Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
My usual fee is £50 per session for individuals, £60 for couples.
What if you are unable to help me?
It's important that we can work together. If at the end of the first session, you do not feel that my approach is right for you, then there will be no charge. similarly, if I am unable to help with the issues you bring, then again, there will be no charge.
Are concessions available?
They may be, this is something we could discuss at our initial session.
How long are your counselling sessions?
Each session usually lasts for one hour.
Where do you see clients?
I see my clients at:
51 Ashbourne Road
Derby DE22 3FS
(CLICK HERE for a map of the location)
What happens at the first session?
The first session is intended to determine whether or not my service is appropriate to your needs and for you to find out if you can feel comfortable working with me. I believe counselling is first and foremost about the relationship between client and counsellor. The first session is about taking our first steps along that road, but only at a pace which feels comfortable to you.
So how many sessions would I be signing up to?
My clients are never committed beyond the present session, I do not accept payments in advance, and there is no finacial penalty for ending the course of therapy. However, so long as my clients wish to continue, I will keep their regular session time available.
What if I miss a session, will I be charged?
Not if I receive reasonable notice or there is some emergency.
How can I be confident I will be safe in counselling?
I am a fully qualified counsellor. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CLICK HERE to visit their website). I receive clinical supervision from a qualified supervisor on a continuing basis (my supervisor's contact details are available on request). I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and consider myself bound by their ethical framework and subject to their disciplinary code and procedures. I can be found on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CLICK HERE to check the register).
Do you work with couples as well as individuals?
Yes I do.
How does the work differ with couples?
When working with an individual they are my only source of information and so it is relatively easy to take everything told to me at its face value. When working with a couple there are usually two different interpretations of the facts and so I have to focus hard on maintaining a balanced view. I try to see the couple's relationship as my client and so hope to remain impartial.
What is David's theoretical orientation?
I work in an Integrative way which means that I draw upon the theoretical interpretations and techniques of each of the three main approaches to counselling (Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Cognitive/Behavioural).
What does integrative counselling mean?
It means that I try to suit the style of counselling to the needs of my clients. For instance, sometimes, when it is appropriate to the problem, and acceptable for the client, I will help people to work with some deep emotional material. However, not every client is comfortable with that sort of approach, nor is it applicable to every situation, in which case I might work almost exclusively with thinking and behaviour patterns. What is most effective for a particular client is what is most important to me.