David Petherbridge

David Petherbridge

As an Integrative therapist I believe that maintaining a flexibility of approach in order to best meet the needs of each individual is essential. Therefore, I draw on a number of theoretical perspectives depending on the goals of my clients and the sorts of difficulties being experienced. These include aspects of gestalt, mindfulness, dialectical behavior and psychodynamic therapy.

My work

My over-arching focus is on the centrality and importance of the therapeutic relationship in the counselling or psychotherapeutic venture. As we get to know each other, our relationship needs to become one in which you feel able to talk with me about the things that are most troubling you. Whilst we both need to play an active part in fostering such a relationship, I am experienced in establishing and developing this process.

I have particular experience and interest in the following areas:

Anxiety and depression
Relationships with others/ family conflicts
Bereavement and loss
Body image concerns
Creative blocks and procrastination
Masculinity and men’s issues
Confidence and presentation skills
Sexual orientation and identity issues
Returning to study

About me

I have 18 years’ post-qualification experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor. Whilst I have undertaken a wide range of clinical work over this time, I have specialist knowledge in working with those involved in the performing arts, and within the field of higher education. I am particularly interested in the application of Mindfulness principles to performance anxiety and other kinds of creative blocks such as difficulties with procrastination.

I am a member of the organisation Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) and am concerned and interested in how politics, society and economics affect our individual and collective health.

I am one of the tutors on the Introduction to Counselling Skills course at the Minster Centre, and am a volunteer for “Beanstalk”, a child literacy charity.


I qualified as an Integrative psychotherapist in 1995. I trained in New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology) and I have practiced in the UK since 1996. Since qualifying I have undertaken on-going professional development in a number of areas including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and a Certificate in Person Centered Supervision.

Past experience

I have almost two decades of experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor. I have held several posts within the higher education sector, and for eight years was Head of Student Support Services at the Central School of Speech and Drama. My experience of managing and supervising staff helps me to think about the role groups and organisations play in our lives, and the impact of such structures on the lives of those who come to me for individual help.

With colleagues I organised a conference on body image and the acting profession. I also co-devised a 7 week program 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 and have experience in 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.

Professional affiliations

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Member of BACP
PCSR member (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)
The Minster Centre – tutor and organisational member


£55 – £65 per session