About me

EnjoyLife Counselling in Southwest Manchester for adults, couples, children and families.

Are you feeling that life could be a bit better, or even a lot better?

Either way and for whatever cause, be it big or small, counselling can usually help.

Please take time to phone, text or email me and I will get back to you to tell you a little about counselling in general and my service in particular. If you then want to know more, we could arrange to meet. If not, we can leave it at that. However, I do find that clients invariably benefit from the service, even if they come convinced it will not work for them.

When you think you have run out of people who will listen to the hard things in your life, I can be there for you.

I help all sorts of people, regardless of gender, age, race, disability, belief or status in life. My training enables me to work with a wide variety of issues. I list some here. I see children, adults, couples and families for issues including:

Anxiety, Depression Work related stress, Other sources of stress, Suicidal thoughts, Addictions, Bereavement, Separation/divorce, Loss of any sort, Bullying, Anger, Abuse of any sort, Domestic violence, Aggression, Self harm, Low self-confidence, Personality disorders, Post-traumatic-stress disorder, Post psychotic conditions, Relationship problems, Toxic relationships, Spirituality, Religious issues, Sexual issues, Trauma, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Hypersensitivity, Over medication, Aspergers support

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to its ethical guidelines, so your confidentiality is paramount.  If you leave a message, please say what times are best for me to get back to you. I will not mention the reason for the call until I know it is you and you can talk.

I aim to meet new clients quickly. My primary aim is always to help you. I work most weekdays including evenings. It’s usually best to text me in the first instance or email with a phone number.

My qualifications indicate my training and life experience, but my most important gift is to listen to your story and to be with you in your concerns, however challenging or difficult they may be. I will treat anything you say with professional confidence. I have work published in BACP journals. I am a counselling supervisor.

I offer a simple and effective meditation practice within my service.

David Waite BSc Hon, Dip BA, MSc Counselling Psychology, Reg MBACP.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • Dip BA Manchester Business School
  • BSc Hon Imperial College.
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Working with Families
  • Certificate in Working with Children and Young People
  • Certificate in Counselling Assessment
  • Certificate in Supervision


  • Counselling for the marginalised for an inner City Project.
  • Counselling in urban setting offering subsidised fees.
  • Own Counselling practice for a broad range of clients.
  • Papers published in Counselling Journals
  • Delivered paper at BACP Trauma Conference.
  • Local bi-monthly 3 session group meditation programmes: 'Meditation can Transform your Life', serving the local community and NHS Mental Health Services.
  • Previous professional career

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I expect my clients to suffer from some element of trauma. Anxiety is normally a feature of that too.

Supporting victims of sociopathic behaviour is a speciality. This can cause enormous anxiety.


Additional information

I am not funded by the NHS or any other body. My normal charge is £40 for a nominal hour for individuals and £65 for couples and families. I will consider a reduced fee in case of hardship.

When I take into account my expenses and the time each client gets over and above face to face time, my hourly rate is less than my window cleaner’s. I am happy my windows are clean but he doesn’t change my life.


I work most weekdays including evenings. Please email me in the first instance or text your email address if possible. My phone is not on at all times.

Further information

Research of IAPT counsellor performances in 2017 indicated that less the 50% were effective. My effectiveness is ~95%.

Small Sample of Testimonies

I had to leave (counselling) due to work (starting) at the hospital but I am loving every minute it. I’ve changed so much this past year and never thought I would be where I am today and it’s thanks to your help. I have my Nan and your advice helping me and I couldn’t be happier.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me through a difficult time and for really listening. I really appreciated you taking the time to understand my situation and for believing I could come out the other side. Thank you for understanding and for helping me understand my situation more. Thank you for your patience and kindness. It meant so much.

Thank you for everything, David, I could not have done this without your support and guidance.

I have gained so much confidence with myself to be able to socialise with a lot of people being myself, I would like to thank you so much for helping me and standing by me.

Frankly its been useful to me and I felt so much better. I do appreciate you. Thanks for everything you have done for me.

Hi David, just thought i'd say hi and ask how you are! and thank you so so so so... much for everything,

Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
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.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Certificate in Supervision from Think Therapy accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists  I am a qualified supervisor.

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