David Whittingham HPDip. RegMBACP
I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and a registered member with British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). My work in counselling is to ensure that I provide a safe, non-judgemental space for my clients to talk through and explore their problems. I work in a non-directive way, which means that my client is at the centre of the therapy and is free to explore their thoughts and feelings, with me supporting them along the way.
My work includes one to one therapy, dealing with a broad range of issues that clients may present. Working together we can identify your sense of negative thinking and feelings, bringing clarity to a confused and distressing way of being and allow for space to feel less overwhelmed by our problems.
Confidentiality is a critical element of working with my clients; at all times your anonymity will be respected by me. This is a key component to the work that I do in counselling and is encompassed within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, to which I adhere to.
As a registered member with the BACP it is important that I attend regular Supervision, which is an essential part of working as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist and underpins my work to ensure that I work safely, effectively and ethically. All client work discussed in supervision will also adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling professions and is subject to the Confidential agreement which is consistent with my clients.
With all my clients I can offer short or long-term psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Lewisham Counselling & Counsellor Training Associates (LC&CTA) and gained a Higher Professional Diploma level 5, Distinction in Person-Centered Counselling & Psychotherapy. Over the last 3 years I have added to this core training by attending Continued Professional Development (CPD) training such: Loss & Bereavement, Self-Harm, Working with clients on the Autism Spectrum, Rape and Sexual Support workshop, Anger Expression workshop, Substance Misuse, Adult Safeguarding & Child Safeguarding.
I also currently work in a voluntary capacity, providing counselling to clients aged 14-25. Working with such issues as Self-harm, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal ideation and Panic disorder; in addition to this I also work with clients who are on the Autistic spectrum or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This will also include Aspergers and clients who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With all the clients that I see my work is to bring a sense of understanding and compassion which may provide reassurance to my clients, enabling them to have a greater sense of awareness, acceptance and empowerment.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD)