David & Rebecca Downes

Our Passion

We create and inspire positive change not only in our own lives but in the lives of others. This in itself is extremely rewarding to us. We seek meaningful work; as we want to make a genuine difference.

In our busy everyday lives, everyone has problems which they need to learn to overcome.  Talking Therapy provides a valuable assistance to those in emotional need. When stress occurs in life, people often elect to speak to a counsellor / therapist to give them direction, support and guidance.

In doing what we do best, we offer hope in times of adversity, meaning and give real tools, to help real people in a real world.

David Downes

Born: Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK in childhood.

Relaxed friendly Irish approach really works for his clients.

Working life:

  • Royal Navy – submarines (intelligence/communications). Long tours at sea providing a first insight and strong awareness of human psychological capability in demanding circumstances.
  • On leaving the Navy, he founded a startup IT business based in the North West, leading to the employment of 115 colleagues located in 6 locations, before its eventual sale in the late 90’s.
  • During this time he acquired his CAA & FAA Pilot’s License.    
  • Retrained in 2007, as a Counselling Psychotherapist.
  • Four years work experience within the NHS at two North West based NHS Trusts/Health Boards.
  • College lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Corporate  &  Private Practice since 2011, providing  talking  therapies,  resilience  coaching,  critical  incident  stress  debriefing and clinical supervision.
  • Supporting  GP’s,  Private  Healthcare  &  EAP  Providers,  Medical  legal  insurers,  Solicitors  and  Self-Referrals.

Rebecca Downes

Born: Cheltenham, before moving to the North West in childhood.

Genuinely an empathic listener with a calming presence.

Working life:

  • Formal business background in recruitment and strategic human resource management.
  • Previously worked commercially with start-up companies, non-profit, as well as global brands’ supporting organisations and their employees undergoing transitional change.
  • Her natural disposition to share her passion for developing and fostering relationships with people of all ages, lead her to change career.
  • Retrained in 2008, as a Counselling Psychotherapist.
  • Four years work  experience  within the NHS at two North West based NHS Trusts/Health Boards.
  • Corporate  &  Private Practice since 2011, providing  talking  therapies,  resilience  coaching,  critical  incident  stress  debriefing  and clinical supervision.
  • Supporting  GP’s,  Private  Healthcare  &  EAP  Providers,  Medical  legal  insurers,  Solicitors  and  Self-Referrals.

David Downes  

 Rebecca Downes  


Our commitment

Our  commitment  to continuing professional development (CPD) ensures, we continue to be competent in our profession.   For us it’s an ongoing process and shouldn’t be underestimated,  as it is a career-long obligation for us as practicing professionals.  Ultimately it safeguards our clients, profession and our professional career’s.

Our training

Since completing our initial formal Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy training over ten  years  ago.  We continued to develop our skills in Cognitive Behvioural Therapy at University.  As well as completing a one year course in Clinical Supervision.

In addition to being trained by two ex-President’s from the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland in EMDR Therapy.   With further accredited training with EMDR Europe in Children & Adolescents. 

Other CPD &  accredited training activities included; Trauma, Dissociation, EGO State, Feeling State Addiction Protocol, Image Transformation Therapy,  Critial  Incident  Stress  Debriefing  and  Licensed  HeartMath  Resilience  Coaching.  

Our Approach

We are not qualified medical doctor’s and are therefore unable to provide diagnosis/advice services in support of any medical condition. However, in seeking to design a treatment program for any given client, a formulation of the clients presenting symptoms, supported by psychometrics collected, is used in developing a working hypothesis.  

Such an hypothesis is further supported by the criteria’s as set out in the International Classification of Diseases – 11th Revision (ICD-11), and/or the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edition (DSM-V). In session, we deliver treatments based upon the Biological, Psychological and Socialogic model of a clients presentation (BioPsychoSocial).  

Although not medically qualified, we might express an opinion based upon many years of experience working with clients.  Especially, as to how the client might alleviate their symptoms based upon the BiopPsychoSocial model.  Such opinions are just that and it is entirely a matter for the client to discuss such opinions with their GP.

Therapy isn’t easy and can be, at times distressing for a client.  Coming from an integrative trained backgrounds.  We may use an eclectic blend of different styles of approaches.  Especially with what we believe or feel’s our experience tells us will work best. Either in general or suiting the often immediate needs of our clients.  Whilst working within our own preferences and capabilities as practitioners.

Therapy & Models


Our Standards

Our passion and determination ensures that we remain at the leading edge of our profession whilst supporting adults, couples, children and adolescents.  As experienced occupational psychotherapists, we have been professionally trained, and today actively work in line with:

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • British Associate for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • EMDR Association UK and Ireland (EMDR)
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.inc. (ICISF)
  • Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Whilst receiving  regular clinical supervision to ensure the highest quality of service is maintained.

What’s Next?

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Pathways of referrals

  • Self-referral
  • GP
  • Employer
  • Occupational Health
  • Human Resource
  • Educational Sectors
  • Medical Insurance
  • Private Healthcare
  • Social Services
  • Solicitors
  • Court

What we do

– CBT Psychotherapy
– ImTT
– Integrative Counselling

– Learn to reduce stress
– Build resilience
– Reduce Heart Disease
– Transform & enhance life
– Change heart rhythm
– Science-based technology

– Business Consulting
– Performance Coaching
– Workplace Counselling (EAP)
– Redundancy Counselling
– Workplace Mediation
– Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

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May 5, 2016

After being disappointed with a previous therapist, I was referred to Rebecca; I cannot praise her enough, her kindness, understanding and professionalism, as well as being extremely empathetic. She was able to get to the heart of my problem really quickly, made me realise what I needed to do to put myself in a better place. I am now much more secure and in a happy place. I would like to thank her for her help.