I can help with relationship difficulties, anxiety, anger, career/business coaching, low self-esteem, social anxiety, past trauma, substance abuse, a loss of a sense of meaning, and with other issues.
The start of the pandemic led me, along with many others, to move to working online. Although sceptical at first, I have found it to be just as effective as face to face work, and often more convenient for my clients. I mainly work via Zoom or WhatsApp, but am happy to work with Skype or over the phone.
"Going to therapy was one of the best decisions I ever made - it brought me back from a place I never thought I would escape. I'll never look back."
"Thanks to David’s listening and clear thoughts I now put myself first and have carried on as though nothing had ever happened. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to any one - whatever their problem was."
"He's helped me be more myself than I've ever been, not who I thought everyone else wanted me to be."
"This process with David is priceless and probably the greatest investment in each other we will ever make, and in reflection we are eternally thankful."
"David’s approach to the sessions varied, depending on what the issues were, and I always felt safe and comfortable enough to share my inner most thoughts. He was supportive, non judgmental and easy to talk to."
"David enabled me to look at the world and my own attitude in a completely different way. From that I was able to turn my life and career around. I’ve found contentment, happiness but most importantly, peace."
"David taught me to look at myself, my relationship with myself, and taught me that the value of life is in the relationship with others."
"I can without doubt say David is excellent counsellor who is genuine and a true investor in people."
"I had the confidence and self belief to give up a full time job where I didn’t feel valued and started my own business which is thriving along with my personal life."
"I was cynical about counselling before but now I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling to cope for whatever reason."
"David slowly helped me to unravel a lot of feelings – not only from recent events, but from life-long patterns of being and learned behaviours that I had never questioned before."
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I have been working as a counsellor in Derby for more than 15 years. I use an integrative approach to counselling which means that I make use of various theoretical models and therapeutic tools which, I hope, allows me to fit my practice to the varied needs of my clients. The main focus of my approach is guided by existential psychotherapy informed by person centred and cognitive practices.
As well as working with individuals, an important part of my practice is my work with couples. In this challenging, but rewarding work I try to address the way couples interact with each other, and how their personal, individual issues impact on their relationship. By approaching things in this way, I believe that I am able to remain balanced and non-judgmental, treating the couple's relationship as my client. We will work on identifying negative interactions, trying to spot their causes and learn how to reduce their severity and frequency. And to promote positive experiences in the relationship including in the bedroom.
I have extensive experience of working in areas such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, trauma, abuse, low self-esteem, alcohol and/or drug abuse, sexuality issues, and dealing with anger. There are many things that counselling can help with.
Business and life coaching can also play an important part in my work, for example: it can be hard to focus on personal issues if it feels like the work environment is generating too much stress. It can be useful to have someone acting as a sounding board when faced with political challenges at work.
Whether you are having difficulty coping with your present circumstances, or are troubled by things which happened long ago, counselling can have a huge positive impact on your life.
I am a counsellor working online only. My appointment times are flexible to suit the needs and lifestyles of my clients - including evening and weekend sessions. If you are interested in accessing professional counselling then please use the links at the top of the page to find out more about the service that I offer.