DAVID STARK - COUNSELLOR & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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I offer weekly counselling sessions

  • £50 per session, payment by cash or cheque
  • sessions last for 50 minutes
  • therapy room located in Clapham, London SW4
  • room is a private, safe and calm space
  • appointments available from 8am to 8pm (other times may be possible if required e.g. early morning appointments may be available on request)

What happens during a first session?

  • We get to meet and decide if we both feel we can work together. This is a joint decision between the two of us
  • You will have a chance to tell me about what is troubling you and what help you would like
  • We start to think about how we may approach your issues
  • You can ask me any questions, or address any concerns you may have
  • You may be asked to share some contact information and personal details with me. All personal data is held securely and confidentially
  • We agree together how and when payment will be made for sessions, and agree the contract including what notice is required for cancellations

How does counselling/psychotherapy work?

Therapy can help with a wide variety of issues. It is my belief that how we cope in the present with difficulties we encounter may be influenced by experiences in the past, particularly childhood and previous relationships.

I believe that the support I offer in therapy can be transformative in helping clients to deal with their problems. Although we cannot change our histories, we can change the relationship that we have with that history. This is often the work of therapy; finding new ways of coping, new ways of relating to ourselves and others. Counselling can help you develop a new, different and healthier or stronger sense of self.

Therapy is a collaboration; two people working together to deal with the client's issues. Unlike advice from friends and family, support from a therapist happens in a professional context. It has boundaries. Many clients find it useful that the therapist is not personally involved in the client's life. As a counsellor I strive to help clients to discover new perspectives and new ways to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

I am an integrative psychotherapist. This means that I incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques dependant on:

  • the issues that you bring to therapy
  • how you would like us to work together
  • what I believe will be most therapeutically beneficial for you

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. I always consult with you on how you would like to work and on what you find helpful.

BACP

The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the BACP.

Register

The BACP maintains a register of counsellors and psychotherapists. The register is assessed and accredited under the Accredited Register scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority). 

It's good to talk

The 'It's good to talk' website is the BACP's directory of registered counsellors. You can find my directory entry here.

Ethical Framework

I adhere to the BACP's ethical framework. This helps to ensure that my work complies to the standards of good practice as set out by the BACP.

David Stark

Counsellor & Psychotherapist