Booking a first consultation, and coming to therapy for an initial session is the start of something really positive for clients struggling with addiction. Addiction is an often misunderstood term, which leads to a wide range of symptoms first prompted by just a single, or multiple life events. By its very nature, addiction can then feel overwhelming and impossible to tackle. Whether addiction is then classed as being substance or alcohol abuse-based, or is more behavioural in nature, such as gambling, sex, or eating, addiction is not anchored in the substance or behaviour itself, but in the mood alteration that occurs as a result of addictive behaviours.
Addiction can devastate the life not just of the person who needs and requires treatment but also their loved ones closest to them. However, once someone is willing to enter addiction-based therapy, they can work with their trusted therapist to manage those initial causes of addiction, and then to create a tailor-made program to manage treatment effectively and safely to work towards collaborative recovery.
With over decade of experience in clinical practice, David can be found on the accredited register of BACP counsellors and psychotherapists. David specialises in the field of addiction, as well as providing a full range of therapies to individuals, couples, families and colleagues. David has a wide range of skills in supporting clients with challenging behaviours and emotions, leading to other mental health issues including anxiety, depression and the full range of conditions listed below. David also has a keen interest in the treatment of trauma and his varied training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) as trauma is at the heart of so many mental health issues. David has a wide range of expertise in CBT, CAT and Transactional Analysis, and his aim is to offer a tailor-made, integrative approach for every client, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
After studying Psychology, David went on to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at LJMU, which is a BACP accredited course to Masters level. As well as his BACP accredited registration, David has a certificate in Counselling Supervision and is highly experienced in this field.