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David Bridges

Director of Bridges Counselling

Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, PACFA Reg. Clinical

M Counselling, Grad Cert Emotionally Focused Therapy, B Counselling, Dip Ed, 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.

$170 per hour session

Areas of Counselling Practice

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Addictions including gambling and sexual-related addictions
  • Anxiety including OCD, panic attacks and stress management
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Transgender issues, gender dysphoria
  • Trauma, past and present, including PTSD

Couples Counselling

  • Affairs – working through the discovery and rebuilding trust
  • Communication issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Complex, traumatic or unresolved past issues
  • Different expectations – personal, family and cultural
  • Domestic violence couples
  • Losing love and connection
  • Pre-marital preparation and counselling (Prepare-Enrich)
  • Parenting and stepfamilies issues
  • Same-sex counselling
  • Separation and divorce counselling
  • Sexual problems

Other

  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Career counselling
  • Coping with emotions
  • Communication
  • Counselling for pastors and ministry leaders
  • Grief and loss
  • Life coaching
  • Life and work transitions
  • Men’s issues
  • Relationship issues including same-sex attraction
  • Self-esteem
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Student issues
  • Workplace-related issues

Supervision

  • Clinical supervision for student and professional counsellors
  • Supervision or mentoring for pastors and Christian leaders

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.

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Registration with ARCAP, PACFA, CCAA
  • Clinical Supervisor – CCAA

Fees

My fee is $170 per hour.

If you are having are financial difficulties, concessions may be available.

Internet payments to BSB: 062 339 – Acct No: 1049 5425

Ring us and we will offer you a choice of counsellors or psychologists qualified and experienced for your situation.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Pychologist Bodies

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