Dr Christine Bonsmann, MBACP(Accd),UKCP Reg, MBPsS, DProf, MSc, MBA
Stoke On Trent
There are many different types of therapy and psychological help, and it can be very confusing trying to find someone who may be able to help you when you are feeling lost. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to look at your thoughts and feelings and process experiences which may be bothering you, the things which keep you awake at night. It can help you to gain a new perspective on your situation, to make some changes so that you can feel more fulfilled, or to accept how things are. It's a chance to take a good hard look at your life and decide how you would like the rest of your life to be. It can be a challenging experience and feel uncomfortable at times, telling someone you don't even know about your life and perhaps things you've never spoken about before. It can also be immensely rewarding and life changing. It can help you to get back in the driving seat of your life and to be kinder to yourself. Counselling can also help with your personal development and growth. It can be very interesting and beneficial to learn about yourself. It can help you to feel more accepting of yourself and others and improve your relationships both at home and at work.
I am an experienced and accredited therapist able to offer short-term or long-term therapy as required. I have considerable experience working with clients experiencing low mood, feeling worried about how their life and relationships are turning out, and clients with eating problems. In addition, I am experienced in helping clients to overcome difficulties in the workplace and to find a way to develop their careers.
I will treat you as an individual. I won't try to offer you a diagnosis or treat you like every other client with 'this or that'. I will try to understand you and your story, and work with you to find a way to help you feel better about you. I won't try to 'sell' counselling to you or engage in special offers or tell you it's the best thing for you. That's up to you to decide. I'll try and be realistic with you about what can be achieved. Counselling doesn't work for everyone. Some people want to be told what to do but I can't do this. Further, I am not a GP and am unable to recommend or prescribe medication. I trust you to know whether I am helping you and whether my way of working suits you. There is never any pressure to continue with counselling. You decide, not me. I will encourage you to tell me if you think another approach might be helpful or if you feel counselling is not meeting your needs.
I am committed to my work and have invested in my professional training and research. I have received training in the three main types of therapy: humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and brief psychodynamic therapy. I draw on these trainings to tailor an approach which suits your needs and preferences. I have also undertaken specialist training in couples counselling. Further I have successfully completed a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My research interests are concerned with how clients experience therapy, and this research helps to inform my practice and is helpful to other practitioners. I am a published author in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I have presented my research at international conferences, most recently at the BACP Annual Research Conference 2017. I have also delivered workshops to counselling and psychotherapy students at doctoral level. In my previous career I worked as a Financial Controller in the City. I understand the complexities of corporate life and the challenges of working across different cultures and disciplines. I also understand the emptiness of trying to please other people and the frustrations of corporate politics. I have considerable experience in coaching individuals in the workplace.
If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, then please ring or email me. I will get back to you as soon as I can. I know it can be hard to ask for help and you may be worried about what to say. I'll do my best to appreciate that. It takes courage to undertake counselling. If you are concerned about a family member or friend then they would need to contact me. I don't discuss my clients or potential clients with family members and friends. When you contact me please let me know briefly your reason for seeking counselling as well as some days and times when you are able to attend appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
MSc Counselling Psychology
PG Diploma Counselling Psychology
PG Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health
Advanced Diploma CBT
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training
Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling
Transactional Analysis 101 Training
Certificate in Supervision
Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Registered Member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (BPS)
Founding Member of BACP Coaching Division
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Current fees for all appointments:
Couples - £65
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the end of each session.
I have some limited spaces for low-income clients and concessions are discussed on an individual basis.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
If you are interested in working with me as a supervisee please get in touch.View supervision profile