About me

Hi, I'm Dave and I work as a fully qualified person-centred Counsellor supporting both adults and adolescents. I strongly believe that we can all access change and that we all have the capacity to find a way forward if we are supported and guided appropriately. This is where a therapeutic relationship with a Counsellor can help, with the outcome often life-changing and life-affirming.

My approach is considered and thoughtful, whilst relevant to the ever changing world around us.  I consider my process to be real and to the point, holding the core values of mutual trust and respect at the forefront. This enables me to forge a therapeutic relationship with my clients which guides them gently towards self-reflection and empowers them with the understanding and tools to access personal change and inspire growth.

I was born and raised in North London during a time in which mental health was rarely spoken about or acknowledged, and for the past 20 years I have worked alongside a number of Local Authorities in providing Alternative Education solutions for excluded pupils and individuals who have struggled to feel like they "fit in". This has gifted me real insight into how many of us can struggle with our mental wellbeing and the impact that this can have on our day to day experiences.

I created and designed a number of programmes and interventions to empower and assist young people in meeting their full potential, with a focus on developing their understanding of the importance of their own emotional wellness.

I continue to work in local schools as a Visiting Counsellor, in addition to providing Consultancy in connection with Wellbeing and Mental Health and promoting understanding of the links between this and negative behaviour. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPBAC Counselling Skills Level 1 and 2.
  • CPBAC Counselling Studies Level 3.
  • CPBAC Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling.
  • Individual BACP member 
  • Volunteer at Hertfordshire MIND Network
  • 20+ years experience in supporting adolescents within Alternative Education provisions.
  • Currently working across Herts/Beds/Bucks and North London supporting schools and local authorities.

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

Finding a Counsellor that you are comfortable with can sometimes feel challenging. For this reason I offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation.

Session rate £50. 00 for a 50 minute session


I operate a flexible calendar which includes early and late appointments on weekdays in addition to daytime weekends.

Please do get in touch for more information on my current availability.

Further information

I work to support both adults and adolescents individually on a short or longer term basis.

My approach is guided by the needs of the client and for this reason I am happy to be able to offer face-to-face appointments in a comfortable and private space in HP3, in addition to remote sessions online or over the telephone for those who would prefer to access the support in this way.

All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.

Hemel Hempstead

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

David Vaughan

David Vaughan