A very warm welcome and thank you for looking at my web pages.
My name is David and I am a retired Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Although I am no longer accepting clients I am always happy to discuss therapeutic matters with you in a more general way.
I have put links at the bottom of this page to help you to find a registered therapist in my area if you are looking for one, and if you have any problems finding a therapist via the links, you can still contact me via my Contact page and I will do what I can to assist.
My own personal therapeutic preference is toward the “Integrative” approach, that is a combination of disciplines primarily based on Person Centred “talking” Therapy (PCT), with elements of Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis (TA), but finding a style that suits you will be something that you and the therapist/counsellor that you choose to work with will ascertain as your sessions progress.
My own preferences and biases mean that I would tend to suggest that you see an Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor, especially if you are unsure of which style you would be likely to feel most at home with, but in truth most styles, whether practiced together (Integrative) or individually, share a great deal in common. Never feel obligated to one particular therapist or one particular style of therapy. Finding a good psychotherapist that you feel you can share anything with, without feeling that you are being judged and/or criticised, will help you to feel safe when exploring your concerns.
A word of encouragement… Don’t give up on therapy just because the therapist you are seeing doesn’t “feel right”. It isn’t anyone’s fault, it’s just life that we won’t be able to get on with everybody! Bear in mind that some discomfort might be because you are being encouraged to look at very difficult things, but feeling supported while you explore these painful thoughts and memories is very important.
You can use my Contact page if you have any general questions or concerns/anxieties about attending therapy. I will be happy to discuss your concerns.
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