The counsellors David and Linda Savage
David and Linda are both fully qualified counsellors and have over 10,000 supervised counselling hours between them since embarking on a counselling career in 2001. They are also grade II level supervisors.
Grace and Faith Counselling Ministries is a private practice, that forms part of their home, in Woodford Green.
Both David and Linda are registered, accredited counsellors of the Association of Christian in Counselling (ACC). Linda is currently taking a professional practice break.
David and Linda have worked with a wide range of ethnic and Christian backgrounds and in particular, the African and Afro-Caribbean community. David has built up valuable experience working with men and Linda has a great deal of experience working with women, children and adolescence. Together they have many years experience working with couples, although David is working couples by himself whilst Linda is taking a practice break.
Over the years, they have offered their counselling service to Pilgrims Hall Counselling Service in Brentwood, Pathway Counselling in Romford, YMCA in Walthamstow, Branches Homeless Centre in Walthamstow and People at Work. Linda has worked with various schools. They now focus exclusively on their own private practice in Woodford Green.
David has worked for Outward Housing at a project in Chingford, London E4 as a support worker with service users with severe ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for 2 years.
David was lead lecturer at Epping Forest College from 2010 delivering CPCAB's Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 3 Counselling Studies and Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling until retiring in 2020. David also offered his counselling service to the Welcome Centre in Ilford (centre for street homeless) until 2020.
From 2006 to 2014 David and Linda had delivered Barnabas Counselling Training (BCT), the UK's leading Christian counselling training provider, courses for Level 2 Counselling Skills and Level 3 Counselling Studies, which are accredited by CPCAB and recognised by ACC, in South Woodford, London.
David and Linda are both committed, born again, Christians and have been for over 32 and 40 years respectively. They have experience of being part of several churches over the years and for the past four years have been members of St Paul's CofE church in Woodford Bridge where they take an active involvement and had served on the PCC from 2011 to 2014.
David and Linda have experience of marriage spanning 40 years and share six grown up children, five sons and a daughter, and thirteen grandchildren (and counting!) and have lived happily in Woodford Green for the past 23 years.