David Sunter

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MBACP - Face to face and online counselling
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Ashbourne DE6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Let me begin by saying just how wonderful it is that you are seeking to make changes in your life, and you have taken the first step. 

For some folk living life with its ups and downs seems fairly doable. But for some of us the challenges thrown up by our lives at times seem overwhelming. My journey to understand and change began 34 years ago. I therefore completely connect with people who don't understand quite why they feel the way they do or appreciate the difficulty of changing even with knowledge or experience that says 'doing something differently would be wise'.

My experience

I have been working in the recovery field for over 20 years, training initially in a rehabilitation centre in Kent for people suffering from many different types of addictions to both substances and processes. Prior to that training and subsequent promotion I studied Adlerian Individual Psychology, helping me to understand why people are the way they are, and the origins in childhood of decisions made that track people into adulthood and which require reviewing.

I have worked extensively with addicted health care professionals and their families during the last 15 years.

How I can help you

The relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, along with thorough assessment (sometimes in conjunction with medical professionals) and the developing of a trusting relationship, usually gives the key to the client to enable them to move forward with their lives.

Even the smallest piece of knowledge accompanied by a change in behaviour/thinking can produce lasting life changing results.

I have no wish for a client to become dependent on me as some problems can be identified examined and moved on from quite rapidly.

My role is simply to enable someone to understand what's going on and help them choose the path of least resistance to a more peaceful life.

How to get started

I offer a free initial consultation for 40 minutes on the telephone to answer any questions you might have. Please send me an email to book or for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate and Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies - Centre for research on drugs and health behaviour, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London 1993 -1994.

  • Diploma in Adlerian Individual Psychology
  • E.M.D.R - 3 levels - York University 2006 - 2007
  • EAP level 2 - 2008 (Utah, USA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy)
  • Clinical Outreach Representative for UK and Europe - Cross Roads Centre Antigua

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Decision making
  • Friends & Family affected by other people's difficulties
  • Co-dependency
  • Loss & Grief
  • Retirement
  • Fear of taking prescribed medication
  • Issues for the farming community
  • Awareness of prison and all the issues surrounding that.


Additional information

Free initial consultation for 20 minutes on the telephone.

Fees for individual sessions and couples (also available on Zoom) are arranged according to a persons circumstances.

Family Interventions (Addiction) are negotiated as a separate price.

Please feel free to call or email me for more information on fees. 

When I work

I can tailor my availability to your needs - offering weekday and weekends, daytime and evening appointments.

Home visits available (under certain circumstances).

Further information

CPD ongoing

2 Madge Mews, Park Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1FN

Ashbourne, DE6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme