Chris Warren-Dickins PDip MA MBACP
Whether it is anxiety, depression, or any other issue, it can be hard to work through this alone. Sometimes we need a trained professional to help us, and so I will offer you a safe and supportive space to explore your dilemmas
It is not my role to give you advice or a 'diagnosis', but I will work hard with you to help you understand and manage your dilemmas. The core of my approach is Person-Centred, and so I believe that you will be able to find the answers yourself, with a little support and guidance.
I have been trained as an integrative psychotherapist, and so I will tailor my approach to suit your individual needs and preferences. This is important because each person is unique, and so I need to work in a flexible way to best help you to work on the problem. As I have been trained in this way, I am able to draw upon a number of different theories to inform our work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Gestalt psychotherapy.
If appropriate, I can offer clients a range of different ways to explore an issue. Examples include writing exercises, drawing, visualisation, and the empty-chair technique. I also offer short and long term work depending on your individual needs and your preferred way of working.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist for more than eight years, and I am on the Survivors UK approved list of national therapists who specialise in working with survivors of sexual violence.
In addition to my private practice, I am an honorary psychotherapist at an LGBT+ counselling charity in the City. I have also gained clinical experience at a university in Central London, a secondary school, and a homeless hostel in East London.
I am a registered healthcare provider with a number of private health insurance companies including Healix Group of Companies and VitalityHealth. I am a contributor to LawCare News, a charity providing support to legal professionals. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
After I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (2008) I was awarded a Distinction for a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy (2010). This was a qualitative research project which explored male experiences of counselling and suicide.
Before qualifying as a psychotherapist, I was a Senior Solicitor at a Tier 1 international law firm in London. I continue to lecture in law as a Senior Lecturer, and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also have an active interest in creative writing and animal welfare but, most importantly, I am a parent to two beautiful daughters.
Most recent professional development training -
- June 2016. Working therapeutically with survivors of torture. Freedom from Torture (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture)
- May 2016. UKESAD 2016 – UK and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders. BACP. Pass
- September 2015. Trauma: The Challenge of Our Age? BACP. Pass
- July 2015. Working with Hepatitis C and Chemsex. Pass. Dr Mark Nelson and David Stuart, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital/56 Dean Street
- March 2015. Advanced training: The therapeutic impact of working with men who have experienced male sexual violation. Pass. Survivors UK.
- January 2015. Understanding male sexual violation. Pass. Survivors UK.
- September 2014. Various modules including ‘Understanding substance misuse’ and ‘Introducing the family model’. Pass.Social Care Institute for Excellence, London.
- July - August 2014. Various modules including ‘‘Child protection’, ‘Supervisory management’, ‘Personal safety’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Motivation’ and ‘Effective team working’. Pass. Educare, London.
- June 2014. ‘Working with survivors of sexual violence.’ Pass. City Lit, London
- April 2014. ‘When words don’t speak.’ Pass. The Caspari Foundation, London
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have recorded a video to explain what you can expect of a counselling session with me. Have a look and let me know what you think -
I have also set out below a link to some recent articles -
- The seven sides of assertiveness - http://www.exploretransform.com/counselling-blog/the-seven-sides-of-assertiveness
- Dealing with grief for a loss other than the death of a loved one (for example, a divorce, estrangement of a family member, or the loss of a career) - http://www.exploretransform.com/counselling-blog/to-grieve-for-any-type-of-loss
- Protecting yourself in the grip of group dynamics - http://www.exploretransform.com/counselling-blog/protecting-yourself-in-the-grip-of-group-dynamics
Photos & videos
Fees are negotiable - the average is £60 per session for individuals. I offer concessions to those who are on a low income. Please contact me for fees for couples or groups. Sessions are available face to face, via Skype, and/or over the telephone
Client testimonials - See what previous clients have said about sessions with me
- Chris is insightful and works in-depth to find the root of what is going on. He has an an ability to put you at ease almost immediately. It was great to work with him to explore aspects of my past and how they are affecting my present.' Client JM
- "I have worked with several counsellors over the years but Chris is the first I've established a long-term working relationship with. I've brought a wide range of issues to the sessions and he has helped me explore them professionally and expertly. I highly recommend his practice." Client LD
- "Chris is a good listener with a very gentle and supportive approach." Client JB
Radio interviews I have conducted concerning counselling-related issues -
- During Men's Health Week I gave a radio interview about the concept of men seeking help. The majority of clients in counselling are female, and yet the majority of suicides are carried out by men. Have a listen to the radio interview and let me know what you think https://soundcloud.com/wandsworthradio/wandsworth-tonight-180615
- In this radio interview I explore how anxiety around the subject of suicide often prevents people from talking about it. I suggest that talking to a trained professional can help. Have a listen to the radio interview and let me know what you think https://soundcloud.com/wandsworthradio/wandsworth-tonight-210715
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer sessions between 7.30am and 10pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Sessions can be face-to-face, over the telephone or online
Types of client
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Supervision & training
Supervision and training - I offer Clinical Supervision to Counsellors, whether they are fully qualified or in training.View supervision profile