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About me

Hello I am David a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years of experience.

Thank you for visiting my online profile, you are probably looking for some help to resolve a problem, or to make deeper changes in how you see yourself and the quality of your life. Sometimes this may be a feeling that things are "not quite right" or you are living in a way that seems overly restrictive or self defeating. You might believe that your reactions to events or to others are self limiting. Alternatively, you may experience some of the problems I have listed below which often involve a heightened level of stress or anxiety. If this sounds familiar then please get in touch for an initial meeting using the links on this page.

Please note;

During the current restrictions arising from Covid 19, I am working either online or by telephone with the intention of moving to face to face work when it is safe for us to do so. Please contact me via email or telephone if you are interested in counselling or psychotherapy which may include the problems listed below or if you would like some space to talk through your concerns about how the Covid 19 pandemic may be effecting you. I am aware that the current level of uncertainty we all face can bring other anxieties to the surface and trigger difficulties that in normal circumstances remain dormant or manageable.

Problems that people work through in psychotherapy or counselling

  • Resolving traumas, both recent and historic
  • Anger, stress and crisis management
  • Understanding and resolving anxiety and panic attacks
  • Finding healthy ways out of depression
  • Releasing creative potential
  • Resolving relationship problems at home, work and socially
  • Promoting and supporting life style change and self development
  • Understanding and changing addictive behaviour
  • Coming to terms with bereavement and loss
  • Exploring and integrating difference and diversity.

My Approach

I understand that deciding to come to psychotherapy or counselling can feel like a daunting first step. My approach is to take time to hear what is troubling you and work with you to explore the behavioural patterns, thoughts, feelings and sensations associated with what you are experiencing. From these we can begin to understand the conscious and unconscious messages and beliefs that influence how you live your life. Often what we experience as problems or troubles result from what has happened to us either earlier in life, recently or both. I think we deal with events and circumstances in the best way we can at the time, however, these ways of coping may no longer be useful for how you want to live now. I will support you in deciding what changes you want to make and help you put these into action.

Sessions, what to expect

In our initial session you can begin to discuss your problems or difficulties. We will discuss what you want to get from counselling or psychotherapy and agree when we will meet.

During our initial sessions we will agree the out-comes you want from our sessions. You can change these and amend them at any time during our work. In these sessions we begin to bring into awareness beliefs and patterns of behaviour, you may feel are no longer useful to you. This may also be a time when you get support in dealing effectively with a crisis, stress or traumas.

Thanks for visiting here and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards


Training, qualifications & experience

I have undertaken extensive training in counselling and psychotherapy and have acquired experience in my counselling and psychotherapy practice since 1997. I am committed to my on going professional development and regularly attend courses and workshops. All my work is supported through regular supervision.

I hold the following memberships, accreditations and qualifications.

  • Level 1 in Sensorimotor Psychoytherapy for Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defences, and Traumatic Memory
  • MSc in TA psychotherpay
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy registered Psychotherapist (UKCP)
  • Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist
  • Metanoia Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst ( Psychotherapy)
  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • Member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
  • Member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy
  • Member of The Internetional Association for Relational Transactional Analysis
  • I hold a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

I work in accordance with the following codes of ethics and professional practice.

  • The BACP ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • The code of ethics and professional practice of the UKATA which is a member of UKCP

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Association for Transactional Analysis

UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.


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

UK Council for 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.


During the current restrictions arising from Covid 19, I am working either online or by telephone with the intention of moving to face to face work when it is safe for us to do so

Further information

I believe we can have close relationships in which we are open to appreciating and living with each others similarities and differences. I have a keen interest in how we go about our relationships. I believe each of us can find ways to improve how we get on with others while maintaining a good sense of ourselves.

I like to find ways to live my life creatively, this may be by finding a solution to a problem or by creating something new. I believe that we can all live our lives creatively and that sometimes we need help to find out how to release this potential.

As key part of holding these beliefs I think it is important to get the support of others and, whilst friends and family can be valuable in this regard, sometimes independent help is necessary. I key part of my own experience has been to undertake my own psychotherapy journey.

Cryers Hill
High Wycombe

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I am easily accessible from Amersham, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury, Chesham, Wendover, Princes Risborourgh, Stokenchurch , Gerrards Cross and the Chalfonts as well as from Thame and Maidenhead. I have off street parking and offer telephone counselling

David Tidsall MSc Psychotherapy UKCP registered BACP accredited

David Tidsall MSc Psychotherapy UKCP registered BACP accredited