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Independent Counselling: David Simon

Tyne & Wear

‘20 Certificate of Excellence

Hi, My name is David and I am a therapeutic counsellor and life coach, based in a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. I work one-to-one with adult clients in a private and confidential setting, for short-term or long-term work. My aim is to offer a comfortable environment in which we can work together, to safely explore any emotionally difficult and / or complex personal issues, or to explore options for your future life. By actively listening to you, and genuinely trying to understand and fully accept who you are, a trusting and productive relationship can form. With an effective rapport established, in which you are neither judged nor pushed but instead supported and encouraged, you are free to find your own way. £50 for 60-minute one-to-one counselling sessions. £55 for life coaching sessions (with a 10% discount for programme of 10 sessions). Please contact me if you would like to pursue the idea of counselling or life coaching further. I hope that we can arrange a meeting soon, for a half-price consultation. Please do contact me for an appointment. I aim to respond within one working day. Here's a really useful video on the BBC website, about looking for a counsellor: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-43979875/how-to-find-the-therapist-for-you

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What do you love most about your job?

I suppose it must be the satisfaction that comes from helping someone to find that they have the ability to change their life for the better. Once people realise that they have the resources within themselves to grow and develop, it frees them to make further progress on their own.

When a client says: “Thank you” to me – that they can see a way forward or can cope better with a significant loss – then that’s worth all the study and training!

What inspired you to start your own business?

"Being my own boss" means I take the decisions, the responsibility and the satisfaction of the rewards.

I've done many other things in my life, and often been pretty good at them, but counselling is something I love. I'm committed to being the best I can be, because, compared to other jobs, this is where I feel I make a real difference.

Working for myself means I can choose if and how to specialise, without needing permission. Actually, I love the variety I get, in private practice! It's not primarily about the money, you don’t get rich in this profession, but I do get out what I put in. Self-employment can be tough - yet having more control over how I live my life is worth it.

Why should our clients choose you?

That's up to the client! Finding a "good fit" between client and counsellor / life coach is crucial, which is why I offer a half-price consultation – it gives us a chance to find out if we are likely to work well together.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Yes - I am using the Zoom secure platform for online sessions. However, I do not provide telephone counselling.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Regular sterilisation of relevant surfaces in my office, with occasional "fogging". The room is large enough for us to be 2 metres apart. Hand sanitiser is provided. I am fully vaccinated and take regular Covid-19 tests.

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At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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