My Experience

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.

In my private practice, I offer psychological therapy to adults of working age. I specialise in working with individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, overwhelming emotions and people recovering from trauma. I see therapy as a joint venture, and I aim to work alongside you as we make sense of your experiences and find ways to better manage your difficulties. I understand how difficult it can be to seek therapy so for me it is important to develop a collaborative and empathic relationship to help you feel safe to work through difficulties in a way that feels manageable.

My Values

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, make steps towards living a fulfilling life. 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.

Clinic Information

I currently hold a clinic in Southampton and offer face to face appointments on Wednesday or Thursday evenings and virtual appointments Monday-Friday evenings. I work with people from 18 years upwards.

Training and Qualifications

  • ACT for worry, rumination and obsessions, 2021
  • ACT: working with complexity, 2021
  • Compassion Focused Therapy for trauma, 2020
  • Depression: A compassionate view, 2019
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2018
  • 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

Professional Registration

Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL35979

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP): 00021977

Contact David


Phone: 073555 04134

David Araci

Clinical Psychologist