About David Kirk

After studying psychology I went on to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Liverpool John Moores University. This was a BACP accredited course taught at Masters level. I am a full member of the BACP and on the accredited register of counsellors and psychotherapists compiled by BACP. I also have a certificate in Counselling Supervision and provide supervision for both professionals and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. For over a decade now I have specialised in the field of addiction, and am now based in my practice in central Liverpool. I work with a wide range of clients all over the North West, from individuals to groups, couples and families. I was initially trained in a Rogerian, sometimes called person-centred, theoretic base, but like many other therapists I now offer a more integrative approach if and when required. I have further training and expertise in Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Gestalt as well as a passion for Transpersonal psychology. I have a keen interest in the treatment of trauma and my increased and varied training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) is something I am using increasingly over time. Trauma is at the centre of many mental health issues, and it’s treatment with EMDR is both tailored and precise, but still with an emphasis on care and support during the therapeutic process.
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I started (like many others) to question my purpose in life in my early forties and began to acknowledge my own irritability and dissatisfaction with my life. Change is more often than not preceded by some form of personal crisis and that is certainly my own experience. I was met with a series of life-changing events including the death of my father and a 25-year marriage breakup. I began to notice that if I was not blaming him, her, this or that then I was blaming myself. This, I came to understand, was the root of my problem and I had to somehow change my view of myself and the world. In essence, I needed to reframe my thoughts, views and beliefs and work out how they were contributing so massively to my interpersonal relationships, whether at home, in the workplace and any other arena. I believe that, although clients present with many different problems, issues, hurts and hang-ups, there is usually one prevailing cause. Helping to discover and overcome that is where my passion and skills are utilised. I will walk alongside you while you discover the triggers and responses that affect your personal life and self worth. This service is provided in confidence and is entirely ethically sound adhering to the guidelines of BACP’s ethical framework. I provide support to individuals and groups including: Workshops, Individuals, Corporate and HR teams or online via SKYPE