Have you come to a point where you need someone to just listen? Do you feel weighed down with emotions that you don’t fully understand? Are you feeling lost and want to find a new direction in life?
At certain points in our lives we can feel a little overwhelmed, just needing a space where we can off load our problems and worries. I offer a non-judgemental and supportive environment where we can work together to help move you in a direction that brings positive change. My empathic approach offers understanding and appreciation of the difficult times that you may be going through.
Often the people I work with don’t know exactly what is wrong, only that they are struggling in some way and want to feel better again. This can be confusing and frustrating as you may feel that you cannot get away from these emotions. Counselling can offer a companion to help make sense of your inner world and experiences so that you can find your own answers and understanding.
Every person is unique with their own way of interacting which is why I approach each new counselling relationship differently according to the needs of the individual.
Whatever your reasons for seeking out counselling, we can work together towards a brighter and more positive future.
"When I came to Chris for counselling, he really allowed me to feel relaxed and able in completely off loading the anxieties and worries I had going around in my head about my life. Before I came to Chris I was deeply unsure about whether my words and actions with others were being interpreted, as genuine and assertive as I'd intended, leaving me feeling depressed and purposeless. Since seeing Chris for Counselling however, I'm really noticing the positive changes in my attitudes about how I approach and deal with actions, people and my moods on a daily basis. I'm left feeling a lot more acceptance for myself and my life as it is for most around me. I'm also left feeling I appreciate other people for who they are, and not just how they're being to me. I think what did this was Chris' approach to listening inventively, allowing for things to develop naturally in the sessions, and always being able to recall and talk about things we'd discussed previously, and most of all, challenging my thinking in a genuinely empathetic way. I wish him all the best, as he certainly helped me in enabling that to myself"
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working with adults aged 18+ at Aire Valley Counselling where I supported people covering a wide spectrum of issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, relationships and life transitions. I have also spent time volunteering with Age UK attending support groups with adults aged 60+ who wanted an opportunity to share their worries.
As well as working with adults I have volunteered with Place2be for the past year and half, working with children in school which has led to me completing my Level 4 Certificate for Counselling Children.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor which means that I draw on knowledge from different models of counselling in order to find one that best suits your situation and ways of being.
Bsc Psychology and Criminology
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
I am committed to Continued Personal Development (CPD) which includes keeping up with current counselling publications as well as attending training workshops. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) so abide by their codes of practice and ethical guidelines.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 for a 50 minute session however I appreciate choosing a counsellor can be quite daunting which is why I offer an initial session at a reduced rate of £20. This enables you to get an idea of how I work and to decide if you would be comfortable working together.
At present I have flexible sessions available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to 8pm.
I offer both short term and long term work where we can decide together which will better facilitate your needs.
I also offer Skype sessions where we can discuss together to work out the most suitable times for us both.
I am currently working from a residence in Leeds city centre located on Queen street which is within a 5 minute walk from the train station. There is also limited on street parking and a multi storey car park close by.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer flexible session times on Tuesday mornings and afternoons with the possibility of evening slots.
Types of client