David Lewis works both in private practice and, part-time, in the UK National Health Service (NHS). He is a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is also an accredited mediator for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
David went to University College London to read Art History and Anthropology. He then moved to Moscow where he worked at the Her Majesty’s Embassy. In 1995 David returned to Western Europe to complete a ‘stage’ at the European Commission in Brussels. It was during this time that David first became interested in psychotherapy. When he returned to London for a year in 1997 he enrolled on the modular foundation course at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s College. Although David had to return to the continent for work in 1998, this time to Luxembourg, he kept up his interest in psychotherapy. When he returned to live in London in 2004 he was accepted on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s College. After completing his Post-Graduate Diploma, David went on to study on the Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, also at Regent’s College.
David Lewis’s psychotherapeutic work is based upon Heideggerian ideas. He is particularly interested in the concept of ‘care’, and how to care for his clients in the ‘right way’: In Heideggerian language, this amounts to being aware of when to leap in or leap ahead for clients. Although David places greater value on the authentic leap ahead, he maintains that there are circumstances when a leap in is the only option.