Dr David Spalter Counselling Psychologist CPsychol HCPC Registered
Therapy is a means of exploring oneself - both for personal development and also to resolve personal, emotional and psychological difficulties. It is a way of examining your past and your present in order to decide upon your future.
Who am I?
My name is David and I am Chartered Integrative Counselling Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and I am a UKCP accredited Integrative Psychotherapist.
I integrate theory and approaches from various models to tailor my approach to suit your individual needs; I respect that each person experiences events differently depending on the influences from their past experiences, past relationships, cultural background and the context in which we live. I therefore strive to understand you through your own unique lens before considering the approach that will be most beneficial.
As a relational therapist, I place the relationship between therapist and client at the heart of my work and see this relationship as an important part of the therapy process.
Why talk to a psychologist?
At times we can feel confused and very alone with our problems and suffering. We may feel that we have no one we can talk things through with or it can be difficult to talk to our loved ones, perhaps because they are too close to us. It can be easier to speak to someone we don't 'know' like a therapist.
How can therapy help me?
It is inevitable that at times we will experience difficult feelings, or face challenges which can leave us feeling confused, troubled, isolated and distressed. These problems not only affect us, but can also have an impact on other relationships in our lives. Counselling can be beneficial in that it provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore problems and alleviate distress. Through the client-therapist relationship you can -
- Reflect upon and increase awareness about what is troubling you
- Express your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values
- Consider the choices and options available to you
- Acquire clarity in coping or responding to situations/dilemmas
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Doctorate in Integrative Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. As an integrative therapist, I have been trained to work with a broad range of models and theories (CBT, psychodynamic, existential, humanistic and gestalt psychotherapy).
For a period of over 15 years, I have gained extensive and varied experience, in relation to different client groups and presenting issues, through my work as a therapist, clinical lead and manager in GP practices, mental health services, substance misuse projects and charity settings.
I have also worked with a wide range of people from various different cultures and backgrounds who have experienced a variety of issues that includes depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management and addiction, as well those detailed below.
I hold membership for the following organizations:
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Registered member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
I adhere to the BPS and UKCP codes of ethics and good practice.
I continue to attend regular training courses to maintain my Chartered Status, as well as, regular supervision sessions, in accordance with the Professional Codes of conduct (BPS & HCPC).
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
- Initial 50 minute assessment session £80.
- Weekly 50 minute session £80.
- Some low cost concession spaces are available.
- lower cost spaces available for trainees
- Clinical supervision between £50- £70 (reduced fees for groups)
- I also conduct sessions via Skype.
I strongly believe that therapy and psychological help should be available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. I therefore offer some slots at a reduced rate which can be negotiated depending on your income.
I am registered with several of the major health insurance companies and fees may be recoverable for people who are insured. Clients should check with their provider for more information.