Helping you find your way
Hello. My name is David Whistance and I'd like to welcome you to Goodwill Guidance. An accredited counsellor who also teaches practical stress management methods, I'm based in peaceful locations in Southampton and Winchester.
I imagine you’re reading this because, in one way or another, you’re struggling. If we worked together, I hope you’d find a better way to face and resolve your struggles and take positive steps towards more balance and wellbeing.
As well as offering counselling and stress management self help, I'm also a qualified careers adviser. While potential issues cut across our private, personal and working lives, I'm experienced helping people work through career development challenges if you need support with this.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions or to book an initial appointment.
What do you need?
Counselling enables you to explore challenging issues within a special, supportive relationship. Somewhere to help you face difficulties and distress and move towards positive, healing resolution.
Autogenic Training (AT) is a practical yet profound approach to stress management and self help. AT mindfulness practices could nurture inner calm, emotional balance and self awareness.
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 distress and/or roadblocks on your journey? A relaxation skills and self help 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.
Issues and possibilities
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we just get stuck. Here are some of the sticky issues I've helped people work with over the years.
+ Anxiety, worry and stress are frequent visitors.
+ Then there's depression. Being lost in a dark and scary place.
+ Loss of loved ones. Loss of meaning. Loss of identity. Loss of confidence. Loss of direction.
+ Career uncertainties. Involving what you do and/or who you're doing it with.
+ Relationship problems. All shades and intensities of conflict and rupture.
+ Struggling with sensations of emotional distress felt in the body.
+ And finally, life just getting too much.
If we worked together, I hope you’d experience a helpful mix of listening, exploring, creating, balancing and other healing ingredients. I hope important understanding and meaningful change would emerge for you over time from the weird and wonderful world of therapeutic possibilities.
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
Creative, sensory play is an important part of my work. There is a respectful, step by step process to developing any optional, creative experiments.
This SoulPancake video may give you a taste of how the creative process could help you to pause, reflect and potentially reveal new possibilities.
For other resources and videos that explore counselling, stress management and careers guidance topics, please check out the Resources page.
A metaphorical moment
Spring is on the way