Dr David Araci
I have worked in the NHS since 2013 offering psychological support for people across the lifespan, from young children to older adults. Prior to this I worked within a neuro rehabilitation centre, working with adults who had suffered Acquired Brain Injury. I have experience in a variety of settings including hospitals and community teams working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, personality disorder, OCD, self-criticism and chronic pain. I currently work in an NHS community setting with adults who have complex and enduring mental health difficulties.
Meeting a new therapist can feel like a daunting prospect, so I value building a supportive and collaborative relationship from the start. I am highly passionate about working together with someone, to make sense of what’s got them stuck and exploring ways to get unstuck. It is important for you to feel comfortable and secure with me as we work together to help make sense of what is going on for you and, importantly, ways to get out of the stuckness. Therapy can be hard, but together we will work towards you reaching your goals. This may be by getting a clearer understanding of what is going on for you, or learning and practicing new skills, or developing insights and building on new perspectives.
The Models I Work With
I work with a range of psychological therapies and we can discuss during our first appointment which may be most helpful for you. I mainly work with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) models. Once we understand your difficulties and your goals we can explore which approach would be the best fit for you. These models can be used in their pure form or integrated in a way that suits your needs.
I currently hold a clinic in Southampton and offer face to face appointments on Thursday evenings and virtual appointments Monday-Wednesday evenings. I work with people from 18 years upwards.
Training and Qualifications
DBT essentials and DBT Up to Speed, 2014
Teaching clients how to use mindfulness skills, 2014
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2015 – 2018
MSc Research Methods in Psychology, 2011 – 2012
BSc (hons) Psychology, 2007 – 2010
Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL35979