dave petch counsellor and psychotherapist
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Dave Petch, MSc, BSc (Hons) AP APM
MBACP (Registered)

Dave Petch, MSc, BSc (Hons) AP APM MBACP (Registered)

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and of the Addiction Professionals Registration Body and Network (AP APM) and as such, abide by their ethical framework and principles. I attend regular and ongoing professional supervision and training to ensure I am up to date, both with current practices and ethical standards.

I am based in Derby city centre and offer short term counselling or long-term psychotherapy to individuals over 16 years of age.

The experiences we have early in our lives can often impact our view of the world and ourselves as adults. We may place unhealthy expectations on ourselves or view ourselves in an overly negative light. I can offer you a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental environment in which I can help you to achieve the goals you set yourself at the start of our journey together.

As an integrative psychotherapist I have trained within three different modalities; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory and Person-Centred Therapy.  However, I also utilise techniques from other schools of counselling such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Gestalt Therapy and Schema Therapy.  This allows me to specifically tailor the most effective course of counselling for you.


  • MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. [BACP Accredited]
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. [BACP Accredited]
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. [BACP Accredited]
  • BSc Psychology (Hons). [BPS Accredited]
  • Training at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (a franchised partner of the University of Bath).
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Addiction Specialist

My specialist area is working with addiction, both substances and behavioural, and in addition to my private practice, I have worked in several substance misuse and alcohol services in Derby, helping individuals make the transition from addiction into recovery.

I have worked in an aftercare service in Derby, helping with the maintenance of recovery and relapse prevention, for people that have recently left an addictions treatment centre or detox unit. I have been working within the addictions field for the last six years and have particular interest in working with substance misuse and addiction issues and also clients who may be struggling in their recovery.

I am an advanced practitioner of the Addiction Professionals Registration Body and Network (AP APM).

I have experience and knowledge surrounding several different models of addiction treatment and believe there is no one size fits all when it comes to recovery.  Everybody’s journey is subjective to them and I can help you to find what works for you.

I have also worked for various counselling services within Derby city centre, working with clients presenting with a wide range of mental health issues and also specifically working in a service for clients presenting with eating disorders.

I currently work for the mental health charity MIND and am subcontracted to the NHS in a non – IAPT counselling role and work for a homeless project in Derby City centre called Safe Space, delivering counselling sessions to entrenched rough sleeps. Within SafeSpace I also work on a project called ByMySide delivering bespoke training to the staff on the project and also counselling to entrenched rough sleepers suffering from addictions.


Dave was really good and helped me through my time of struggle, with a friendly approach to the sessions it made me feel comfortable and made it easier to share which allowed an easier more comfortable way of therapy. Best therapist could have asked for.

Male ClientAged 20’s

The first national coronavirus lockdown to a huge toll on my mental health.  I had slipped back into negative thinking patterns and behaviours and was developing a serious issue with drinking and drugs.  With Dave’s guidance, I am now clean and sober and have tools to stay that way and withstand the personal and professional challenges lockdown #2 will inevitably present.  I would like to take this chance to thank Dave for his invaluable support and wish him all the best for the future.

Male ClientAged 30’s

Comforting and safe to talk to. Helpful advice, including book recommendations and advice. Flexible sessions and arrangements. Overall, would recommend.

Male ClientAged 30’s

Dave was very personable to begin with and it helped as we went along this counselling journey, we had a lot of similar interests which helped forged a good relationship. I felt Dave asked the right questions to get me to think and reflect alongside recommending some very helpful tools that will assist me moving forward on my journey of self-improvement. The best thing about Dave was, I did not feel judged at all or that he came across in a judgmental way. Thanks Dave, for the support and for listening, I’ve taken a lot away and I feel more confident that I have the tools at my disposal to deal with situations better.

Female ClientAged 40’s

Dave Petch has been an excellent support and guide over the past weeks.  He was able to get me to see and approach my anxiety in new ways.  The meetings were always with purpose, and I felt I left each meeting with positive actions.

Male ClientAged 50’s