David Willis

Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8BL 07503877938 07503877938 07503877938 07503877938
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8BL

About me

As a Counsellor I have the privilege of supporting clients through their journeys of self discovery.  As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I follow their ethical guidelines for practice.

Whilst my initial training was as a Person Centred Counsellor (working with feelings) I also have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (working with thoughts) and Behavioural Family Therapy (working with behaviours) as "Family Work".  Also, I have basic training in Systemic Thinking and Practice, considering your life in context.  Counselling can be adapted to include elements of different therapy models, if clients feel it may be helpful.

Areas of particular interest to me are working towards resolving men's issues, identity and gender identity, self-esteem/assertiveness, depression and anxiety, recovery from abuse/anger/hurt/addiction situations, communication and relationships.

All clients are welcome.  Whoever you are, you are unique.  Wherever you fit in this world, there is only one of you, and your presence in this world matters.

Private practice appointments are offered at Poplar Road in Cleethorpes, and appointments can be arranged either for a fixed time on a fixed day or at varying times and days,  depending on your needs, to fit around your life, eg childcare, family responsibilities, work shift patterns, working away from home.

There is good local public transport: by bus (one minute walk from bus stop); by train (five minute walk from Cleethorpes train station): with car parking outside the office for those arriving by car.

My room/office is on the ground floor, accessible by wheelchair, and has toilet facilities, including a wheelchair accessible WC. 

I also offer:

  • Anger self-management, aimed at helping clients to find ways to resolve their anger.
  • Emotional and mental relaxation through guided visualisation and/or meditation.
  • Reiki healing - please note I do not offer this as part of counselling, but as a separate service.
  • Counselling Supervision for Counsellors

I understand it can be difficult, and requires a great deal of courage, for many people to seek help, and this is especially true for men who may believe it is not manly to admit to there being any benefit in talking therapies.  I am not here to tell you what to do, only to support you while you explore your options.  You already have the wisdom to solve your challenges, find your way, and set out to get where you want to go.  I am here only to help you read the map on this occasion, in hope that you will be confident to do this by yourself in future.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and training include the following (you are welcome to view the full range of my certificates in my office if you wish):

  • BA (Hons) Counselling Studies, 2:1 (2012)
  • UKATA Transactional Analysis 101 (Introductory) (2013)
  • Post graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Distinction (2014)
  • NCFE Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (2014)
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1 (Introduction) (2014)
  • Working with Problem Gamblers (2015)
  • Post Graduate University Advanced Diploma in Systemic Thinking and Practice (2015)
  • Safeguarding Adults (2016)
  • Basic Life Support (2016)
  • SCIP course completed - Supporting Social Communication and Interaction - a Programme for Parents and Professionals (2016) 6 x 3 hours CPD.  Please note that I am not trained to work with children and work only with adults.
  • Residential component of PG Dip in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy - includes "Introduction to Clinical Sexology with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients". (2016) 14 hours CPD.  Please note I am not qualified to offer sex therapy, only relationship therapy.
  • Pink Therapy Post Graduate Diploma in Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Therapy. (2017)
  • Working with Men - 7 Key Tips for working successfully with Men in Therapy - (2017)  6 hours CPD
  • Working on Practice - A Gestalt Approach to Dreams (2017) 6 hours CPD
  • Understanding Eating Disorders (2017) - 3 hours CPD
  • Gamcare Refresher Training (2018) - 7 hours CPD
  • Diploma - Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision - CPCAB Level 6 qualification. (2018)
  • NCRG Seminar - Educating Patrons and Employees about Responsible Gaming 0 What does the Research Say? (2018) - 1.5 hours CPD
  • SystemOne Training (2018)
  • Dementia Awareness (2018)
  • Mental Health Awareness (2018)
  • Infection Prevention and Control for Non-clinical Staff (2018)
  • Health, Safety, and Welfare (2018)
  • Equality Diversity and Human Rights- General Awareness (2018)
  • Fire Safety (2018)
  • Patient Moving and Handling (2018)
  • Moving and Handling (inanimate objects) (2018)
  • Information Governance (2018)
  • Prevent 01 (2018)
  • Safeguarding Children Level 2 (2018)
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 (2018)
  • Safeguarding Adults Level 2 (2018)
  • Conflict Resolution (2018)
  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights - Promoting Understanding (2018)
  • NCRG I Love a Good Clinical Handout! The Neurobiology of Gambling Disorder (2018)
  • Basic Life Support (2019)
  • Respect Foundation and Refresher (2019)
  • NCRG Practice Guidelines for Treating Gambling-Related Problems: An Evidence-based Treatment Guide for Clinicians. (2019)

Experience includes diverse issues, such as gender identity and gender dysphoria; relationship difficulties; sexual abuse (from childhood), sexual abuse as adults, emotional abuse, and the effects of other physical abuse in adulthood; employment problems; parenting difficulties; lower self-esteem and self-confidence; bereavement; sexuality; addiction, especially gambling; anger/hurt, and other difficulty with expressing feelings/communicating.

I believe that all clients already have within them the wisdom and ability to be the best people they can be. My part, then, is to support clients so that they can discover or rediscover their own path forward.

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

gender identity,  trans man, trans woman, gambling


£35.00 per hour for individuals (reductions may be available for students)
£45.00 per hour for couples

Supervision - please enquire

Further information

NB. I am not qualified to diagnose or give any kind of medical advice, and therefore do not do this.

So, although I am happy to support clients who have conditions that may also require medical attention, I am only able to do so if that person accepts the medical help available for the physical aspect of their condition from suitably qualified sources.  For example

If a person has an addiction such as drugs or alcohol they may need medical support from their GP and/or a local Drugs and Alcohol service.

A person with an eating disorder (where physical weight may cause life-threatening problems) may need support from their GP and/or an eating disorder specialist unit.

David Willis
Office Suite Number 7
Poplar Road Office Suites
DN35 8BL

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Please note that the entrance with a ramp accessible for wheelchairs is at the end furthest away from Poplar Road itself, nearest the car parking area.


Monday - Friday between 9 am and 9 pm. Some weekends by arrangement only.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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