David Downes

David Downes

Counselling, Psychotherapy 30045594


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Specialises in

  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Behavioural Activation (BA)
  • Behavioural Couples Therapy
  • CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Trauma focused CBT

Bupa specialist

  • Family Therapy


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me


Born in Dublin, Ireland, Moved to the UK. Ex Royal Navy (Submarine Service), then Managing Director of public company. I believe I have a comprehensive understanding of stress.

We pretty much all at some time in our lives become mentally stuck upon an issue/event/person. It’s my role to help those to become unstuck, and I’ve achieved this in excess of 13,000 times in one-on-one sessions, to-date.

I’m direct and forward thinking, working collaboratively with clients towards agreed goals. In practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), I seek to bring long term understanding and change upon my client’s issues.

I have gone on to receive specialist training in neurodiversity and in particular ADHD/ADD, with the United Kingdom Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) via Kings College University. Not only am I trained to screen people for ADHD/ADD, I have gone on to further train and qualify to perform the more in-depth gold standard assessment using a DIVA-5, psychological assessment for ADHD/ADD, with UKAAN. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is another neurodivergent area of specialist knowledge and screening for me.

In the advancement of best practices to support on-going diagnosis for ADHD/ADD, I have invested in further training as a licensed healthcare professional with QB Check. The QB test is a scientific diagnostic computer based screening tool, which provides objective information to aid in the assessment of ADD/ADHD

In private practice for over 10yrs, I believe I possess experience, maturity and positive outcome performance in working with clients.

Working from my offices in Chester, Canary Wharf and also in the City of London, I provide every local access for clients in what is one of the most stressful environments in the world.

Furthermore, I’m accredited with: AVIVA, AXA Health, BUPA, Simply Health, Cigna, Vitality and Pru Health.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Brief Interventions
Executive Coaching
Couple's therapy
Transaction Analysis
Telephone counselling
Management consultancy
Training & Workshops
Critical incident stress de-briefing
Clinical Supervision

Areas of interest

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); EMDR; HeartMath; Neurodiversity (ADHD, ADD, ASD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia); QB Test; Anxieties; Depression; Phobias; Stress management; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD); Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Trauma; OCD; Self-esteem; Cancer Counselling; Bereavement; Relationship /Couples Counselling; Personality issues and coaching; Stress Management;

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
  • Psychophysiological disorders

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Procedures completed

  • AA034

    Psychotherapy session - (>50)

  • AA808

    Counselling session - (1-5)

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