My name is David Wootton and I am a privately-practicing, person-centred counsellor. I offer one-to-one therapy for a wide range of issues including relationship issues, affairs, depression, stress/ anxiety, low self esteem, family related issues, bereavements, culture related issues, sexual and domestic abuse, bullying, self-harm and concerns relating to sexual identity.
My priority is to offer a professional, welcoming and flexible service. Short or long-term counselling is always negotiable and I am often able to work with clients who have irregular shift patterns at work or inflexible child-care arrangements.
The focus of the counselling is to work at a pace and depth that feels right for you in order to help you make the changes that you really want in your life. I am also able to work creatively if necessary: drawing, poetry, letter-writing and "emotional-literacy" cards can all be extremely useful ways of helping you to complement the words that you use and help you develop a more comprehensive understanding of your situation.
All contact, therapeutic or otherwise will be treated as strictly confidential: before, during and after the counselling has taken place.
If you feel that you would like to ask any questions at all then feel free to phone or email me, or use the "contact" page on my website. I will not try and convince you that you need counselling, however I will always leave the door open for you if you decide that this is what you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip HE Therapuetic Counselling
My final two years of training involved working in The University of Bradford counselling service, providing counselling for both staff and students. The service is very well established and professionally organised. Whilst there I cultivated my style as an open, flexible and warm counsellor. I deeply enjoyed working with clients from a particularly diverse range of cultural backgrounds.
I also trained with a local counselling organisation which accepted private and primary-care referrals. I continued to work there as a professional counsellor and assessor before deciding to work independently as a private-practitioner.
My practice is based in central Keighley with good public transport access; road-side parking and large public car-park nearby.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Concessions are available in some cases.
"Partnership" rates will be negotiated for organisations and contract work.
Daytime and evening appointments available. I am able to accommodate clients who are unable to attend regular, weekly sessions due to working shifts.