This is a single person Counselling and Training practice that builds upon Dave's life experience of working in the public services for 25 years as well as roles such as adult teacher, trainer, lecturer, foster carer, victim support volunteer, learning support assistant, working for a National Autistic charity and many others.
Being at the centre of the process enables the client to feel valued.
It is about forming positive therapeutic relationship. It is about guiding the client to find their own solutions while the Counsellor/Coach/Mentor acts as a critical friend challenging the client to look within themselves. Dave is able to work with adults and with adolescents and children.
Dave can select from the roles of Coach, Counsellor and Mentor depending on what the client needs.
Dave is based in Tandridge (South of the M25) and can meet individuals in a quiet and confidential environment. While corporate or schools and college training can be delivered at your location.
He also is aware that there are groups of adults and children who find that leaving the house is, at the moment, difficult, making travel harder, so he may be willing to travel within reasonable distances to initially support those clients at home. Dave's style and approach will be uniquely tailored to your needs and will be central to the healing and recovery process.
There at times when we all require an enabler to support and encourage us to overcome day to day life experiences that have become too much to deal with alone. First Steps Forward put you at the centre of the process enabling you to feel valued and supported. It is about forming positive therapeutic working relationships. It is about guiding you to find you own solutions while the Counsellor acts as a critical friend, acting in a non-judgemental way you will be supported and encouraged to identify and manage solutions towards self-healing. This takes place in a safe and confidential environment where you are able to feel empowered. The counsellor promises to listen without judgement and will give you the time you need. Then, when you are ready, will guide you towards self-healing.
Trauma & PTSD symptoms
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. The counsellor can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
It is often the case that we look at our lives and worry that we are addicted to certain aspects of it. This can be shopping, sex, pornography, the internet, alcohol, drugs or substances. The Counsellor will work with you, and other professionals when you are ready, to support you through these challenges, and help you take those first steps to recovery.
Many people with Autism struggle in the workplace. I am able to support the worker and the employer with advice on reasonable adjustments as well as coaching or mentoring in the workplace. As well as advocating for individuals in the work place.
Families where there is Autism sometimes struggle with getting a diagnosis, understanding the impact of the diagnosis as well as parenting and planning. Dave can work alongside you to offer strategies and support.
Dave is uniquely placed in having working in education and social care as well as public services and supporting people with SEN as well as Autism. He is able to offer training that encompasses general or specific Autism awareness, teaching strategies as well as support and mentoring.
Neurotypicals, non Autistic people, often find that the Autistic Spectrum Condition (A.S.C) is complex and difficult to understand. While adults and children who may believe that they are on the Autistic Spectrum or who have a diagnosis may struggle with understanding as well as with many skills such as social integration, social skills and relationships, sensory overloads and many more. These are often linked to self harm and depression and impact on day to day living making life a struggle.
Work related issues such as interviewing, getting on with colleagues, as well as losing work, making and keeping relationships are common examples of concerns for adults on the Spectrum.
While with children and young adults, an understanding of themselves is often hard and fitting into peer groups a huge problem. Likewise with children and younger adults education experiences such as exam concessions, classroom strategies, E.H.C.P, school placements and specialist provisions are often questions that are difficult to find answers to.
Dave is able to support people who have, or are awaiting, diagnosis for A.S.C. He is able to support their families and carers to understand the diagnosis and what it means to be on the Autistic Spectrum. He is able to support with parenting skills for this unique group of people and help find solutions to day to day concerns as well as help manage children and young adults on the Autistic Spectrum demonstrating challenging behaviour.
Addictions-substances, porn etc
Affairs and betrayal
Autistic Spectrum Condition/Asperger’s
Learning difficulties/ SEND
Low self-confidence/low self esteem
Passive aggressive behaviour
BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) in Counselling, P.G.C.E. (P.C.E.T), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (SEN), Masters Degree in Education (Autism), Surrey Autism Champion.
AMIoC, MNCS (Accred).
Counselling - Initial assessment and discussion up to 90 minutes - £80. Thereafter, the cost is £45 per 50 minute session. (Concessions for some benefits including PIP/DLA and discount for Public services-£35 per 50 minutes). Travel to clients arranged separately.
Mentoring and Coaching Individuals or families- £30 per 50 minutes.
Corporate Mentoring/Coaching/Training - £150 per 2 hours- to include travel costs to Organisations.
£300 per 4 hours
Training in Education- £100 per 2 hours
£150 per 3 hours. Additional costs for travel.
For Counselling, Mentoring or Family Coaching- payment at the beginning of the session.
For Training bookings etc paid on confirmation of booking.
I am an independent Counsellor, Coach and Mentor with previous experience in Public Services. I am not affiliated to or paid by any of the public services. My former Colleagues from Public Services are warmly welcome and rates are discounted, please ask for the rate and be prepared to show id.
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