I am a qualified therapist with experience of working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. For me, the key is in ensuring that you feel heard and understood so that in turn, you can discern the right steps forward that you want to make in your own life. Talking through problems is a good thing to do, but sometimes we know that those closest to us aren’t necessarily the easiest or best to hold all that we are thinking and feeling. Therapy can fill that space within a context of safety, trust and empathy.
Integrative counselling with David
As an integrative therapist, I don’t focus on any one model or theory to explain our experience of life. Rather, I seek to draw on a breadth of knowledge, experience, learning and skills to best serve your needs as we meet together. I work in a non-prescriptive way that allows the dynamic of our work together to emerge, naturally and organically; not forced or led by a tool-kit, and always with your welfare, personal growth and understanding at the heart.
The core of success in therapy lies in the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist. No one therapist can serve all people. With that in mind, I offer an initial session, without charge, to allow us both to work out whether we think we could work together. It would be a chance for you to share something of the story that brings you to therapy, and also for you to hear a little more of how I work. If it feels good, then I would suggest that we agree to 6-12 further sessions, and then from there decide whether a longer term working relationship might be beneficial to you.
I bring a wealth of life experience to my therapy practice. More than a decade in investment banking provides me with a true and realistic perspective on corporate life. A subsequent decade in theological education and the Church has given me a unique insight into the character of communities, families and personal spirituality, although I do not work as a therapist from a faith-orientated perspective of any kind. For the last twelve years I’ve worked in education. This work with children as a teacher, and also as a parent myself, gives me insight into the dynamics of personal development, conflict, hope and change. Alongside my professional training, my belief is that I can lean into this diverse history in a positive way as we work together.
Qualifications and experience
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
I received a Post-Graduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative & Psychodynamic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London (part of Middlesex University), one of the leading and largest training institutions in the country. To further my professional training I am continuing my studies to Masters level.
I also hold a BA(Hons) in Economics from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology & Pastoral Studies from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Languages other than English
£75-85 per session depending on whether weekdays or evenings/weekends. I offer a limited number of lower cost places.
I work from Tuesday evening through to Saturday lunchtime. Please do get in touch to ask about my current available sessions.