Professional Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness teaching.
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About my work:
I chose to train in an integrative approach to psychotherapy, as this gives me an understanding of a range of theories and techniques, enabling me to offer help that is tailored to the individual, rather than trying to fit their needs into a particular theoretical framework. Hypnosis is one such technique; I find it can often reduce the amount of time needed to make progress in therapy. Equally, I find the Mindfulness and Compassion-based approaches of ACT and CFT combine to help clients develop psychological skills and flexibility that really help them, not only to deal with specific difficulties, but also on multiple levels. These evidence-based approaches to therapy combine to provide an effective, short-term, solution-focused therapy that much of my work is composed of. However, I also work in longer-term therapy relationships where this is needed, including situations where someone needs on-going support through a difficult period of their life, or in their recovery from trauma.
I always pay close attention to research in psychotherapy, and this informs my practice, giving me a preference for evidence-based approaches. This is one of the reasons I chose to train as a mindfulness teacher; there is compelling evidence showing that practicing mindfulness helps people in many ways, which has been my own experience too.
My approach to therapy is driven by the belief that people are highly individual, each with their own particular combination of thoughts, behaviours, desires, hopes, problems and needs. Sometimes the complexities of life can generate stresses and anxieties, and these can be compounded by our minds tendency to focus on problems and negatives while ignoring positives. This can lead to a feeling of being ‘blocked’ and unable to resolve problems and issues.
But I also believe that we all have strengths and abilities that give us the capability to develop, to progress, and to make the changes we want in our lives; something that’s confirmed by neuroscience and the discovery of the brains ‘plasticity’ – the life-long ability for it to change and develop, based on how it’s used. Ultimately I seek to help clients get back in charge of their lives, giving them the focus, confidence, calmness and self-sufficiency to progress and let their lives flourish once more.
William James Davies ADHP(NC) DCMT CHFP MNSTT UKCP reg.
Following government guidelines, from March 2020 all sessions will be online; one-to-one sessions are suspended until further notice. When they resume, the location may vary from that shown below.
My practice is located near to London Bridge station, at Delta House, Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR, (near London Bridge / The Shard, see the map below).
Evening appointments are available on Wednesdays, ending at 10pm, and weekend appointments are also available.
Please call 07831-693684 for an appointment, or send me an e-mail (there's a link at the foot of this page).
Appointment fees are £75.00 for up to 60 minutes, and £125.00 for up to 90 minutes, payable by bank transfer at the time of booking.
At least 24 hours notice is required when rescheduling or cancelling appointments, otherwise the full fee will be charged.
I will always try to accommodate clients who have difficulty in affording my fees as I believe a lack of funds should not prevent people receiving professional therapeutic help. In these situations, I can offer reduced rates at certain times, please mention your needs when making an appointment.
I hold full Clinical Psychotherapist membership of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and adhere to their Ethical Code.
I'm an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing Hypnotherapy and Compassion Focused Therapy to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body (UKCP).
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk
Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership .
I am a member of the National Society of Talking Therapies.Please note, there are no testimonials on this site, as they are not allowed under the ethical code I follow. One reason for this is that the Advertising Standards Authority require testimonials to be verifiable, and this would compromise client confidentiality - a key requirement of the ethical code.
Before training as a therapist I had many years of work experience ranging from business to the arts, from employment in large corporations to small businesses and self-employment.
After initial training in counselling work, I studied hypno-psychotherapy at the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NCHP), on a course externally accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. This training covers an integrative approach to therapy, which simply means that different therapeutic approaches can be employed to suit the specific needs of a client. Since then, I have also completed specialised training in the following areas:
In 2018 I completed training and received a certificate in Integrated Trauma Treatment using EMDR and related approaches with a Hypno-Psychotherapeutic Framework.
I have trained to work with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based behaviour therapy with a strong evidence base, sometimes described as the 'third wave' of CBT. I also incorporate Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) into my psychotherapy work, and I'm a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation.
I am qualified as a Certified Hypnotic Fertility Practitioner (CHFP), enabling me to offer help and support to men and women with fertility problems, with both natural conception and when using assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
In addition, I am a registered clinical mindfulness teacher, enabling me to facilitate on 8-session courses such as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, (a NICE approved course shown to reduce the risk of relapse & recurrence of depression for people who have experienced multiple episodes of depression). I currently work with Mindful Pathway in St. Albans, teaching courses and also developing course content.
My personal mindfulness & compassion practice also informs my work as a therapist.