Accredited Cognitive Behavoural Therapist - David Williams
69 Church Road
Hello, my name is David Williams and I am based in Lancing and Hove...
1. I am a Masters degree level general counsellor and psychotherapist (Accredited training)...
I qualified as a Psychotherapist after having completed a 4-year UKCP accredited training, in 2005. I graduated with a Masters degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative counselling and psychotherapy. This means that I can work with clients according to their personal requirements, rather than using a 'one size, fits all' approach.
2. I am also a fully qualified CBT therapist (Accredited)
I have the 'gold-standard' training (full time) and qualification (Masters level) from University of Sussex, in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Importantly the course is accredited by the UK's leading CBT body, the BABCP. This means that I can work for the NHS as a psychotherapist treating those with the most complex disorders - Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Depression, Panic, OCD and Anxiety.
Apart from my private practice, I also have four years experience working for the N.H.S., receiving referrals from GP's and Psychiatrists. I have an excellent track record for helping my clients reach recovery.
I will give you a warm welcome and will try my hardest to make you feel comfortable upon arrival. I will then (if you don’t already know) explain how counselling/therapy works, again in order to help you settle in and feel as comfortable as possible. I will then ask you to share your problem/s which will enable me to describe how I will be able to help you. We would also discuss what you would like to get from counselling/therapy and set goals to keep us focused and on-track. My aim is to help you reach your goals and leave counselling/therapy as soon as possible.
I would regularly review progress and find out if you’re getting what you need from counselling/therapy – I encourage an open and honest therapeutic relationship and do my best to make sure you feel safe to be open and honest. Being able to be fully expressive in a safe enough environment can be helpful.
I take a warm, non-judgemental and collaborative approach. I let you take the lead, but I keep an eye on your goals for counselling/therapy, to make sure we don’t waste your time and reach your goals as soon as possible.
Anxiety and depression Specialist…
Like most Cognitive Behavioural Therapists specializing in the treatment of anxiety and depression, I believe that negative thinking patterns actually cause you to feel anxious or depressed. Anxiety (as opposed to productive stress) is triggered by thoughts of threat or danger and looking at your life in a pessimistic, self-critical way.
Likewise, depression primarily results from thinking about loss or other incidents which damage your self-esteem. A negative loop of emotionally damaging effects is created. You can, however, learn to identify thoughts, moods and behaviours at an early stage and intervene to break the destructive cycle.
In addition to increasing your awareness and examining the accuracy of your thinking patterns, I work in a therapeutic partnership with you to confront your fears and to encourage change. When patients take the difficult step of dealing with troublesome issues – rather than avoiding them – they usually discover that their worst fears aren’t nearly as terrible as they imagined.
Research has shown that creating new patterns of thinking and action can actually change the organization of the mind. Positive Emission Tomography (PET) and MRI findings indicate that cognitive and behavioural modifications occurring in a psychotherapeutic setting actually modify the dysfunctional neural circuitry associated with mood disorders. With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you are functionally “rewiring” your brain!
In the final phase of counselling/therapy, I will help you to take away a synopsis of the work covered and an onward plan to help you keep on-track, post counselling/therapy
***** ” To David, I want to thank you for all your help in CBT – it has made me have renewed hope and has enabled me to live my life to the full again! I wish you all the best in your amazing work!” (Panic disorder – Lancing, West Sussex)
***** “Dear David, Thank you very much for all the help and time that you have given me, you have been such a big help and have certainly got me over a difficult time in my life” (General anxiety disorder – Lewes, East Sussex)
***** “To David, Thank you so much for helping me these past ten months. You have really helped me to understand my illness and where it stems from. You’ve helped me learn new coping mechanism’s and helped me to learn how to get out of my head. I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me and I wish you all the best, thank you!” (Personality disorder – Newhaven, East Sussex)
***** “Dear David, I will miss our sessions because they have been so helpful. please feel free to give any clients my details as a recommendation!” (Depression – Steyning, West Sussex)
*****"I contacted David when I was at a low point struggling with anxiety and alcohol which was affecting my life, both with work and relationships. David is a lovely person, kind and reassuring, and made me feel completely at ease in the sessions. His logical approach to CBT is spot-on and he never loses focus of what needs to be achieved in each session and in the long-term. I have noticed huge improvements in my ability to cope with anxiety, my relationships and my general outlook to life.
Thanks again, David!" (Male: Anxiety/low self-esteem - Worthing)
*****"When I started looking for a counsellor independent from the NHS, I felt that I was in a desperate place. I had already been in and out of therapy for a number of years through the NHS and various charities and due to the limitation in sessions, I actually believed that my problems could never be fixed.
As soon as I started talking to David on the phone, I knew he was the right person for me. I felt calm, reassured and for a moment hopeful. This was the beginning of a journey which would set me up for the rest of my life. David provided a safe place for me to discuss what I thought my problems were. He was able to help me focus and structure my goals for therapy. I had ownership of my healing.
David was excellent at enabling me to face myself in a true light and he was always sensitive but I needed to be challenged in the way that I thought about myself.
Much of the therapy was centred around CBT and David was able to provide the tools that I will continue to use. David gave me fantastic support and I cant recommend him highly enough - thank you David for enabling me to set myself free!" (Female: Anxiety/stress/low self-esteem - Worthing)
Received July, 2017 (client with diagnosis of Schizophrenia)
I have been to therapy sessions with David every Friday morning for nearly a year. When I first started Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I was extremely upset and was having aural/visual hallucinations. I believe that the voices I hear are from Demons, taunting me and telling me to do things. Some of my previous experiences in life were horrific and I took a lot of drink and drugs for over 20 years. I had a lot of bad things going on.
At first I was sceptical about CBT as some old friends had undergone the therapy and found it to be non-effective, but I felt assured by David’s tone and presence that I was not just in therapy session, but a friendly meeting. We quickly found a common ground to base our sessions on, and I felt respected by David. He is very honest and sincere person, and also has a happy temperament, which is very cheering for someone with screaming in his head.
I can honestly say that if it weren’t for David, and God’s will, I would probably be doing CBT in some far away prison, considering the thoughts and feelings I was having. A couple of times, when I had small episodes, David reassured me and I was ok. I learnt the CBT models, and found that with David’s help, I was able to understand them. I am hard to teach because I forget so easily. I found the therapy very useful and talking helped a lot. I learnt that I wasn’t totally alone. I found CBT very helpful.
I would like to say that in my experience, David has been a brilliant therapist, excellent at spotting detail and emotions. He is naturally good at making you feel at ease and that he is in no way against you. He listened to me carefully and came up with tailor-made strategies for coping with certain things. He is vey patient and understanding.
I have much more confidence in myself now, and have learned to see things developing from an early stage, and can now cope with them. This has been an excellent year for me mentally. Thank you David!”
Training, qualifications & experience
4-years NHS experience, treating patients suffering with Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Phobia's, and latterly those with Psychosis and Personality Disorders and currently, in private practice from home.
PG Diploma in Integrative counselling and psychotherapy, (2005)
Masters degree in Integrative counselling and psychotherapy, (2013)
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), (2017)
BABCP member - Accrediting body for Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to address:
- Social Anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Low Self-Esteem
If you don’t want CBT, I am also trained at Masters degree level in humanistic psychotherapy.
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Sessions are £55 in Lancing and £65 in Hove: During our first session, I usually ask you for some details about your life, personal history and what you would like from therapy, to ensure I am an appropriate person for you to see and to consider how we could work together. If you might benefit from seeing a different therapist or another specialist, I will discuss this with you.
LGBT experienced. Worked as a counsellor at London's Metro Centre, Greenwich, for 3 years. Worked specifically with those clients from the LGBT background.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client