About The Pelican Practice Therapy and Counselling

The Pelican Practice is me, Daniel Sylvester, and the other trusted therapists, counsellors and support people I work with to make sure you get the right care and support. I’m an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, which is endorsed by the professional standards authority.

I trained at the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education in London. I’m not a big fan of jargon, but if you’re interested in the technical stuff, I hold a Diploma Certificate in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapy. ‘Integrative’ covers a range of talk-based therapies.

My approach is:

transpersonal – which means I respond to you as a whole person – your emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual selves;
integrative – which means I have a full toolbox of therapy types and theories, and can select the ones that suit you best;
solution-focused – which means working with you to find practical ways to make and maintain change in your life.

What all this means for you is therapy tailored to your needs, responsive to who you are as a person, and where you are in your journey.

Therapy models I work with include:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
Humanistic therapy
Existential therapy
Gestalt
Transactional Analysis (TA)

My goals in working with you

I’ll work to build a relationship with you based on honesty, trust and care, without judgement or false promises.

My goal is to guide you back to an authentic sense of yourself, to freedom from the dishonesty and destruction of addiction, and to a new sense of connection and meaning in your life, through connection with self, others, the natural world or the spiritual world.

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I offer therapy tailored to your needs
and where you are in your journey.

Why ‘Pelican’?

In ancient art and philosophy, the pelican is a symbol of love, social responsibility, self-sacrifice and resurrection. An old legend said that a mother pelican fed her young from a self-inflicted wound on her breast.

Recovery from addiction involves a kind of self-sacrifice: the willingness to confront and endure pain, to change your old beliefs and habits, and to sacrifice them to build a stronger self. In therapy, you’re your own parent pelican, nourishing yourself to strength and new life.