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

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Welcome. David Whistance

Helping you find your way

I imagine you’re reading this because, in one way or another, you’re struggling, stuck or lost. If we worked together, I hope you’d find a better way to face your difficulties and take meaningful steps towards more balance and wellbeing.

Hello and welcome to Goodwill Guidance. Working from peaceful locations in Southampton and Winchester, I offer a safe space for you to be heard and listened to.

Depending on your needs, we may use this space for exploring challenging issues, practising relaxation and balancing techniques, supporting greater use of valuable strengths or maybe giving your career some TLC.

This page and the rest of the site say more about what I offer. Check things out. Have a think. And feel free to call me on 07949913737 or send an email if you've got any questions or would like to book an appointment.

With best wishes

David Whistance
Accredited Counsellor
Autogenic Therapist
Careers Adviser

'See for yourself what brings
contentment, clarity and peace.
That is the path for you to follow.'
Jack Kornfield

What do you need?

Counselling helps you explore challenging issues within a special, supportive relationship. Somewhere to face difficulties, build your resources and move towards positive, healing resolution.

Stress management and self help
An eight week Autogenic Training course could help you to relax, release emotional distress and bring more balanced energy into your life.

Strengths coaching
Exploring your strengths may bring more energy and direction to personal or work issues.

Careers guidance
I can put on this hat if you're searching for greater satisfaction and meaning in your career.

Go to the Support page to find out more. When we meet we would discuss and explore your needs and agree the mix of support strategies that is best for you.

Issues and possibilities

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we just get stuck. Here are some of the sticky issues I've helped people work through over the years as a counsellor, careers adviser and autogenic therapist.
+ Anxiety, worry and stress are frequent visitors.
+ Then there's depression. Being lost in a dark, lonely and hopeless 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 emotions such as anger, fear and sadness.
+ And finally, life just getting too much.

If we worked together, I hope you’d experience:
+ A helpful mix of listening, exploring, creating and balancing
+ Important shifts in understanding
+ Meaningful, positive changes in your life.

I can't give you guarantees because no responsible helping professional can. With 20+ years in this line of work, I've seen many people connect with deep inner and relational resources that helped them face and overcome difficulties. I’ve witnessed many special moments when our life-giving potential has been nudged, and nudges us, to find acceptance, to learn and to grow. My experience is that the possibilities for emotional healing, from small to large and from practical to profound, wait quietly and patiently within and between us all.

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 counsellor, careers adviser or stress management teacher who doesn't live on your doorstep? Seeing someone a manageable distance from home sometimes helps create a good psychological space.

January 2020 update

Resource of the month
The Gestalt approach (PDF)
While bucket loads of research shows how you get on with your therapist matters much more than the theories and techniques they use, you may wish to find out more about the Humanistic Gestalt tradition. This provides deep foundations for therapeutic counselling and a rich, integrating framework for all my offerings.

For more background information linked to this resource, go to the Support page > Counselling.

The Direction page lists some key ideas and resources mainly linked to counselling. They may also be of help if you are considering stress management, strengths coaching or careers guidance

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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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