David Wakley

David Wakley

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07714 427340

Contact David

Therapist - Chagford

Chagford TQ13
07714 427340
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


My office hours are 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday - Friday.

About me and my therapy practice

Perhaps you’re experiencing chronic pain, unexplained physical symptoms, or low energy. Maybe you’re suffering anxiety, depression, uncontrolled anger, or emotional problems. These might be the signs that you’ve experienced some kind of trauma or traumatic event in your life that you may or may not remember. It could be that you find it difficult to concentrate, or to regulate sleep patterns. You may just have a sense that things aren’t quite right, and something needs to change.

I specialise in helping people with trauma and trauma related conditions, which might include grief or other painful life events which can feel overwhelming. I integrate somatic therapies and mind-body techniques with traditional talking therapies, mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion based therapy.

Practice description

I approach my work with clients not by asking ‘what’s wrong’ with you, but rather ‘what happened' to you? We all make unconscious adaptions in order to survive our experiences of threat and challenge. When we can recognise these adaptions, we can then make a choice to change them if they no longer serve us.

Trauma, suffering and psychological issues are not just manifested in thoughts, emotions and behaviours, but in physical sensations which we either choose to ignore, or we are unaware of. By working within the body, and cultivating an increased awareness of sensation and feeling we can re-regulate the nervous system and once again reconnect the mind with the body. In this way we can start to heal. 

As human beings we have the capacity to heal and to re-regulate our nervous system, but that process needs to be done in connection and co-regulation with another person. A good therapist is non judgmental, and can offer you a safe space to heal and explore your issues.

Therapy is a process, and I aim during each session to meet you exactly where you are in your own process, helping you to realise a more expansive and fulfilled life, moving towards growth, self-regulation and autonomy.

My first session

I usually offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation prior to any therapeutic sessions. During this consultation, you can ask any questions and you'll hopefully get a better sense of whether I'm the right person for you.

I'll hope to gain some understanding of the issues affecting you and the goals you want to achieve in therapy. I’ll also ask you for some basic details, and briefly explain my professional obligations around confidentiality.

Asking for help or starting therapy can be a big leap. Acknowledge to yourself that you’ve probably had to draw on your courage and image resources - resources that you can build upon. If you feel like you might like to work with me, get in touch and we can chat about how I might be able to help you.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited