David Keighley left his full time counselling practice over 30 years ago to train as an Anglican priest, as he became increasingly aware that psychological answers alone were not meeting the long-term needs of the people consulting him and many short-term psychological approaches had limited benefit. Although now retired from parish ministry he had combined his role as a parish priest, and hospital chaplain, with work as a counsellor and trainer. The unique 'Fast Therapy' programme he has developed during his extensive career is available on the retreats now being offered. He has a great belief in his clients ability to make progress despite the fact that many have tried to deal with their issues in the past without success. Not focusing on the past is universally appreciated by clients wishing to move forward and make new starts. He now works full-time as Director / therapist at 'Therapy Retreats'.
His experience in counselling has included a number of clinical and teaching posts. As a qualified teacher he has taught in the Adolescent Crisis Unit at a Hertfordshire psychiatric hospital as well as state and special schools. His adult teaching posts have included teaching counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy at post-graduate medical centres in Devon and Cornwall; tutor to RAF staff for ‘Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome’ counselling during Gulf War I and tutor in spirituality, counselling & personal growth at Exeter University. He has worked as a therapist at the Obesity Unit of Addenbrookes Hospital, as a NHS practice counsellor and provider of psychological services and as therapist at the Wellingborough (Northants) and Peverell (Plymouth) Centres for Psychotherapy. He has been a therapist at the Crown Heights & Camrose NHS Medical Centre's in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
"The retreat from start to finish is for couples that truthfully are there to really work. The outcomes and rewrads reflect the work put in. Very pleased with content as the programme was flexible and tailored to meet our needs. We would highly recommend David."
Brian and Rebecca, Somerset. July 2016
"Completely changed my mindset from the negative to the positive by giving my overworked brain the time and space to heal itself. Combined with David's excellent common sense approach that also explains the science behind our minds working, this gives a fresh start feeling that anything is possible - which of course it is!"
Rosie, Wiltshire. March 2016
"Amazing experience. Straight to the point. Tackled the issue head-on, no going round. This is exactly what we needed. So pleased we went ahead with it."
Claudia and Gavin, London, March 2016
"Arrived hopeless, left with a completely new sense of hope and optimism. Wonderful and life-affirming."
James and Effie, London, February 2016
"We cannot recommend this retreat too highly or find a better way of investing in your relationship. So, in summary, 'Don't get divorced; get David'."
Richard & Sarah, Midlands. January 2016
"The weekend has opened our eyes to where our relationship went wrong, and then brought us together again. David is able to see the wood for the trees and make sense of an overwhelming amount of information to help you get to the heart of the problem. No beating about the bush - straight to the point!"
Michael & Vanya, London, January 2016
"3 days with David has totally changed our perspective and offered solutions to issues previously thought insurmountable. Recommend wholeheartedly."
Matthew & Catty, January 2016
"Our only regret is not coming to David sooner. What a difference just a few days can make. Thank you for giving me back my husband". "We would unreservedly recommend 'Therapy Retreats' to anyone experiencing relationship issues. Keep up the good work. Found it far better than 'Relate' counselling."
Jackie & Claude, Hampshire. December 2015
"Rewiring your brain never seemed so simple....but so necessary. Recommend without hesitation!"
"Dear David, We want to thank you very much for our retreat. This was a watershed for both of us - we have continued to practise your techniques, even taken up meditating for 30 minutes most days, using co-counselling when we feel the need and both of us have sped up the process of letting go. We find ourselves, now, in a much happier and more harmonious place and look forward to 2014 with great anticipation. Thank you very much for a most effective counselling experience"
Peter and Ann, London. December 2013
He studied psychological medicine under Dr Tilleard-Cole at the Oxford Institute of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy under Professor Paul Salkovis. In his clinical practice he has specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. In 2015 he studied IBCT (Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy) under Professor Andrew Christensen, UCLA and in 2016 CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) under Professor Paul Gilbert. He is a member of a number of professional bodies and a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), a Senior Accredited Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists (MNCP), registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) in Hypnotherapy, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (MNCH), a Counselling UK registered counsellor and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, (BABCP). When working in London he sees clients in Wimpole Street.
As well as using contemporary, evidence-based psychological approaches, he integrates spirituality into the programmes to enhance efficacy. On the spiritual dimension he combines the theology of Christianity (he is also a Tertiary of the Franciscan Third Order) with the philosophy, psychological insights and practice of Buddhism, originally learnt on his own sabbatical study retreat at the Shinmeizan Centre for Interreligious Dialogue in Japan. http://www.shinmeizan.com He is in sympathy with the view held by some monks and priests that there is one thing better than being either a Buddhist or a Christian, and that is to be both. Buddhism must take account of Western culture and Western culture needs to understand Buddhist wisdom. David’s philosophy is that therapy should be a truly healing experience that helps people move forward with a greater self-awareness and understanding of why negative and destructive life choices are made, and how they can be removed to allow positive and permanent changes for the better. Many of his agnostic and atheist clients are delighted to find his spiritual approach is not traditionally 'religious'.
In March 2016 David launched his personal therapy programme called 'Instant Image Therapy' (IIT). This programme unites a wide range of evidence-based techniques and approaches and includes his special 'Fast Therapy' and 'Time Therapy' concepts. This is the therapy which he has developed over nearly four decades of clinical practice and refined over the past seven years to become the unique programme he is able to offer to his clients today. It is an integral part of his popular "Save Your Marriage In Three Days" retreat, responses to which may be read in the many glowing testimonials. A book about this therapy will be available later in 2017. David also offers a 'Maintenance Contract' if required following a retreat, which enables him to ensure clients progress is maintained as the new habits become fully established.
2016 was an exceptionally busy year and produced a lot of international and UK interest in David's private and individually led therapy retreats at our country cottage venues. So far in 2017 there is an increasing demand for, and interest in, his unique "Save Your Marriage In Three Days" retreat, the effectiveness of which can be seen on the testimonials page. At these private retreats David can address a wide range of personal and emotional issues with a specific and highly effective programme which can range from two days to a full week. Do contact him for more information about these popular and very effective retreats.
All clients who have attended these retreats have noticed a positive change in mindset and optimism for the future during the time of the retreat as his many testimonials bear witness see above or visit our testimonials page.