I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2008 and have worked in the NHS and in private practice.
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London, where I gained an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a registered with the UKCP, one of the leading professional bodies for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK.
I adhere to UKCP and Metanoia Institute codes of practice and ethics.
The aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to create a supportive and caring environment in which you can explore a wide range of issues safely. Nothing is off limits, at least for an initial discussion. If I can't help, I will try to refer you to someone who can.
I work from a position of support and respect, adapting my approach to suit your needs and the issues that you bring. Sometimes this involves simply listening, providing the time and space to talk things through. When it’s relevant, I ‘hold up the mirror’, playing back, in a non-judgmental way, the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that seem important. It may also be useful to look to the past, but a lot of the time it helps to focus on the here and now and develop skills and strategies to move things forward.
My aim throughout is to increase the self-knowledge and self-acceptance needed for growth and change to occur. By knowing yourself better you can become more of who you are, which is deeply healing in its own right. This deeper and more appreciative self-awareness can also give you the confidence to make important practical changes in your life.
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes.
David BirchBA, PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision Integrative Psychotherapist
I work with individuals and couples for an agreed number of sessions or on an open-ended basis. I am experienced in a wide range of areas including: personal transitions such as retirement or bereavement;anxiety, stress and excessive worrying;family and relationship issues;depression, from mild to severe symptoms; physical and mental health issues, including addiction.