I’ve worked as a careers adviser since 1996 and as a counsellor since 2009. Over the years, it’s been a privilege to accompany so many people as they’ve moved, in their own unique ways, from stuckness and confusion towards freedom and clarity.
As well as running Goodwill Guidance, I work part time as a careers adviser at Solent University. I have championed a user friendly strategy to assess the impact of careers guidance and am actively researching holistic models of the career development process.
I moved into the psychotherapy world after many years of involvement with Touch for Health. Touch for Health, Gestalt counselling and Autogenic Training all view our body and mind as an integrated whole.
Why do I call my practice Goodwill Guidance? It's to recognise the moments of healing goodwill, of compassionate here and now awareness celebrated by many traditions and practices, that may guide us to make more of our lives. Here are some sunflowers as a metaphor for these profound and hope-filled moments.
Dip HE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
PG Cert Autogenic Therapy
PG Dip Careers Guidance
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Strengths Profile Coaching
As a trauma-informed counsellor, I attend workshops, read widely on the subject and work with an experienced, trauma-informed supervisor. I actively apply models such as the window of tolerance to help minimise unnecessary distress and maximise effective psychological processing time during therapy.
These workshops inform my optional use of elemental metaphors or energy psychology techniques as part of the counselling process.
Touch for Health, Levels 1 - 4 (Hazel Miller and Jane Piper)
Metaphors and goal setting (Matthew Thie)
Emotional Freedom Techniques, Levels 1 & 2 (Ted Wilmont)
Picture Tapping Technique (Philip Davis and Christine Sutton)
The five elements in depth (Sandy Gannon)
Accredited, registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Full member of the British Autogenic Society
Full member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
Confidentiality and privacy
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My photograph at the top of the Welcome page, illustrations and photographs on the Support, Direction and Appointments pages and all website text are copyright © of Goodwill Guidance and David Whistance. The compass photograph at the top of every page, photograph at the bottom of the Welcome page and photograph on the About page are from royalty free sources.
I offer links to information, videos and website resources in good faith. Will they help? I hope so but I don’t know about your circumstances and offer no assurances. It’s your call what you do with them.