Goodwill Guidance Counselling, Stress Management & Careers Guidance
for Southampton and Hampshire

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Welcome. David Whistance

Helping you find your way

Hello and welcome to Goodwill Guidance!

Based in peaceful locations in Southampton and Winchester, maybe I can help you find your way through important personal and/or career issues.

If we worked together, I hope you’d experience a helpful mix of being listened to and accepted, enabled to explore your strengths and weaknesses and supported to nurture practical and meaningful change.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions or to book an initial appointment.

With best wishes,

David Whistance
Accredited Counsellor, Autogenic Therapist
and Careers Adviser.




What do you need?

Counselling enables you to explore important areas of your life within a special, supportive relationship. Somewhere to help you face difficulties and distress and work towards positive, healing possibilities.

Autogenic Training (AT) is a practical approach to stress and anxiety management. Taught since the 1930s, AT mindfulness practices could help you improve inner calm and emotional balance.

I can put on my careers guidance hat if you're searching for greater satisfaction and meaning in the working part of your life.

So who and what do you need most? A counsellor to help you face and work through inner conflict? A relaxation skills facilitator? Or someone to help you find your way out of a musty career corner? The Support page says more about how each approach may help and we would discuss how to best address your needs and goals should we meet.


Common issues

People come to see me for many reasons including:-
- Anxiety and worry
- Bereavement and loss
- Career struggles
- Conflict in important relationships
- Confusion
- Depression
- Not OK and stuck
- OK but stuck
- Lack of confidence
- Life just getting too much
- Lingering effects of distressing experiences
- Loss of direction
- Stress

While I can't predict what progress you'd make if we agreed to work together, these feedback examples from previous clients may give a sense of what happens when things go well.

'My sessions helped me gain control of and understand my emotions.'

'I'm so much calmer and more mellow than the stressed person I was.'

'A very valuable experience which was of great help to me.'

'Lightbulb moment! I now know what I need to do to make things happen.'


For Southampton, Hampshire and the South

While about half the people I work with live in Southampton, many come from locations throughout Hampshire and the South including Winchester, Salisbury, Romsey, Portsmouth, Petersfield, New Forest, Fareham, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and Bournemouth.

Do you like the idea of working with a helping professional who doesn't live on your doorstep? Seeing someone a manageable distance from home sometimes helps create a good psychological space.


Resource of the month

November 2017: The Gestalt approach
While how you get on with your therapist usually matters more than the theories and techniques they use (see Helpful helping and large-scale research findings), you may wish to find out more about the Humanistic Gestalt tradition which underpins my work.

This article from Coaching Today gives a great introduction to this holistic and life affirming approach.

For other resources and videos that explore counselling, stress management and careers guidance topics, please check out the Resources page.




Accredited counsellor offering counselling, stress management and careers guidance to people living in Hampshire and the South. Located in Southampton and Winchester.

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