Christian 'Chip' Ponsford
The Bodywork Centre
07940 853123 / 07940 853 123
How can I help ?
I offer a comfortable, private counselling room and a warm welcome. I will listen to you as attentively and non-judgementally as I can. The chance to talk, and be heard can be liberating. It can help you access your enormous potential for self-healing and growth. I am committed to building an increasingly trustworthy environment with th eintention that you feel increasingly comfortable to talk openly about your concerns.
The Person-centred therapy I offer can help in the following ways:
• I recognise you as the expert on your own life
• We work at your pace
• We explore your thoughts, ideas, feelings, relationships and behaviour
• We explore together - I work to earn the trust to be your companion in this exploration
• I will be real and open with you
• I believe you have the potential to grow in your own way towards the life you want
How I work
I am committed to being open and transparent with you in that I won’t be labelling you, telling you how you feel or what you should do. My job is to understand how things are for you.
By you exploring and describing your experience to me and by me listening very attentively and uncritically to the whole of your experience you can start to find clarity for yourself. I will check my understanding of what you are saying (I won't just smile and nod) Essentially what I do as I listen is to say "do you mean this?" You might respond with a "not quite, it's more like..." or "yes exactly" and in this way you can make things clearer for yourself by having made them clearer to me. The lack of judgement in our exploration is what can make it very freeing for you.
I am passionate about the person-centred approach because I believe it is most respectful of your expertise about your own life. It fits with my own philosophy and experience that people have an enormous capacity for self-healing and growth if they can access that capacity in a trustworthy environment.
Why am I a counsellor?
Because I have benefited enormously from counselling and I want to offer the same chance to others. This is my way of trying to make the world a better place – one person at a time!
Where have I worked?
The Refugee Therapy Centre, Finsbury Park, London
Working with people from around the world who have experienced severe trauma including torture and war.
Off Centre, Hackney, London
Working with 11 - 25 year olds
Katherine Price Hughes House, London
I was a key-worker at Katherine Price Hughes House with men serving sentences for serious offences. Such people are often judged or written off for some of their actions and seemed to benefit from a trustworthy relationship in which to explore their lives.
Highbury Counselling Centre
I worked at Highbury Counselling Centre with clients who represented the cultural and ethnic diversity and the material inequality of north London. These clients brought a great many different areas of counselling to work with.
I have worked at Islington MIND with previously hospitalised people with long-term mental distress such as that which can be caused by childhood sexual, physical and psychological abuse.
I volunteered as a 'befreinder' at ‘The Maytree’ a short-term residential ‘sanctuary for the suicidal' with people who are actively considering suicide but need somewhere to talk through their thoughts and feelings. I found that listening properly and attentively to these people, and simply spending time with them rather than a more common response of persuading them not to commit suicide, helped them explore and find their own way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma (level 4) and Certificate (level 3) in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular experience of working with men and with people who have experienced childhood sexual, physical and psychological abuse.
Sessions for individuals are £45 per full hour
Sessions for couples are £60 per full hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have some availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|