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Dr. David Purves
Registered Counselling Psychologist in Reading

Registered Counselling Psychologist David Purves

Consulting Rooms (by appointment)

Berkshire House, 252-256 Kings Road

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings


Professional Titles

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) with a Specialism in Psychotherapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist


Counselling, Psychology and Psychotherapy in Reading

  • Individual 90 - 60 minutes
  • Couple 120 - 60 minutes
  • Family 160 - 80 minutes
Payment Methods Accepted: Bank Transfer, Cash, Cheque, Paypal
Languages: English

Issues Covered

  • Anger
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress


  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Groupama Healthcare
  • PruHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA



More Detail

Over 16 Years Post-Chartership Experience

Hello. I'm David Purves. I'm a chartered and registered counselling psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist - I help individuals, couples and families with their emotional wellbeing. I have private sector experience as a counselling psychologist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist.

What to Expect

An introductory assessment meeting helps you to see if you are comfortable with me, share what worries you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and assess if therapy could assist you. Please use a contact option on the right to book an initial assessment meeting in Reading.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT concentrates on how your thoughts influence your feelings and actions. It identifies and addresses unhelpful ideas which maintain the issues you encounter. The objective of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and emotions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) suggests cognitive behavioural therapy for anorexia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), bipolar disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), bulimia nervosa, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME), depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.


Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You decide what matter concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you explore. The objective of counselling is to help you to talk about a problem and discover a way forward which is right for you.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy combines therapies to fit your preferences and the problems you encounter. It considers your subjective experiences and choices. The aim of integrative therapy is to help you advance your self-understanding.


Psychology is interested in you and your thoughts, feelings and actions. It offers you psychological treatments and mental wellbeing support. An objective of psychological therapy is to help you ease symptoms.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the difficulties you face. It explores your ideas, emotions and significant events in your history. Psychotherapy intends to help you change or discover appropriate methods of managing.

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

SFT focuses on finding answers for the issues you encounter. It examines what helps you, and which actions you could make to effect change. The intention of solution focused therapy is to help you know and use your own strengths.

Clinical Qualifications

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist since July 2010
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist since March 2010
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist since March 2000
  • BPS Accredited Post Graduate Diploma
    Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT) - Adults
    British Psychological Society (BPS) Leicester (UK)

I abide by the Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Reading, Earley, Caversham, Whitley, Woodley, Play Hatch, Emmer Green, Sonning Eye, Dunsden Green, Lower Earley, Sonning, Pingewood, Chalkhouse Green, Tokers Green, Sandford, Shinfield, Charvil, Chazey Heath, Three Mile Cross, Ryeish Green

Nearest Train Stations

  • Reading (0.9 miles)
  • Reading West (1.6 miles)
  • Earley (1.8 miles)
  • Winnersh Triangle (2.9 miles)
  • Tilehurst (3.7 miles)
  • Winnersh (3.7 miles)
  • Twyford (4.2 miles)
  • Wargrave (4.6 miles)
  • Shiplake (5.1 miles)
  • Theale (5.3 miles)

Wheelchair access: Yes

Updated 06 September 2016