CounsoulCertificate of Excellence 2019
London, London(6 Reviews)
My name is Dave Clogg and I am a MBACP qualified independent counsellor. I offer one to one counselling and run therapeutic groups with associate counsellors and psychotherapists in central London. Counselling is a powerful space that can support you through difficult periods in life and help you to understand more clearly, why you may be feeling unhappy, stuck or at a loss of what to do and unsure how to move on.
Counselling is for anyone who has reached a point with a particular issue or problem in life where they have tried several ‘strategies’ but found no lasting relief. It aims to analyse the issue(s), and what may be consciously, or more significantly unconsciously causing this, by providing you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space in which to explore your unique issue(s), alongside a witness and a trained qualified professional.
CounSoul focuses on an individual’s inner suffering, meaning that which comes from the struggle from within us emotionally and psychologically as we journey through life and its various stages and transitions. I offer a space for you to examine your life, and to do the work you need to in order to help you live the life you wish to live.
The ‘Soul’ in CounSoul.
The human ‘Soul’ as a concept, is the central business of therapy. It is that which transcends the five senses of how we experience the world.
It is concerned with experiences which stay in the memory and impact on the heart. It is more about the journey through life and less about the specific details or labels we and others choose to put on this. It is the experience we hold in our memory and body which forms our experiences as we travel through life, which impacts on us in many different ways. Every human has a ‘story’, which is influenced by our early experiences in life, which form central core beliefs. If we do not give attention to the ‘soul’ within our story it suffers as we begin over time to lose our sense of purpose, our longings and our self, and often that which we are lead to believe brings us happiness, simply doesn’t fulfil us on a deeper level, so counselling can help in revisioning your story, and viewing your life from a different perspective, by helping you to see where you neglect your own sense of well-being and get caught in outdated behaviours to compensate for this.
Why should our clients choose you?
How I work
During sessions, I practice according to three main principles:
• Non-judgemental - I work with a client’s reality, accepting them as they are and without judgement or prejudice, supporting them toward as journey of self-acceptance.
• Empathic - I provide clients with a space to express complex or difficult emotions. People often need to be heard and acknowledged before they can understand what might be holding them back or keeping them caught in an unhealthy cycle.
• Empowering - I work with clients to realise the best version of themselves, offering authentic connection, supporting you to realise and manifest your own potential. Authentic empowerment means having the ability to feel safe in your vulnerability, and knowing and accepting your limitations, as well as realising your strengths and developing your relationships.
My practice is best described as relational counselling. It is a non-directive form of therapy, which acknowledges that you are the expert on your life and that I do not claim to have any answers that you cannot find from within yourself. However, it can be helpful to be supported in finding these answers or a path which is where therapy plays a part. My part is to listen, accept and assist in enabling you to gain increased awareness of yourself, your environment and the implications of the choices you make, leading you a more meaningful and fulfilling life. My method relies heavily on a collaboration, with me acting as a guide for you to explore what you need to.
Specialist areas and experience
• Addictive behaviours
• Stress and anxiety
• Depression/prolonged low mood
• Relationship difficulties
• Life transition
• Loss or bereavement
• Existential crisis
Treatment Director (Fixed Term)
Swiss Recore AG - Switzerland
From October 2017 to April 2018.
Setting up, delivering and supervising clinical standards. Lead on Liaison with partnership hospitals and clinical standards Client assessment and bespoke treatment design Marketing and promotion of treatment methodology. Initial assessment and care planning design Overseeing clinical reports, clinical governance and detailed discharge summaries Clinical intervention, and aftercare design. Hiring and supervising live in case managers, and complimentary staff, Clinical lead on reflective practice and clinical supervision.
Forensic Clincal Counsellor
NHS (East London Foresnsic Directorate)
From October 2014 to October 2017 .
Principle Role: Psychological Risk assessment and formulation (HCR-20 – SIPP 118 – PCL 90) in psychiatric high/medium secure units, in the community and within a probation setting. Working with anti-social and severely high-risk personality disordered patients. Working as part a multi-disciplined psychiatric and psychologically led clinical team to establish appropriate care provision for those held either under section 37/147 of the mental health act, or serving community based sentences in the community under license. Leading on dual diagnosis and substance misuse counselling and intervention with this patient group in order to reduce harm and risk to the public under the directorate of the national offender management and the home secretary’s office (Ministry of Justice - MOJ)
Counsellor/Team Lead (The Core Trust, West London)
The Core Trust
From March 2009 to September 2014.
Responsible for coordinating the care and treatment of allocated clients Individual assessments with prospective clients Clinical Induction and orientation procedure Devising individual care plans; identifying clients’ needs and individual bespoke treatment packages. Compiling Local Authority reviews & other clinical reports at key stages in treatment. Liaison with Care Managers, preparing Local Authority reviews and client care plans. Providing ‘crisis intervention’ Designing and Holding therapeutic process. Facilitate and prepare skilled-based groups/relapse prevention groups. Facilitate psychotherapeutic process groups Developing links with external agencies to deliver appropriate skilled based workshops as required. Offer clients a range of resources to provide advice and support on the following issues; debt management, basic money management, training and educational needs, benefit & housing entitlement, & health and well-being activities. Identify individual needs regarding skilled-based support. Support clients in accessing practical help & support with form filling / letter & CV writing & other writing skills. Support clients in accessing employment / further education /voluntary work. Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well-being. Manage a small team of volunteers providing support and supervision. Hold and direct weekly clinical meetings with clinical staff, discussing progress and concerns arising relating the client group on the programme.
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