My name is David Seaman and I am an integrative Counsellor (MBACP) based in Ipswich.
I believe our childhood experiences form who we are in our adult relationships, we carry with us the traumas we experience in our lives, these can manifest themselves as psychological and physiological problems, we have to survive so we bury the unpleasant feelings, they are buried alive and want to get out, we suffer, experiencing anxiety, depression, mental and physical illness, voices say "get on with it!" "man up!" "There are people much worse off than you!" "that's life" "stop being hysterical!" "pull yourself together!""you're being over sensitive" etc etc, add some guilt, self-doubt, worthlessness and shame into the mix, it's too much, you're only human.
I know counselling can help because I have seen many individuals empowered enough to break the cycle. You can too.
Every relationship in life is unique and that includes every counsellor/client relationship. If you are on this website then you are looking for someone to help facilitate change.
I believe you have the answers within, my role as counsellor is to help you find your genuine self, for you to gain control over your life and the assertiveness to make decisions that get your needs met, there is not a one size fits all guide to personal growth and development, there are no quick fixes or short cuts
Seeing individuals grow and gain a genuine sense of identity brings me joy as a counsellor and is one of the reasons I love being one. I do not believe the counsellor role should be one that is authoritarian or directive, this is your journey, a counsellor can walk with you, gently and carefully exploring your past, present and future without judgement.
I have been a counsellor at Iceni in Ipswich for the last four and a half years.
I was a keyworker at Focus 12 Rehab for two and a half years.
I have worked with individuals facing a range of issues including trauma, depression, loss, anxiety, abuse, addiction and managing relationships.
I'm a registered member of the BACP and follow their ethical guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Trained to level 5 in integrative counselling and psychotherapy
- Have undergone training in remote counselling for telephone and online work.
- Various CPD training courses mainly surrounding addiction.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per 50 minute session