About Me

Hi there, my name is David Grattan. I was born in the UK in the mid-60s. Growing up in an often chaotic and dysfunctional family of five. I was fortunate as a young boy to grab an opportunity to get away and experience structure and some order when I joined the Cubs, followed by the Scouts, and then the Army Cadets.

I struggled to fit in to the schooling system and left school age 15 with little education and no qualifications to begin work as a labourer on a local farm.

Still desiring that sense of order I joined the Army Reserves, or Territorial Army as a heli-borne infantryman. After a couple of fantastic years I wanted a change so I signed up to the Royal Navy serving for eight years as a Marine Engineering Mechanic and electrician on ships and later on nuclear and diesel submarines.. I also qualified as a Ships Diver and served as an underwater mine disposal expert serving for a total of 8 years.

I later married a Kiwi while working as a construction supervisor in the States and we moved to NZ in 1995 and proudly consider New Zealand to be my home ever since.

Currently, I am a busily involved, single, father of two children. I fought long and hard to gain access and remain active in their lives. I enjoy equal and shared access with their mother and a slow but sure improving relationship with her too.

Over the last eleven years I have been involved in my own personal growth with useful organizations such as Essentially Men, Man Alive and the Mankind Project. It was this involvement that helped persuade me to pursue a career in counselling.


From 1996 for about 10 years I was active in the Mankind Project first as participant then as participant and facilitator and moving on after training in Australia and the USA to become the Group Coordinator for NZ.

In 2006 I was accepted into a Bachelor of Social Practice (BSocP) majoring in Counselling and graduated late 2009. Some components of my degree included a six-month full-time placement at Epsom Lodge assisted accommodation for men in Newmarket and two supervised counselling internships, one with the Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) and the other with the Department of Corrections Probation Service. These placements helped to shape and inform my counselling methods and further my interest in addictions and support for people caught up in the justice system.

When I graduated as a counsellor I quickly enrolled in a Graduate Diploma in Addictions graduating late 2010.

I am personally trained in Narrative Therapy (under David Epston) which adopts a post modernist approach and I have found this to be a highly effective counselling tool when counselling and supporting people.

I am still experienced with traditional or more modernist methods which were part components of my Graduate Diploma, some of which you might have already heard of such as Cognitive Behavoural Therapy (CBT), Psychology Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, Person centred/client focussed therapy, REBT, there are many more available.

Simply put, modernist approaches are, just that, modern, as a pose to being ancient or primeval. Some have been around for well over a hundred years which begs the question, ‘How effective and relevant are they today?’ A post modernist modality or counselling methodality might be described as after modern… or even easier, one of the most recent theory to be taught today.

BSocP(Couns), Grad Dip(Addic)