Mr Dave Packwood

Counselling Psychologist

Dave is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. He is am also a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Dave has worked as Psychologist and Psychotherapist for over thirty years helping people to move to a happier life. My many years of experience include working extensively within the NHS in Primary and Secondary Care, within the private sector and as a lecturer in University and Higher Education settings.

Dave has work with individuals, couples and groups from age eleven years upward. His experience includes mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, issues of self-esteem, sexual and identity issues. He work’s with clients across the spectrum of conditions from mild to severe. Dave has a particular interest in masculinity and men’s therapy.

His core approach is Psychodynamic but into this I integrate framework, as appropriate, other effective models which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Narrative Therapy including the use of stories and fairy tales. This integrative approach allows me to adapt the therapy to individual needs. Dave is very much aware that dealing with our concerns can feel intimidating so that therapy can only be effective if we facilitate a safe therapeutic relationship between a client and myself. I further believe that most problems arise from early relationship strategies which we developed to feel more secure within those relationships. However, these strategies can often interfere with our adult relationships leading to mental health problems.

My role is to enable you to safely explore and understand those strategies which are no longer helpful to your adult relationships. This allows you to move on to choose more effective ways of dealing with your life. This we can achieve together, sustained by the timeless healing power of a relationship based on acceptance and trust, a belief that lies at the heart of all my work.