David Tidsall Counselling & Psychotherapy in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Welcome to David Tidsall Counselling and Psychotherapy in Buckinghamshire

I am a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Hello, my name is David Tidsall, thank you for visiting my website. I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 22 years experience. In my Buckinghamshire psychotherapy practice I work with people dealing with a wide range of circumstances, issues and problems.

Some of these can include:

  • Understanding and treating shame
  • Resolving traumas, both recent and historic
  • Resolving relationship problems at home, work and socially
  • Anger, stress and crisis management
  • Understanding and resolving anxiety and panic attacks
  • Finding healthy ways out of depression
  • Releasing creative potential

  • Coming to terms with bereavement and loss
  • Developing a resilient sense of self
  • Understanding and changing addictive behavior
  • Promoting and supporting life style change and self development
  • Finding the balance between belonging and individuality
  • Exploring and integrating difference and diversity

Please Note. Covid 19
During the current restrictions arising from Covid 19, I am working either online or by telephone with the intention of moving to face to face work when it is safe for us to do so. Please contact me via email or telephone if you are interested in counselling or psychotherapy to address the problems listed above or if you would like some space to talk through your concerns about how the Covid 19 pandemic may be effecting you. I am aware that the current level of uncertainty, we all face can bring other anxieties to the surface and trigger difficulties that in normal circumstances remain dormant or manageable.

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Having reached my website, you are probably looking for some help to resolve a problem, or to make deeper changes in how you see yourself, the quality of your life or how you relate to others. Sometimes this may be a feeling that things are "not quite right" or you are living in a way that no longer works for you. You might think that your reactions to events are self limiting, that you are not enjoying your relationships or have difficulty managing relationships in one or more areas of your life. Alternatively, you may recognise some of the problems listed above. These often involve heightened levels of stress or anxious thoughts and feelings, a sense of threat, or deepening low modes and an experience of being deflated with low energy and negative thinking. If this sounds familiar then please get in touch for an initial meeting using the link on the right side of this page or my contact page.

"Shame feels like a solitary pain, and a chronic shame seems like a personal failing caused by ones own negative thinking and low self esteem. But in fact, shame in all forms is relational. Shame is the experience of self-in-relation when in relation is ruptured or disconnected, a chronic sense of self in disconnection becomes a profound sense of isolation, which in turn leads to feelings of despair and unworthiness."
Patricia A. DeYoung in chronic shame 2015

My Approach

Deciding to seek help from psychotherapy or counseling can feel like a daunting first step. My approach is to take time to hear what is troubling you and work with you to explore the behavioural patterns, thoughts, feelings and sensations associated with what you are experiencing. From these we can begin to understand the conscious and unconscious messages and beliefs that influence how you live your life.

The Paradoxical Theory of Change
"...that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is...." Arnold Beisser, M.D.

Often what we experience as problems or troubles result from what has happened to us either earlier in life, recently or both. I think we deal with events and circumstances in the best way we can at the time. However, sometimes these old beliefs we form about ourselves, others and ways of coping may no longer be useful for how we want to live now. For example:

A person may be self critical, tending to put themselves down and not able to take praise easily. Earlier in life circumstances may have meant that keeping "hidden" in this way may have been an important survival strategy for their younger self in managing adverse childhood experiences. However unconsciously keeping hidden may result in limiting that person's potential as an adult

We hold these beliefs outside of our awareness or unconsciously and over time they become deeply embedded with part of our unconscious systems still believing in the presence of the earlier threat. As a consequence it can be difficult to make changes by ourselves. " its like the eye trying to see its self" This is where having a safe place to explore and be supported with a qualified experienced psychotherapist can help.

I will support you in exploring your beliefs, deciding what changes you want to make and help you find ways to put these into action. For example, this might mean being supported in developing a better relationship with yourself which then enables you to build better relationships with others

Offering Psychotherapy and Counselling near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, I am accessible from many towns in South Buckinghamshire, including Amersham, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury, Chesham, Wendover, Princes Risborourgh, Stokenchurch , Gerrards Cross and the Chalfonts as well as from Thame, Maidenhead, Slough, Farnham Commom, Hemel Hempstead and Oxford.
please note:
This includes Counselling and Psychotherapy either online or by telephone in these areas until such time as it is safe to resume face to face working.

Thank you for visiting, I look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards,

Psychotherapist and Counsellor,
High Wycombe,

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