psychotherapy bristol

David Wakely, M.A. UKCP reg.
Counselling and psychotherapy

counsellor bristol
16th August 2022 
Counselling and psychotherapy
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A grounded approach to counselling and psychotherapy...

Home. birdcage walk 3I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist based near central Bristol. I have been working as a counsellor since 2003, I completed my psychotherapy training in 2005 and I have been a clinical member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) since 2006. I am located in the Whiteladies Road area of Bristol, on the borders of Clifton (BS8) and Redland (BS6).

I offer a constructive, grounded approach in a safe and confidential environment, with the aim of helping people to explore and gain clarity on various aspects of their lives, to resolve problems and to find new ways forward.

I work with people on a wide range of issues. These may be specific and definable such as problems with moods and emotions; difficulties in relationships; addictive and compulsive behaviours; obsessive thinking; problems of personality; coming to terms with change and loss; decisions and dilemmas etc. (For a full list of issues that I deal with, see below.)

People also bring problems that are more difficult to define - a sense of confusion about their lives and about who they are, a lack of direction, a loss of meaning or joy in living, difficulties in relating to others, or concerns about identity or sexuality.

In recent years, I have also begun to specialise in working with problematic sexual behaviours and preoccupations. I have undertaken training in sexual addictions and compulsivity and in working with those who may be at risk of crossing the line between legal and illegal sexual behaviours.

My endeavour is to work with each person who comes to see me in a way that respects who they are and their situation in life. I acknowledge that everyone who comes to counselling or therapy brings with them a unique set of circumstances, background, values and beliefs; and I endeavour to ensure that this sets the framework for the work we do together.

This website is designed to give you an idea of the way I think and work as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am always happy to answer any queries you may have about the service I offer. My current availability can be found at the bottom of this page. You can email me or call me on 078 495 19 277.

Issues that I have experience of working with include:
  • anxiety and anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety)
  • depression; sadness; low mood
  • loss of purpose; loss of meaning; loss of pleasure
  • low confidence; low self-esteem; shyness; social anxiety/social phobia
  • obsessive and intrusive thoughts; compulsivity; OCD
  • anger; irritability; short temper
  • stress; work problems
  • addictions
  • loss; bereavement
  • difficulties in relationships; infidelity; affairs; open relationships; jealousy; trust issues
  • problematic sexual behaviours (sexual compulsivity/hypersexuality/ sex addiction); problems with use of pornography, cybersex; fetishistic preoccupations and behaviours/paraphilias
  • sexuality; sexual identity; sexual orientation
  • sexual diversity issues; lesbian/gay/bisexual; transgender/transsexual (gender dysphoria) LGBTQ
  • existential themes; questions and dilemmas of identity, direction in life, relatedness and solitude, creativity, spirituality etc.

    More information about the way I work can be found on other pages of this website. I abide by the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct specified by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

    If you are interested in making an initial appointment or if you have any questions about the service I offer, you can email me or phone me on 078 495 19 277.

  • Home. ukcpnewlogoRegistered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
    Membership no. 06158510

    Availability (week commencing 15th August 2022): no availability at present

    This is my current availability. I generally update this section at the beginning of each week, sometimes more frequently, so do check back if you don't see a suitable time listed here. You are also welcome to email me or give me a call on 078 495 19 277. New appointment times can become available at short notice and I would be happy to get back to you if something comes up.

    Please note that most sessions are currently conducted by video call. I will send you instructions once we have booked in an appointment. It is important that you are able to attend the video call from a place where you will be free of the risk of interruption or of being overheard. However, I am now starting to re-introduce in-person sessions whenever video calls are impractical or when there is a strong preference for meeting in person.

    Appointment times currently available on a regular basis:

    Appointment times available on a one-off basis only this week:
    Monday 6.15 p.m.



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