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Integrative Counsellor MBACP

About me

My name is David Seaman and I am a qualified integrative counsellor.

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, the internal and external voices are overwhelming. Counselling is an opportunity to address these feelings, to sit with emotions that may be unfamiliar.

I know counselling can help because I have seen many individuals 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 gain assertiveness, meaning you can make decisions that get your needs met, these are the changes that last.

There is not a one size fits all guide to personal growth and development, I do not believe in 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.  I will be with you as we explore the past, present and future, in a safe place, where you will not be judged.

​Experience:   

Counsellor at Iceni in Ipswich for four and a half years.

Keyworker/Creative therapist at Focus 12 Rehab for two and a half years.

I have over 900 hours experience of one to one counselling with clients.

​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.

'I found working with David greatly helpful as he was able to gently guide me through topics each week. Even with the difficulty of the sessions having to take place over Zoom, he was still able to make me feel at ease and I felt genuinely listened to. I also appreciated his concerns for my benefit of the sessions as he would regularly ask if he needed to do anything different, although I never felt he did need to. If during the session we spoke about particularly heavy topics I never felt rushed or cut off by David, he ensured to listen and respond fully before the session ended. I also found it very considerate that David was able to alter his price due to financial complications, this made it far less of a concern. I think that with the sessions over zoom it delayed the develop of a therapeutic relationship but only slightly as David was very clear and communicative each week which still allowed for trust and comfort to develop. I also appreciated how accommodating David was if I needed to rearrange a session, although I’m sure this wasn’t always ideal for him, he never made me feel like I was being an inconvenience.' 22 Year old female client's testimonial 2021.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative counselling and psychotherapy at University Campus Suffolk.
  • British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists Certificate of proficiency.
  • MBACP 
  • Level 5 Diploma in integrative counselling and psychotherapy, accredited by Middlesex University.
  • Have undergone training in remote counselling for telephone and online work.
  • Over 900 one to one Client hours (face to face, zoom and phone counselling.
  • I believe in regular continuing personal development (CPD), and that learning and personal development is essential for practising counsellors, I have uploaded my recent CPD certificates below for 2022.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£45 - 50 minutes per session.

I offer concessions as much as I am able to, I believe passionately that counselling should be affordable for everyone and that the quality of counselling is not to be determined by cost. Charities do what they can but I do not believe there is enough funding for mental health and that many people fall within the cracks.

Further information

Basepoint business centre has a reception area where there is coffee, vending machines and a comfortable seating area, this can be utilized by clients, if required, before/after face to face counselling sessions. The building has free parking and is just off the A14, it is also not in the town centre which makes the location more discreet.

Basepoint Centre, 70-72 The Havens, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9BF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom