After a successful career in corporate management, David acknowledged his intense interest in communicating with and empowering staff. He found that staff (even those not reporting to him) felt safe to come to him to discuss their personal stories. That motivated David to undertake post-grad studies in counselling in order to be able to help clients understand their current situation and to work with them to develop strategies to live a fuller, and more positive, life.
David’s style is naturally calm and curious which allows him the chance to connect with clients where they are at, and sit with them in a safe and supportive environment. After 20 years and nearly 5,000 sessions of experience, David holds the highest level of membership with the Australian Counselling Association and he is an accredited Clinical Supervisor of counsellors and social workers.
As a male counsellor David is often told that he brings a different dynamic to couples therapy, without siding with either partner. He sees his role in couples therapy is to put the truth on the table so that the couple can decide on what they will do with that truth, and not make any judgements.
Although he draws from constant training in different methods of counselling, David enjoys the viewpoints of ACT for couples and the work of Dr John Gottman, but he has also studied Narrative Therapy and CBT. Clients tell him that he uses a common-sense approach to his work with them. He looks to use his training to provide resources and the opportunity for the couple to explore their relationship experiences in a more open way. This has proven to be successful in partners increasing their understanding their own reactions and also being more understanding of the impact on the other.
David doesn’t allow any particular counselling methodology to define the way he works with clients – rather, he joins with the couple where they are at and understands what is important to them and what they are hoping to achieve from the counselling process.