David Petherbridge BA (Hon) Dip Psych Dip GWP
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Qualifying as an Integrative psychotherapist in 1995, I trained in New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology) and have practised in the UK since 1996.
Since graduation, I have undertaken on-going professional development in a number of areas including: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and a Certificate in Person Centred Supervision. I recently completed a 2 year Diploma in Group Work Practice and gained Group Work Practitioner Status through The Institute of Group Analysis.
I am a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), have presented papers and facilitated workshops at a number of conferences on the topics of cross-cultural conflict and psychotherapy and politics.
A tutor on the Introduction to Counselling Skills course I also facilitate an Experiential Training Group on the Foundation fast track and a Diploma in Counselling 3rd Year Integration Process Group at the Minster Centre (a psychotherapy training organisation).
I have worked extensively within the higher education sector, and for eight years was Head of Student Support Services at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. My experience of managing and supervising staff helps me to think about the role that groups and organisations play in our lives, and the impact these environments have on us.
With colleagues at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, I organised a conference on body image and the acting profession. I also co-devised a 7-week programme on Mindfulness for Academic Writing and have taught presentation skills, stress management and Introduction to Mindfulness workshops.
I have undertaken extensive youth work within the LGBT community, offered training and supervision for a number of voluntary agencies. This included managing a telephone support service for a child abuse prevention charity.
My article "The Glorification of Terrorism: Curtailments to Public and Private Thinking Spaces" was published both in the Association for University and College Counselling Journal and Therapy Today. I have presented my model of “Cross Cultural Contact and Disturbance” at a Conference of the Gestalt Association United Kingdom, PCSR conference and an International Conference of Psychodrama.