My experience as a therapist has developed my understanding that our interactions and relationships are what bring us both pleasure and challenges. The relationships in our lives become a mirror for our feelings and where what is hidden can often become apparent. We can feel stuck in cycles of relating and thinking that leave us feeling depressed, anxious, lacking in hope and unable to move forward.
I carry this understanding into my practice and see the relationship between myself and my client as being central to our work. I create a safe, non-judgemental space where you are heard and that between us we can make sense of what you are feeling.
In my work I draw on various approaches. I primarily think psychodynamically, which is based on the idea that we develop patterns of relationships in our early life that we repeat throughout our lives. These connections to our past are both conscious and unconscious, known and unknown. Working with clients I make use of this concept to help us to think together about how the present is connected to the past and how we can work with that knowledge. By processing the emotional responses to these experiences we can move forward individually and develop relations with others, freed from the influences of the past.
My background in the NHS, charity and education sectors has given me an insight into a wide range of mental health conditions. I have most commonly with worked anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, personality disorders, addiction, and questions of self and identity. Very often it is hard to define what it is that brings people to seek psychotherapy, but from a confused set of thoughts it is possible to make sense of them and feel more positive.
My Training Includes:
Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck College, London.
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regents College, London.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics. I am committed to on going personal development and have a special interest in working with under represented groups and the LGBT community.
David works Mondays to Fridays from our Brighton and Hove practice.
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