David Sunter MBACP
For some folk living life with it's ups and downs seems fairly doable. But for some of us the challenges thrown up by our lives at times seem insurmountable. My journey to understand and change began 25 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'.
I have been working in the recovery field for nearly 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.
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.
I have worked extensively with addicted health care professionals and their families during the last 15 years.
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
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial consultation for 30 minutes on the telephone.
Fees for individual Sessions and Couples are arranged according to a persons circumstances.
Skype Sessions £40 an hour.
Family Interventions (Addiction) negotiated as a separate price.
If complicated due to travel - Skype sessions available.
I can tailor my availability to your needs - offering weekday and weekends, daytime and evening appointments.
Home visits available (under certain circumstances).