Christine West MBACP
0208 374 2967 / 07900 912085
I am an Individual and Relationship Counsellor. I qualified in 1995. I am also a State Registered Dramatherapist, Body-Oriented Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I have a private practice in Crouch End. I offer both short-term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy.
I would describe myself as a warm, experienced, humanistic, relational and integrative therapist. I am also a Creative Arts Therapy supervisor. My approach is process-oriented, person-centred, yet informed by psychodynamic thinking. I use both talk and more experiential creative techniques if appropriate to explore a wide range of issues, or whatever you bring to the session. Some of these creative approaches can include mindfulness, gestalt, sub-personality work, dramatherapy, movement, drawing, spectograms and visualisation.
I regard the the therapeutic relationship as central to my work. Together we explore both past experiences which have influenced your current beliefs and attitudes, thereby undermining your potential and ability to live life fully and meaningfully, but also current issues, events and relationships that are causing you problems. I am committed to my own self-development, and I particularly enjoy working with people who are interested in this line of enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
2008 Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Supervision (Sesame Institute)
2000 PG Diploma in Dramatherapy (Roehampton University)
1996 Certificate in Psychodrama (AMAP)
1995 Diploma in Individual and Relationship Counselling (AMAP)
1989 Diploma in Postural Integration (The International Centre for Release and Integration)
1982 BA Hons Fine Art (Hull College of Art)
I also work in schools with children who have emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
I provide clinical supervision for a charity organisation in Waltham Forest called Carefree Kids.
I have recently worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University.
Prior to this I have worked with Cranstoun Drug Rehabilitation Services for several years running dramatherapy groups, and with Barnet Adult Mental Health Day Services for 8 years as an arts therapist, counsellor and clinical upervisor. I co-ran the counselling service. During that time I also ran dramatherapy groups, confidence-building groups and CBT-based groups for anxiety- and stress-management, self-esteem and depression.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
I usually charge £50 to £70 depending on individual circumstances. Some concessions may be available.
I have been trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
I co-run dramatherapy workshops using a variety of classic texts which address key existential themes and issues.
I have a well-established mindfulness and meditation practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work daytime and evening. I currently have some availability on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. There may be other possibilities. Please phone to check.