David Downes BACP (Accred) - CBT & EMDR Psychotherapist & Life Coach/Mentor

David Downes BACP (Accred) - CBT & EMDR Psychotherapist & Life Coach/Mentor

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2nd Floor
Milton Hall
244 Deansgate
M3 4BQ

Suite 6
Eco House
125b Ullet Road
L17 2AB

01244 940944 / 07535 577304

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2nd Floor
Milton Hall
244 Deansgate
M3 4BQ

Suite 6
Eco House
125b Ullet Road
L17 2AB

01244 940944 / 07535 577304

About me

Background: Royal Navy (Submarines), Managing Director - PLC, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Organisation Trainer and Public Speaker.

Born: Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK in childhood; that relaxed friendly Irish approach really working for my clients.

Status: Married

Working life:

Royal Navy - submarines (intelligence/communications). Long tours at sea providing a first insight and strong awareness of human psychological capability in demanding circumstances.
On leaving the Navy, became Managing Director of Non-quoted PLC, employing 115 colleagues located over 6 locations.
Retraining at university as a Counselling Psychotherapist, including four years working within the NHS at two North West based NHS Trusts/Health Boards.
College lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Private practice for 7 years - individuals/couples/groups and corporate clients.


The principal mode of psychotherapy delivery is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR/Feeling State work for individuals/Couples/Families. Coaching, mentoring and mediation for business executives are either on a one-to-one basis, or in on-site workshops.

Working together, I offer quick access to therapy from locations in London (Liverpool Street EC2) and Weybridge (KT 13) on a Monday and Friday, and also from Manchester, Warrington and Chester midweek. You will be seen very quickly and will not have to wait weeks/months.

So you're stuck! There's nothing unusual about this and it pretty much happens to us all at some stage in our lives.

Client Presenting Issues (individual/Couples):
Anxieties - Future Worries/Ruminating About the Past - Eliminating/Better Coping Strategies

Stress - Work/Relationship/Family/Critical Incident/Meetings - Reduction or removal.
Depression - Bereavement/Relationship/Work/Family/Biological/Chemical/Neurological/Dietary
Phobias - Agoraphobia/Panic/Spider/Flying...et al.
Relationships Problems - Communications and Recovery from.
Addictions - Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Sex...etc..
Personality Disorders - Aspergers/Narcissism et al - Management and Recovery from.
Work Related Issues - Bullying in the Workplace/Return to Work Initiatives/Counselling.
Court Referrals - Pre-Trial/Sentencing - Approved Anger Management Courses
Critical Incident Stress Desensitization - Road Traffic Accidents, Assaults...etc.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Civilian/Military
Alcohol/Gambling/Sex/Drug Addictions - Better Management/Stopping.
Executive Business Coaching

Training Workshops (individuals/Groups):

Anger Management - Court Pre-Trial/Pre-Sentencing, Relationship Guidance, Management Training, Employee Relations, Family.
Assertiveness Training - Becoming confident and stronger at home and in the workplace.
Communications - Being more confident and comfortable when you speak at home or at work.
Stress - Elimination of or Managing It Better - at home and in the workplace.
Critical Incident Stress Desensitisation (CISD) - Inoculation and Recovery from.
Pain Management - It can get better - Therapeutic and Pharmacological Interventions.
Living with Development Disorders - Aspergers/Autism/Pathological Demand Avoidance/Oppositional Defiance Disorder et al. Understanding and coping better when living with or being a person diagnosed.
Redundancy - Transitions.
Addictions - A better way of living for individuals and family members.
Clinical Supervision - Integrative/CBT

Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) & Human Factors.

I'm also a consultant to businesses in installing and maintaining policies for CSR, targeted towards reducing stress in the workplace and resolving employee conflicts through mediation.

Coaching - So you're stuck (Remote):

We nearly all, at some stage in our lives become hung up on a problem that could benefit from having a brief telephone conversation with a trusted professional therapist. Does it really require you to book an appointment to come in to see me? No, it doesn't. Sometimes just a few minutes of Skype/phone coaching is enough to set a person up for the day or meeting ahead. To meet these client driven needs, David provides a remote coaching service whereby existing clients can access him quickly. It's inexpensive, prearranged and user-friendly.

In the Work Place:`

Coming from a strong business background has provided me with a unique insight into how business law can best benefit employees when resolving bullying and other forms of conflict in the workplace. Why should you pay for work induced anxieties/depression, when its cause is elsewhere. Resolving problems, once and for all, via a combination of a psychotherapeutic intervention and mediation, is often the best way forward.

Insurance Health Providers:

David is an approved psychotherapist provider with: BUPA, AVIVA, PRU HEALTH, AXA PPP HEALTHCARE, WPA, CIGNA AND SIMPLYHEALTH.


D R DOWNES & Associates is a registered trading style of David & Rebecca Downes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
EMDR Trained and member of EMDR UK & Ireland
Diploma in Counselling (Integrative - CBT, Transaction Analysis)
PGC - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Edgehill University (Level 7)
Cert in Neural Linguistic Processing (NLP)
City & Guilds - Teaching/Training
ESOL Level Two Teaching
CAA Commercial Pilot License (Part 114b Passed)
FAA Private Pilot

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

EAP - Corporate Referrals
Stress Management Workshops
Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
Change Management
People Management
Specialist HR Consultancy
Psychometric Assessments
Transfer of Ownership
Non-Executive Director


Fees vary, depending upon location, service and duration:
On-site in my offices £65-£85
Off-site at yours: on request
Remote Skype/Phone: £6 for 6 minute blocks.

Insured Psychotherapy provider at: AVIVA, BUPA, PRUHEALTH, SIMPLYHEALTH, WPA and CIGNA.

*Subject to distance and additional travel costs, external to a radius of 50 miles from the centre of Warrington.

Further information

My wife, Rebecca, is also a Registered psychotherapist with The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Together, we offer relationship couples counselling/coaching in a far more dynamic, real-time sense for both partners.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M3 4BQ
Liverpool, L17 2AB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm, on-site and off. Remote Skype/phone - 8am - 8pm, Monday - Saturday, subject to availability.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme