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Duncan Neil Turnbull





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Type of Practitioner

Integrative Counselling Practitioner specialising in Addictions, LGBTQ+ issues, Anxiety, Stress and Depression.

Short Profile Description

I am a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist and I have been in private practice for the past 7 years. I have worked within the NHS and at Turning Point which specialises in helping men and women of all ages and backgrounds overcome addiction.
I am currently a volunteer caseworker with SSAFA (the armed forces charity) providing support and advice to eligible individuals who are recognised as vulnerable adults requiring well-being and emotional support.
I have experience of working with ethnic and sexual minority groups on short and long-term contracts including the LGBTQ+ community in which I play an active part.
I work using an integrative approach combining the core therapies of person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tailored to individual needs.
I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space for my clients to explore their difficulties. I will not advise or tell you what to do, but will guide and help you to make the right choices in your life and to gain greater self-awareness.
I pride myself on my down-to-earth, honest and open approach.

Contact Details

Practice Website

Phone Number

+44 07515 950602

Detailed Profile Description

About Me: Philosophy

Upon leaving school I joined the Royal Navy and served almost 10 years which included active service in the Falkland Islands during the South Atlantic campaign in 1982, witnessing some horrific sights that led to my own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an issue that I am now able to help others deal with through therapy using my own experience to inform my work.
I am an openly gay therapist who in the latter years of military service was questioned about his sexuality, as at that time it was still illegal to be gay in the British Armed Forces, although the charge against me could not be proven I decided to leave the forces to protect my pension and honour that sadly would have been taken away from me should I have been proven gay. The subsequent scrutiny and suspicion I was victim of had become too much to bear.
I then joined Rank Outsiders a group formed of those from all ranks and services of the British forces who had bee dishonourably discharged or had to leave because of their sexuality, as a group we campaigned to have the ban lifted on LGBTQ+ personnel serving in the armed forces. I shared my story on the BBC2 'close up north' programme which included a lively studio debate.
I have also suffered homophobic abuse and been a victim of hate crime both mentally and physically and this has enabled me to understand the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, plus acknowledging the difficulties that same sex relationships can harvest from both within and from external pressures. I understand the issues of 'fitting in' to society, and that 'coming out' to other family members and friends can be very difficult and stressful and not forgetting the individual struggles with identity and sexuality.
I have also worked as a retail manager for the now defunct Maplin Electronics, manging several stores in London demanding roles which brought their own levels of workplace stress, enabling me to understand the pressures faced in target driven organisations.
Lastly I spent 15 years working in the security industry as a security manager at Microsoft, Rolls Royce, the Cabinet Office of central government in Whitehall, Prudential in the city of London and finally a shopping centre in east London all with different challenges, long hours and witnessing and working through some very stressful and distressing situations.
I decided to take up counselling in 2007 to effectively give something back, knowing how it had helped me through some difficult times and life events.
My reward is to see a person change or turn their lives around with my help and guidance.

About Me: Approach

My approach is working Integratively, combining the core therapies of person centred, psychodynamic and behavioural tailored to individual client needs.

About Me: Qualifications and Experience

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I worked within the NHS as an honorary Counsellor at Melbourne Grove Medical Practice, East Dulwich. Here I helped patients with an array of different issues ranging from anxiety, stress, depression, bullying, sexual identity and sexual issues, childhood abuse, LGBTQ+ issues and many other presented problems.
At Turning Point, I worked with men and women of all ages with drug and alcohol addiction and the very complex and traumatic issues surrounding those addictions.
Currently, I’m a caseworker with SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) providing support and advice to eligible individuals who are recognised as vulnerable adults requiring wellbeing and emotional support within the definitions of the Care Act 2014.

Fees and Availability


Each Session lasts for 50 minutes.
Individual therapy is £100 per session. Online therapy is £50 per session. I offer a concessionary rate of £50 to students


I practice at the Box Tree Clinic at the following times: Wednesday – 17.00 to 22.00
Appointments can also be booked at:

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