My name is David Campbell and I have been trained as a Counsellor for over 30 years. I initially trained as a Person Centred Counsellor at Avery Hill Teachers College however, I did not start to formally practice counselling until 15 years ago.
I started my working life as a Youth Worker in London then later moved to Sheffield as a senior manager with Sheffield Youth Service. A few years before leaving the youth service I started to re-engage with counselling by volunteering to work for the Interchange Counselling Service. I later moved on to work for the Elementary Society (youth work Project) and SAYIT a young people’s focused project working with LGBTQ community.
As someone who has come from a youth work background my particular interest is working with young people. I describe my approach to counselling as non-Eurocentric. I work with pictures, music and role-play where appropriate. My approach does not follow convention nor is it traditional to counselling however, it is solidly framed within the ethical framework of a person-centred model of counselling.
In recent years I have been concerned by the lack of opportunities taken up by the Black and Asian communities in engaging with counselling. I and keen to work at redressing this imbalance and demonstrate the positive impact that counselling can have.
I have also worked with families and adults as part of my private practice.
I have a keen interest in sports which includes, cycling, running, triathlon, Ironman and Taekwondo. I also like to read and have a keen interest in politics.
In summary, counselling should be flexible, open, creative, and model itself on the needs of each individual client. Not “one shoe fits all”. It should be a place to explore one’s experiences/thoughts and develop the “tools” to form an integral part of the client’s journey.
We should all learn to laugh through the tears.
Training, qualifications, and experience:
- PhD, Masters in Pastoral Studies
- Diploma in Counselling, Cert Ed.
Areas of counselling:
Generic counselling offered, but areas of focus are:
- Eating Concerns/Disorders
- Self-Esteem/Body Image
- Gender Identity
- Relationship Conflicts
- Sexual Identity Concerns
- Issues of Racism/Sexism
Brief working history:
- Islington Youth Service
- (Highbury Roundhouse)
- Camden Youth Service
- Kentish Town Detached Youth
- Work Project
- Sheffield Education Department
- Youth Service-Senior Worker
- European Commission
- International Trainer-Europe