The Horsforth Centre

David Willetts

Counselling and PsychotherapyDavid Willetts

David offers counselling and psychotherapy as a Transactional Analysis psychotherapist in advanced clinical training, and has 5 years of experience.  David has worked with people from a wide range of backgrounds and difficulties, including sexual and physical abuse, refugees and people seeking asylum, as well as people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.
David works with couples and individuals, and is interested in working with couples to resolve conflict, as well as with individuals experiencing anxiety. 
David places the key values and beliefs of Transactional Analysis at the heart of his work: that everyone has intrinsic worth, has strengths they can use, can think about their situation and make new decisions, and can change and develop.  From these, David’s approach is to work with you to understand and deal with whatever is stopping you living as you’d like to.  He offers a commitment to helping you to find a way forward that works for you.  Empathy and understanding underpin all of his work, as does a recognition of the challenge that anyone faces when dealing with the prospect of significant change. 


David’s first degree was in Psychology, followed by a subsequent practice-based degree in Psychological and Social Interventions, using cognitive-behavioural approaches with people experiencing psychosis.  He is now in advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis, and a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis).  

Professional background

David offered counselling and psychotherapy in private practice since 2012.  David also works as a trainer for Samaritans, helping private and public sector organisations respond effectively to vulnerable patients and customers, to reduce the risk of suicide.  He also delivers a range of mental health and wellbeing-related courses, including internationally recognised courses such as Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST).  From 2012 to 2017, David worked as a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, with mental health and adult health nurses, and with counselling certificate and diploma students developing listening and counselling skills.  He still occasionally lectures at the university.  Prior to this, from 2003, David worked in the voluntary sector, with people recovering from severe and enduring mental health problems.  

How long does each session last?

Sessions with David last 55 minutes for individuals and couples.
How to Contact David

Contacting David Willetts is simple. To have a chat about what your requirements might be, or to book an initial consultation, you can phone him or contact him by

Tel: 07586 322048

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