D R DOWNES & ASSOCIATES
Central London and Weybridge, Surrey, London
Hello, I’m David Downes and I’m an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) & Life Coach with the Bristish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition, I’m also an EMDR Practitioner and member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
Background Bio: I’m Irish, moving to the UK at 6yrs of age. I’m now 58 and married, with 6 daughters, three being step-daughters. Formative working background: Royal Navy (submarines), then into business in London on leaving, becoming a Managing Director for 13yrs of a small IT based Public Company, employing 115 people over 6 regional locations. Later executive European roles, one with an American asset management conglomerate (WCAS), the other with with a multi-billion dollar South African software services company (Persetel). Retrained into psychological services and coaching at the turn of the millennium, now thoroughly enjoying a successful career in counselling psychotherapy and life coaching, along with my wife: Rebecca Downes.
Hi, I’m Rebecca Downes and I too am also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Life Coach with the Bristish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition, I’m also an EMDR Practitioner and member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
Background Bio: Born in Cheltenham, I’m 44 and married, with three daughters. Formative working background is in HR and in particular resource and talent management within the IT and veritical transportation sectors. I embarked upon retraining into psychological services and coaching in 2005 an as with David, I very much enjoy the work that I do.
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What do you love most about your job?
We really very much get a glow from what we do because we see real, very positive change in my clients mood and ways of looking at things. Not many careers provide one with such a strong feeling of what one does for a living that really counts, in witnessing a sense of real relief in other.
In life, we probably all become stuck upon certain issues at sometime in our lives. People breach a trust or a love, whilst some mentally or physically abuse us. Then there’s loss - of life, love, purpose or employment...howsoever. Everyone has a different experience to share and explore, yet most come under one heading - feelings.
Rebecca and I are agents for change. We directly assist people in becoming unstuck - it’s that simple. Our experience, gained through working with our clients, is that they do not want to sit in a room listening to an echo of their own voices. Yes, they have a need to be heard and to express emotion. However, they also want action for real change. This is were we work collaborative with our clients in assisting them to achieve their personal, relationship and business goal objectives..
What inspired you to start your own business?
Rebecca and I had always planned to work together from the outset of our retraining, when accredited to practice.
Why should our clients choose you?
As hubris as this might sound: because we really work closely with our clients, we work hard for our clients interests and we’re good at what I do - so our clients inform us.
In accepting referrals from one major insurer over the past 3yrs, for example, David maintains a success rate of over 80%. What this really means is that 4 out of 5 people who enter into service with him, with a diagnosable mental health condition, will be symptom free by the time their work together is concluded.
In addition, Rebecca and I have invested heavily in quality facilities and technology, located in 4 regionally located therapy rooms in Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool and Chester. We operate closer to our clients.
Communications & Intelligence operative
Royal Navy Submarine Services
From February 1976 to July 1981.
Mostly playing hide and seek (plus kiss chase) in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.
IBEC Business Sysyems PLC
From May 1982 to September 1995.
Growing a desktop and computer network provider employing 115 over 6 sites
European Account Director
CERPLEX - a Welsh, Carson, Anderson, Stowe subsiduary company
From June 1997 to July 1999.
WCAS is a asset management conglomerate that acquires and restructures businesses, providing outstanding yealds on-behalf-of investors.
Resource Management & Deployment.
COMPAREX - a PERSETEL subsiduary
From September 1999 to May 2001.
Resource management of 190 specialist software developers working upon 5 major projects
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
From May 2008 to August 2010.
Counsellor working in Mental Health Services in Pwll Glas, Mold, Flintshire
Counsellor - Staff Support
Cheshire West Partnership - NHS
From August 2010 to September 2011.
Looking after the mental wellbeing of doctors, nursing staff and admin NHS employers
D R DOWNES & ASSOCIATES
From January 2012 to present.
Managing a busy and diverse client portfolio in four clinical locations: Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool and Chester. Specialist and accredited CBT (BACP) and EMDR practitioners. EAP Providers and partners with: AXA, BUPA, AVIVA, Cigna, Simply Health, Pru Health and Vitality Health.
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