David Waters


David has been an extraordinary, unbelievable asset to The School of Life since 2010.
— Alain de Botton, Founder, The School of Life

I believe in the power of relationships, knowledge and self awareness to deliver positive change for you and your organization.

My background is in creative, media, publishing, psychotherapy, coaching and teaching. I have brought these together to form a unique approach in helping business leaders and their teams with one-on-one executive coaching sessions and team development workshops.

In the mid ‘90s I was part of the launch editorial team of Men’s Health Magazine (UK edition). I helped build the title to become the world’s most successful men’s lifestyle brand.  At Men’s Health I was fascinated by psychology and group dynamics - the combination of power, communication and relationships that best help teams fulfill their potential.

In the early 00s after a painful relationship end, I re-trained as an integrative psychotherapist and set up a successful private practice working with couples and individuals. From this work I built an executive coaching practice for entrepreneurs, business leaders and their teams helping them develop leadership skills, calmness, creativity, communication, confidence and managing change.

In 2010 I was a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, the unique training and publishing organization that develops emotional intelligence for people, businesses and organizations.

At The School of Life I helped create and deliver new classes, led workshops for local and international audiences and worked with business clients including Microsoft, Haagen Dazs, PA Consulting and American Express.

My stories on emotional health, men’s lifestyle and personal development have appeared in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, ST Men Magazine, Telegraph Luxury, Centurion, The Guardian, Departures (American Express), The Financial Times, Saturday Times Magazine, Elle Deco and The Observer Magazine.

I write a column on emotional health for men in the New York Observer here.

I’m Accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I was awarded Distinction in my Masters and 1st Class Honors in my BA from Queen Mary College, London University. I have post-graduate qualifications in journalism, couples psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies.

I live and work in New York City.

David has a unique gift - the ability to put a room full of people at ease and make every one of them feel as though he is talking and listening to them intently.
— Sara Price, founder Pagefield, communications agency