Counselling and
stress management
in Southampton

Appointment FAQs

Moving forwards

I offer a free initial phone or video call plus reduced-fee, no obligation first appointment to help you start to get a sense of whether we could work well together. I hope these FAQs and other content on this site answer any questions you have, but if you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to get in touch.

Availability: Currently offering appointments

I offer appointments every weekday and currently have availability on:

I may be able to offer other days and times.

Just let me know what works for you.

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Fees: Usually £50 an hour but please read this

Face-to-face and online appointments
Initial 15 to 20 minute phone or video call: Free

Up to one hour face-to-face or online...

Autogenic Therapy
Learn as a focussed course over seven weeks or over at least three months if integrated with counselling. More >

Strengths profile debrief
Up to 90 minutes: £120. Includes cost of Expert Profile.

Cancellation policy
The full fee or reduced administration fee is usually payable if you do not attend, or cancel within 24 hours of, your appointment. See the working agreement (below) for more details.

Working agreement

This runs from 25 September 2023

Please you read this before your initial assessment appointment.

Updating this agreement: If I make changes that impact our current work, I shall ask to discuss whether the containing spirit of our initial agreement still stands before our next appointment.

Safety, confidentiality and privacy



Goals and endings

Your first appointment

Therapy can provide a quiet and accepting place where you can be heard and acknowledged as well as a place to actively and creatively explore important issues. Our first session involves gathering key information about what's going on in your life, so it can have a different vibe to how we'd be when we've settled into working together.

It's also a space with no obligations on either side i.e. we have an initial conversation and start to get a sense of whether we could work well together.

Learning from COVID

Making a safe space
Signing the working agreement (above) means we both agree to follow these wellness-promotion steps that help to make face to face work safe and productive.

We both agree to:

I (David Whistance) also agree to:

You also agree to:

If you're really struggling

Take care of yourself
If you're concerned about your mental health, please speak with your GP as soon as possible even if you're reaching out to counsellors, psychotherapists or other helping professionals.

Call NHS 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123 any time of the day or night if you're experiencing unbearable emotional pain.

Do you keep falling into a big, dark hole and fear there's no way out?

If we met face to face, we'd work in a spacious, calm room.