I have worked as a therapist and coach since 1994. After getting an MA in Counselling, I qualified as a Master Practitioner of NLP, and have gained my BACP Senior Accredited Status as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have many years experience at working online, and by phone - I do think there is an advantage when choosing online therapy in engaging a therapist in your own area if you can. So I have a wealth of training and experience, and walk my talk. The list of things I can help with is too long to put here, but to give you some idea I have helped recent clients with:
- isolation, anxiety and coping with a dangerous environment;
- relationship issues, including family, workplace and intimate;
panic attacks, fearfulness and feelings of inadequacy;
the loss of someone close;
disappointments and meaninglessness in life;
stress, anxiety and relaxation training;
physical illnesses which are made much worse by chronic stress (migraine, gastrointestinal disorders);
preparation for interviews and presentations.
I have lots of experience as a client, too, which certainly has helped me appreciate the difficulties of finding a therapist, making that first appointment, and what its like in the other chair!
There are times when we all feel worried, anxious, inadequate, stressed, fearful or depressed, no matter what our position is in life, or our age and experience.
Often we believe we know why we feel as we do, but even that makes little difference to how we feel, how we cope. Come and talk with me, and we can discuss how we might work, in your individual circumstances.
New clients are usually advised to commit to six weekly sessions, because it is my experience you will feel very much better in that time. I am well used to working within a six session “budget” (which will cost between £180 and £360 for the six). Once you have talked things over with me at your first appointment, if you then decide that what I offer is just not for you, there will be no charge at all, and any payment that you have made will be refunded.
I respond to enquiries asap! - in the unlikely event you haven't heard from me in, say 24 hours, there will have been some tech malfunction, and do please either phone, text or let me know in some way so I can put it right.
The work I do is based on a deep respect for others, a deep willingness to experience and understand what you are feeling as a valid reaction to what is going on in your life, and the willingness to work hard with you in an open, real and honest way. This approach, known as person-centred or client centred,matches my own personal values.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Liverpool JMU)
INLPTA Diploma and Practitioner Certificate in NLP (Excellence for All)
Master of Arts in Counselling (Liverpool JMU)
INLPTA Master Practitioner of NLP (Excellence for All)
Postgraduate Diploma in the Psychology of Human Potential (Liverpool JMU)
Bachelor of Science (CNAA: a precursor to Liverpool JMU)
Certificate of Course Attendance in Group Process Facilitation and Theory (PCCS Manchester)
Certificate in the Understanding of Relationships (St Brendan's College, Bristol)
Accredited by BUPA(link) and several other therapy providers
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and psychotherapist
Since 1994 I have worked as a general counsellor in private practice, a student counsellor (Liverpool University and Liverpool JMU) and a workplace counsellor (in a number of settings, including telephone and online video). I have done work for Victim Support. I have done specialised work, counselling and mediation, within an adoption charity. I have a great deal of experience of telephone counselling, and of working online - I actually started by working in this way as a volunteer in the 80s!
I have had over 400 hours experience as a client, and attend regular group awareness sessions - both of which have proved invaluable to me in my work with clients.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness and Meditation
Concessions offered for
I charge between £30 and £60 per session, depending on the time/day of your appointment, and your ability to pay. Once you have talked things over with me at your first appointment, if you then decide that what I offer is just not for you, there will be no charge at all, and any payment that you have made will be refunded. For further information see https://davidandsue.net/first-appointment/ .
By Appointment, days, evenings and weekends (Please phone and leave a message, text me, or email)
If you are, through disability, unable to attend my counselling room, and you live locally, and you have a suitable private room, I am willing to travel to you. I have many years experience at working online, and by phone - I do think there is an advantage when choosing online therapy in engaging a therapist in their own area if they can.