After completing a psychology degree, I trained as a careers adviser and for the next 14 years found using counselling skills invaluable in helping people work through career-related confusion and uncertainty. I then trained as a Gestalt counsellor and have been in supervised practice since 2010.
As far as I can see, all psychotherapies are essentially equally effective. I both value other traditions and am glad I chose the Gestalt approach. For me, it celebrates the dynamic and holistic messiness of the human condition, that healing potentials exist within and between us and that creative play can enrich talking and listening. The Gestalt approach also recognises that we are embodied minds and I offer soothing and balancing acupressure touch self-help techniques as an optional part of the counselling process.
I see adults and employee assistance programme referrals for therapy at my practice in Southampton, do occasional student counselling at the University of Winchester and run workshops for therapists about using creative and embodied methods. I work part-time as a careers adviser at Solent University, where I've been supported to champion a user friendly way to assess the impact of careers guidance and to research and develop a holistic model of the career development process.
I call my practice this to recognise the moments of healing goodwill, of compassionate here and now awareness celebrated by many traditions, that may bring emotional freedom and guide us to make more of our time on this planet. The image at the top of every page is an homage to these special moments that can emerge during any supportive encounter where we restore awareness to the driving seat of the metaphorical car, or in this case canoe, of our lives.
Dip HE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
PG Cert Autogenic Therapy
PG Dip Careers Guidance
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Ongoing interests supported by CPD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acupressure for Emotional Healing
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Strengths Profile Coaching
Touch for Health (Levels 1 to 4, Metaphors and Goal Setting, Five Elements)
Working with: Archetypes / the Body / Feelings and Needs / Trauma
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.
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
Confidentiality and privacy
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My head and shoulders photo and illustration on the welcome page, booklet cover photo on the workshops page and all text throughout this website are copyright © 2020 David Whistance and Goodwill Guidance. All other photographs are from royalty free sources.
I offer links to information, videos and website resources as well as self-help activities 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. Please take responsibility for your well-being.