David Bridges

CCAA Clinical / Supervisor

M Counselling, Grad Cert Emotionally Focused Therapy, B Counselling, B Sc

David has been professionally counselling since 1996. His special passion is helping couples with complex histories and backgrounds. He works with highly abusive relationships and domestic violence, and empowers individuals working through past trauma, mental health and sexuality/gender issues. David has lectured in counselling courses, and provides clinical supervision.
 
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Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Registration with ARCAP, PACFA and CCAA
  • Accredited Clinical Supervisor with PACFA and CCAA

Areas of Counselling Practice

Couples Counselling

  • Affairs – working through discovery and rebuilding trust
  • Communication, conflict resolution, trust issues
  • Complex, traumatic, or unresolved past issues
  • Differences in expectations and personalities
  • Differences in family, cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Divorce and separation counselling, mediation, parenting plans
  • Domestic violence, Probation and Parole
  • Emotional and sexual intimacy
  • Losing love and connection
  • Pre-marital preparation & counselling (Prepare/Enrich)
  • Relationships impacted by complex trauma histories
  • Step family and parenting issues

Clinical/Ministry Supervision

  • Clinical supervision for students and professional counsellors
  • Supervision, support and accountability for Christian leaders

Mental Health, Grief and Trauma

  • Addictions eg internet, social media, pornography, gambling
  • Adult mental health issues, anxiety, depression
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Coping with emotions
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Grief & loss
  • Men’s issues
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Same-sex attraction
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Transgender issues and gender dysphoria

Other

  • Career counselling, life coaching, workplace issues
  • Skype counselling

How I Approach Counselling and Psychotherapy

My approach to counselling consists of:
  • Truly valuing and understanding my client’s struggles
  • Helping clients process emotional struggles safely
  • Leading to new perspectives, greater self-understanding, changed relationship dynamics, and empowerment
  • Using the lenses of mutuality and vulnerability in working with couples
I accomplish this largely through an integrated systemic and emotionally focused therapy model, informed by a broad background in a variety of counselling and psychological models and theories.
 
Clients will receive professional and competent service, and be treated with respect. Confidentiality and privacy will be maintained at all times.

Details

Category
Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor
Individuals
Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Emotional & Physical Abuse, Emotional Crisis, Grief, Loss, Trauma, Healthy Boundaries, Life Transitions, Relationships, Self Esteem, Sexual Issues, Stress Management
Couples/Marriage
Affairs, Trust Issues, Emotional Crisis, Family Conflict, Pre-Marriage, Separation Issues, Mediation
Families
Communication, Mediation
Gender
Male Counsellor
Other Categories
Skype