David obtained his Psychology undergraduate degree in 1997 and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004 at University College, London (UCL). He worked in the NHS until February 2014 gaining extensive experience in a range of settings and with a wide variety of people and problems, using primarily Cognitive Behavioural approaches. He has practised Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for nine years, a specialist therapy for people who struggle with intense emotions. During this time he also developed a personal mindfulness practice and began to learn and use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has now practised ACT for about seven years and has taught both ACT and DBT in the NHS. He has run many ACT groups and also recently ran an ACT public workshop. He is an experienced supervisor of Psychologists and other health professionals.
David describes his approach below:
"I see my job as helping people to take control of their lives, to feel less stuck, and to find ways of dealing with difficult thoughts, memories or feelings so they can make better choices. I recognise that change can be difficult and, though it often brings great relief, can be a daunting prospect. I am always on the client's side, working with them to help understand what is holding them back and then identify and bring about the changes that they want. Both CBT and ACT stress the importance of working together - I have found that ACT has empowered my practice and the lives of the people that I work with. My experience with DBT means that I have a wide range of strategies to help people manage painful emotions and develop better relationships.This broad background means that I can offer individually tailored help for each person.
In practice this means that when I first meet a client I discuss with them what they are struggling with and what they want to get out of therapy. We can then decide how I might help, what approach I think would be best for them, and whether this fits with what the client wants. I welcome people asking questions about me and my work so they can make an informed decision about whether I am the right person for them."