yourself.

I have had a lot of experience with the Richmond project and Cruse, this has given me invaluable experience and knowledge of loss, grief, bereavement, separation anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, self-harm, trauma and feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness.

I appreciate that choosing the right counsellor can be difficult, one size certainly does not fit all, and it is critical that you feel completely at ease with your choice. That is why I encourage you to contact me for an informal discussion.my

Training, qualifications & experience

  • NSCF cache L2 In counselling skills.
  • NSCF cache L2 In understanding children and young people's mental health.
  • NSCF cache L3 In counselling.
  • CPCAB L4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling.
  • I'm a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • The foundation for infant loss Training.
  • The foundation for infant loss in assisting clients with subsequent pregnancy after loss.
  • Cruse awareness in bereavement care.
  • Creative Art therapy, colour and sand tray.
  • CBT.
  • Spiritual awareness.
  • Safeguarding adults.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy


Fees are £40 per session - sessions lasting 50 minutes.

Concessions available for key workers and students.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I'm registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy).

What does this mean for you?

  • It means I have met the BACP's standards of registration
  • I have regular supervision, with a qualified supervisor, ensuring my practice is ethical and follows good practice guidelines laid down by the BACP
  • I am committed to my continual professional development
  • I adhere to the BACP's ethical framework
  • I am fully insured with a liability insurance.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I have flexible working hours to suit your needs

Types of client

Shining Light Counselling - David Rouse

Shining Light Counselling - David Rouse