David Willis

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BA (Hons)
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Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN35 8BL
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About me

As a Counsellor I have the privilege of supporting clients through their journeys of self discovery.  The aim is to help individuals as quickly as possible, and it is the client who decides how often and over what length of time they need to meet for counselling.  

With this in mind, as well as offering longer term counselling, I am also now able to offer Single Session Therapy.  This is intended to give clients the opportunity to work with one issue for one session, and we both work together to consider possible solutions to the pressing issue you are bringing to the session.   It aims to provide you with an action plan to help you start to move forward with an issue, in one session,  and to progress that at your own pace.  However, there is further help available if needed or wanted in the future.

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

Appointments are offered at the office in person, or by videoconferencing if this is what you would prefer.  

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.  The building has 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.
  • Single Session Therapy
  • Reiki healing - please note I do not offer this as part of counselling, but as a separate service.
  • Counselling Supervision for Counsellors
  • Couple counselling
  • Communication skills (exercises and role-play of skills)

I understand it can be difficult, and requires a great deal of courage, for many people to seek help.    You already have the wisdom to solve your challenges, find your way, and set out to get where you want to go. I am not here to tell you what to do.  I am here to support you while you explore your options.

The support I offer is like a friend who is cheering from the sidelines whilst you are achieving your goals. Or the passenger who is reading the map while you are driving - you are in control, and I am helping to read the map so that you can decide which way to go.

Whilst I will be here for you to come back to in the future,  if you feel you want to, the plan and the hope is that you will discover, or re-discover, the confidence and skills within yourself 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
  • SystmOne 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)
  • Introduction to Working with Couples Online (2020)
  • Single-Session Therapy with Relationship Problems (2020)
  • Statement of Participation: How to do counselling online: a Coronavirus primer (2020)
  • ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction: Culturally Adapting Evidence-based Treatments in Partnership with American Indians (2020)
  • Handle uncertainty healthily (2020)
  • Dealing with Procrastination (2020)
  • ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction: Redefining Responsible Gaming for Today's Gaming Industry (2020)
  • ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction: Recognising Stigma Embedded in Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Abuse Disorders (2020)
  • Dealing with Parent Difficulties using Single-Session Therapy (2020)
  • Certificate in Single-Session Therapy - CSST1 and CSST2 (2020)
  • An Introduction to Walking Therapy online workshop (2020)
  • ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction: Addictive Behaviour Relapse: Challenges in the treatment of Gambling Disorder and how Mindfulness may be helpful in breaking the relapse cycle (2020)
  • Working with Boarding School Survivors (2020)
  • When you have difficulties with your adult children: Single-Session Therapy Perspectives (2020)
  • Breathwork for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery Workshop (2020)
  • Effective Anger Management Tools for Working with Men (2020)
  • Population Health Global Summit Conference (2020)
  • BACP AGM including: The dehumanisation of the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020)
  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) Parts 1-3 (2020)
  • Mood and food: The Connection, Depressed or Malnourished - which are you?,  1-3 (2021)
  • Men, Intimacy, and Shame Workshops 1-3 (2021)
  • Guilt and Single-Session Therapy Workshop (2021)
  • Suicide Prevention in Healthcare Settings Webinar (2021)
  • Shame and Single-Session Therapy Workshop (2021)
  • Loving Men Conference (2021)
  • BLD PBS Awareness (2021)
  • Anxiety and Single-Session Therapy Workshop (2021)
  • Safeguarding Adults - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • Safeguarding Children - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • Clinical Risk and Suicide Prevention training - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • Care Planning training - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • Assessment training - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • Gambling and Crime training - Gamcare and Krysallis (2021)
  • How to Overwrite Trauma Response (2021)
  • Balens Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing Perspectives conference (2021)
  • BACP - Practice beyond the Pandemic - considering a blended approach to delivering therapy.
  • ICRG Webinar; What's in a Name? Evaluating the Public Stigma of Gambling Disorder.
  • Anger and Single-Session Therapy (2021)
  • Rejection and Single-Session Therapy (2021)
  • ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction: Pharmacotherapy Treatment of Gambling Disorder (2021)
  • Public Speaking and Single-Session Therapy (2021)
  • BACP Private Practice Conference 2021: When words are not enough; using creative approaches to therapy (2021)
  • Jealousy and Envy and Single-Session Therapy (2021)
  • BACP AGM 2021 including presentations re Racism, radicalism and reality; an exploration of discrimination and disadvantage; Personal experience of therapy as a disabled client (2021)
  • An Introduction to Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) ( 2021)

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)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

gender identity,  relationships, gambling, Single Session Therapy,


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Please contact me re fees, which range between £30 and £60 depending on the service required and your circumstances.  Please ask about concessions if needed.

When I work

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David Willis, Office Suite Number 7, Poplar Road Office Suites,, Poplar Road, Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN35 8BL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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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.

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.

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In person

Working with the Hawkins and Shohet 7 eyed model, I offer supervision for qualified professionals and counselling students.

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David Willis
David Willis