Person centred / integrative Counselling and Supervision.

Specialist in Alcohol issues, supporting gradual reduction and safe withdrawal, relapse preventative tools and guidance.  

I provide family / friend support for those affected by another's alcohol and drug misuse,where the application of 'tough love' and the setting of firm boundaries can lead to positive change for all involved.

Skilled and experienced in working with a wide range of issues around mental health, including depression, generalised and social anxiety and panic disorder.


I Qualified in 2002, being awarded the CPCAB European Diploma in Person Centred / Integrative Counselling.

I have 20 years experience of working with local Alcohol Services, offering specialised Counselling support to Individuals struggling with their alcohol use, and working through the many associated problems that can arise from this. I have also provided both one to one counselling and group support for those affected, such as family members, by another's alcohol use.  Formerly known as RAFT [Relatives And Friends Together]

I am trained to the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards [DANOS] and continue to work with both Alcohol and Drug Services.

I gained a CBT diploma in 2017, which added to the first class training over the years enables me to be a confident and effective counsellor.


Hi, I'm David. I qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor in 2002.

As a registered member of the BACP my practice is guided by the Ethical Framework For Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is not only paramount in the counselling room, but vital for the client to feel safe enough to begin taking the first tentative steps towards moving forward with his or her life.

I draw upon my own personal experience and 18 years of clinical work experience, extensive training and continuous self development, utilising approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused, and the Person Centred Approach.  



I completed  the 4 year training and was awarded the Diploma in Therapeutic Intergratve Counselling in 2002.

A Counsellor with Alcohol Services, I also worked with the Bolsover Regeneration Project from 2002-2004, on a self employed basis,seconded to local alcohol services.

I have volunteered as a counsellor for the Mental Health Service Nedcash, and was involved in the foundation of  'Hope Springs' a support Service in Chesterfield, where I also worked on a voluntary basis. 

Employed with Derbyshire Alcohol Services as a permanent worker since 2006, I currently work part time with the Service.

I have 19 years experience of facilitating groups such as RAFT [ family and friends together] relapse prevention, and various support groups.

I work in the local area, Bolsover District, and provide drop in support for a Service in Shirebrook, and as part of my duties with alcohol services I provide supervision / guidance for Placement and Volunteer Counsellors on a regular basis.

I am also involved with 'Stand To' the ex military branch of alcohol services, in a supervisory capacity to support the guys who are in turn supporting our veterans.




My decision to undertake academic counselling training in 1998 was motivated by both painful and personal experiences with a severe and enduring  alcohol problem.
I travelled along the long road to 'recovery' 1989 -1998 via Hospital admissions, Community Mental Health interventions and associated Care Services. 
I was fortunate enough to meet some special and unforgettable individuals along the way who were absolutely wonderful, genuine and totally supportive, and it was from their example, and belief in me that I dared to hope, and ultimately believe that I could,  one day, overcome my own problems.
I promised myself that if I ever recovered from the dark place that is addiction, phobic anxiety and deep depression I would try my utmost to attain a position where I could, like those who had guided me, help support and hopefully inspire others. 
I did gradually manage to pull away from my physical dependence and the associated anxieties that usually accompany that dependence, though it has certainly left it's mark along the way 
Positivity can nearly always be gained from negative experience, and I believe my life experiences have helped me to become an efficient and effective worker in the field. I may not have all of the answers but I will strive to help you find yours. I work with a passion, am naturally empathic and I maintain a desire to help.
I firmly believe that, given the right conditions,  people can literally 'move mountains' if they feel safe enough, understood, and supported enough to do so.
I have witnessed positive change many times throughout my years of working, and it continues. It still gives me an immense sense of satisfaction, both to witness the person's growth, and the feeling of privilege I experience that I may have helped play a small part in it.


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

Vincent Van Gogh



I offer face to face counselling and supervision, anything from a one off session to longer term work. 
Each session is around 60 minutes in duration, often weekly or fortnightly though this can be adapted to fit your  requirements.
Telephone and online counselling can also be arranged.
I have a counselling room at home where I see clients, we could also arrange to meet at a local and convenient venue to you, if that would be preferable.
£40 per session, single or couples, for a one hour session, here in Bolsover.
I offer a sliding scale for those on benefits and to Student / Placement Counsellors.  
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.




Searson Avenue, Bolsover Chesterfield United Kingdom S44 6TZ

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