- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
I generally hold my practice Monday to Wednesday, and have some availability on these days for new clients.
About me and my therapy practice
Hello, my name is Dan (he/him) and I'm a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP.
If you’re here then I imagine you’re considering therapy, perhaps for the first time.
I create a safe, warm, non-judgemental space where you can bring your worries, share your thoughts and feelings, and be heard with empathy and compassion.
Whatever you are going through, whether it’s a specific issue or concern such as anxiety or depression, or more a sense that something isn’t quite right, you don’t have to deal with it by yourself.
I trained at The Minster Centre, one of the UK’s leading psychotherapy training institutions, receiving a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. I am currently completing advanced clinical training and a Masters degree.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I have worked for a number of low-cost community therapy services, seeing people with a wide range of experiences. These include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, struggles at work, addiction, shame, issues of self-worth, eating disorders, grief, loss of meaning, eco-anxiety, spiritual and existential crises, and questions around identity, sexuality, and gender.
Additionally, I have worked as part of the safeguarding and assessment team of a national mental health service.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent a number of years working in film and television.
As someone with a lived experience of belonging to a minority group, I strive to make my practice accessible, safe, and welcoming to people from any race, ethnicity, culture, gender expression, sexuality, and religious background.
I believe therapy is personal to the individual. How I work with you will be in response to who you are and your experience, so our sessions will be tailored to you. Having said that, perhaps I can offer a sense of what working with me would look like and some common things that emerge in therapy.
Each session will likely start with me inviting you to share what is most present for you in that moment. That might be something that’s happened during the previous week, or perhaps a specific experience like a situation at work or a relationship that has been on your mind or weighing on you. It may be that you arrive at the session with thoughts or feelings that you want to share, or you may not know where to start at all. All of this is welcome. We will start from wherever you are.
I won’t set the agenda, instead, I think it is important for you to feel ownership over the sessions, that you can bring what is important to you and together we can explore these thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that helps you to connect to and understand them better. That said, if you feel lost or don’t know where to start, I can help us navigate together to find what feels right for you.
Over our work together we may end up looking to the past, to explore how it influences your relationship with yourself and others in the present. Or we might stay with how you are feeling in the present moment and allow some space to be with that. As the work progresses we may reflect on the relationship between us as a safe way to explore the expectations you have of how you will be seen and treated by others. It may feel important for you to have a space to share existential fears or a place to bring your anxiety, grief, or loneliness. It may just be a relief to have somewhere to come every week to share how you feel without judgment, where you can bring all of yourself and be welcomed, accepted, and held with compassion.
My first session
Starting therapy, or returning to it if you have had an experience of it before can be a bit daunting, so I wanted to share what the process of starting with me would be like.
First, contact me through the link on this directory or visit my website. It might be helpful to give a brief outline of what has been happening for you but if this feels uncomfortable at this point then you don’t have to at all. Once you’ve contacted me I’ll be in touch to arrange a free phone call that will last about 20mins. This is a chance to share what is bringing you to therapy, to share what your hopes are for the process, and to ask any questions you might have for me.
If you feel that you’d like to book an initial session, then we can arrange a time for this. This can be either in person or online (usually via Zoom) and will last 50 mins. The session is charged at the reduced rate of £60 and is in a sense a taster session, you have no commitment to continue after this if you don’t want to. It is a good chance to meet properly and to have an experience of what being in therapy with me would be like. I do my best to make these sessions as welcoming, safe, and holding as possible.
If after this you’d like to continue regular sessions with me, we would find a weekly time that works for both of us, whether online or in person. This session time will be reserved for you every week going forward from then. I work in an open-ended way so there is no prescribed timeframe after this, we just continue to meet weekly and can check in as we go to see how you are finding the sessions and what is working for you/not working for you.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainees
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work