Christine Boyd MA Psych UKCP MBACP

Christine Boyd MA Psych UKCP MBACP

Sonning Common

01189 723899 / 07778845820

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Sonning Common

01189 723899 / 07778845820

About me

My name is Christine Boyd and I have been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist in the Thames Valley, near Reading, and in Paddington, London for the past thirteen years. I am fully committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

I work with individuals for an agreed time period or on a longer-term basis, or in a Group. I also work with couples for Couples Counselling. The aim is to enable you to enhance your life and to live it more fully as you increasingly realise your potential.

I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with:

  • Stress
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions and eating problems

Training, qualifications & experience

MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA Psych.)
Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (Adv Dip. Psych.)
Member of the British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Registered member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Advanced Certificate in Dream Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), experienced Solution Focussed Brief Therapist, Certificate in Hypnotherapy.
Diploma in Supervision
Diploma in Couple Counselling

I have been a psychotherapist and counsellor now for a number of years and have worked with both individuals and couples. I, and my clients, feel that my skills have allowed me to work well in both cases. I have also worked with young adolescents.

For long-term psychotherapy the model I use is an integrative approach, which will include a substantial component of dream analysis, and for shorter-term counselling either cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or solution focused brief therapy. I find that these approaches tend to best meet the needs of individual clients in our hectic, modern world.

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Registered / Accredited


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Individuals £45 - £50
Couples £60
Supervision £50

Further information

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. So what happens when I first contact you?

A. We will have a talk by telephone and I will tell you about my practice and answer any questions that you may have. If you are OK with the replies, then we can arrange an initial consultation, where I will gather a picture of where you are now and the initial issues that you may want to deal with.

Q. Where will these consultations be held?

A. Either in Sonning Common, which is between Henley-on-Thames and Reading, or at my other practice at Little Venice, London; which is just 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station.

Q. What happens during a session?

A. An individual session lasts for fifty minutes, group sessions are longer. We will talk about the issues that are concerning you. This might involve talking through things that have happened during the week and how you are feeling or thinking about them, or events that may have happened in the past or your hopes for the future. It will certainly include talking about any dreams that you may have had, as these can be very important. I will help to bring lasting meaning and understanding to your thoughts, feelings and your reaction to different circumstances.

Q. How often do the sessions take place?

Usually once a week, although there may be unusual cirmcumstances which may suggest a higher frequency, at least in the short-term.

Q. When will I feel better?

A. Therapy is not a magic wand. At times it can be difficult and it may not give you the answer to all of your issues. But, like a pendulum, while it may swing from side to side, in a third axis it will be moving you forward all the time.

Q. How long does therapy take?

A. Until you are comfortable with where you are. Unless there are any unusual circumstances, the choice is yours.

Q. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

A. If you imagine a brick wall, Counselling is making a repair to the wall. Psychotherapy is knocking parts of it down and rebuilding it. Inevitably the latter is more thorough, but takes longer than the former.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I'm available for daytime and evening appointments

Supervision & training

I can offer supervision to individuals and run group supervision.

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