Psychotherapist and Counsellor: David Carvalho

Saturday appointments available

I offer my service as a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist and BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor.  I also practice as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner and Couple Counsellor.David Carvalho

In addition to my private practice, I work for the NHS, treating people with psychological difficulties such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety and specific phobias.

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).


I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and an associate member of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (BEFT).

Below is a summary of the approaches which underpin my practice, you may find these present in our therapy sessions together.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

My CBT practice is based on psychological therapies that have proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive disorders.  This means that during therapy we will explore how your thinking patterns, affect how you feel emotionally and behave, whilst working towards alternative ways to enable you to enhance your mood.  The overall aim is to facilitate you in becoming your own therapist.  This is achieved in a warm and empathic manner where I provide a safe non-judgmental atmosphere.  I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, taking the time to find the most helpful and effective way of working with you.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

I have clinical experience of using EMDR with complex problems.  EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of traumatic life experiences.  EMDR works directly on the brain where traumatic experiences are frozen and often inaccessible to the conscious mind. The ultimate aim of the treatment is to work through the suppressed distressful emotions linked with the traumatic experience and to dismantle and reconstruct the negative self-beliefs developed as a result of the traumatic experience.  In the case of a single trauma sustained in adulthood, there will be 1 or 2 assessment sessions, followed by 1 or 2 sessions discussing and preparing for EMDR treatment, followed by at least 2 or 3 treatment sessions.  The number of actual treatment sessions depends on the nature and number of distressing memories or complexity of the problem.

Couples Counselling

My work with couples focus on communication difficulties and intimacy issues within the relationship.  I provide a safe space where you can focus on your relationship and work together to find a way forward for yourselves.  With professional support, you can learn to communicate more clearly with each other, explore patterns in your relationship, shift blockages and try out new ways of being together.

My approach to couple counselling is focused on adult attachment and emotionally focused couple’s therapy (EFT).  EFT is a change process that facilitates movement from distress to recovery by transforming negative cycles of interaction into safe emotional connection between intimate partners.  Based on the science of emotions and attachment theory as well as humanistic and systemic theories, EFT has a high success rate in achieving secure, resilient relationships in couples and in helping people to flexibly manage their emotional experience


Training, Qualifications & Experience

During my training I undertook varied specialist placements working with childhood trauma, counselling services within university, statutory, voluntary and community based projects.  I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP, BABCP, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, Marriage Care and undertake ongoing

Continuing Professional Development.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Richman EMDR training. (Parts 1-3: fully approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E): University of Exeter

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): BABCP accredited: University of Exeter

Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BACP accredited): University of South Wales

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling ( BACP accredited):University of South Wales

BA (Hons) Community Justice/Diploma in Probation Studies: University of South Wales

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology: University of South Wales

Postgraduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (endorsed by BACP): Marriage care

Memberships and Insurance

BACP – 717193

BABCP – 130025

EMDR Ireland & UK – C0349

Holistic Insurance Services


The fee for ongoing appointments is £50 per session for individuals and £60 per session for couples/EMDR.  I work both short term and long term with clients.  Sessions are payable at the end of each session by cash or prior to sessions via bank transfer.

I offer a limited number of low cost sessions for those who are in receipt of benefits or earn under £16,000 annually.

Sessions take place on the same day and at the same time each week.  Sessions for individuals last for 50 minutes and for couples for 60 minutes.  Longer sessions can be arranged.

Cancellation Policy: Wherever possible I will try and accommodate requests to reschedule appointments.  However, the full fee will be charged for appointments that are cancelled less than 7 days before the appointment.

Contact Information:

Mobile:  07964 381 486