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Dr David Purves – Psychologist and CBT Therapist in Reading, Berkshire

Clinical Director of the Berkshire Psychology Service

Clinical Director, Dr David Purves, is a psychologist in Reading, Berkshire with a first class D. Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford. He is also qualified as a psychotherapist, is an accredited CBT therapist and Chartered Scientist.

Dr Purves’ other academic qualifications include a first class degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and a Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from LMU.

Dr Purves explains CBT

When CBT is explained well it is easy to apply to your life.

Prior to taking the position as Clinical Director of the Berkshire Psychology Service Dr Purves was head of the Berkshire NHS Traumatic Stress Service.

Dr Purves has created four popular computerised CBT products, Blues Begone and Mood Control, Panic Pit Stop and, Anxiety Wizard, which treat depression, anxiety and panic.

In addition he is author of a number of academic articles; national and international speaker on the subjects of trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy; expert psychologist on disaster and trauma; and an expert witness to the courts regarding instances of trauma and PTSD.

Dr Purves is recognized by all major health insurance companies, including BUPA, AXA and Norwich Union.

Academic Qualifications

D.Phil (Psychology) Oxford
MS.c Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (LMU)
BSc (hons) First class in Psychology
British Psychological Society Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy


Consultant Psychologist
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Chartered Coaching Psychologist
Health Professions Council registered Practitioner Psychologist
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy accredited CBT therapist (BABCP)
Chartered Scientist

EMDR specialist