David Humeniuk, Red Earth Counselling

About me

I first experienced counselling in my mid-20s, when I began to suspect that difficult feelings I was experiencing were actually rooted in events in my childhood.  I found the experience of counselling transformational; there I was, spending an hour each week with someone who simply listened to me, apparently without judging me, regardless of what I told him.  He helped me to recognise where I had developed fixed ways of thinking that were self-defeating.  I found myself saying things out loud that until that point had been repeated thoughts, many of them self-punishing.  I felt respected. Heard. Liberated.

The experience of being counselled led me to decide that I wanted to be a counsellor myself.  At that time I was working in homelessness hostels in London, seeing evidence that I was able to help people to make material changes to their circumstances – but I recognised that as a counsellor I could be helping people to make more fundamental changes.  I knew that I wanted to have a far better understanding of myself before entering training; after 16 more years working in supported housing and after much further personal therapy, I began my training.

Who am I now?  I think I know myself quite well, but I recognise that I will always have more to learn.  I aim to be as accepting of my strengths and talents as I am of my flaws and short-comings.  I love to dance, laugh, bake bread and throw pots.  I’m not keen on marzipan.

Contact

e: david@redearthcounselling.co.uk

mb: 07517 383 893

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Totnes

Little Priory Offices
Fore St
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 5NJ

Exeter

Studio One
23 Southernhay West
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1PR

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