Christian de Cruz, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP
The Vale Practice
64 Grove Vale
I am an experienced, professionally qualified, integrative counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work with a wide variety of struggles that incorporate relationship issues, family issues, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, different forms of abuse, identity and self-esteem issues or feelings of isolation and loneliness - all of which tend to lead to forms of depression and/or anxiety. I am trained in a range of different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, which means I can adapt to the needs and personality of each individual that I work with. However, what underpins any approach I take is my commitment to understanding what it is that you are experiencing and how we can build a collaborative relationship to confront your struggles together. I offer both short and long-term therapy, during mornings, afternoons and evenings in 2 different locations in South London. As well as my standard fee, I also offer a lower fee for students and people on low income.
My approach to counselling
As a counsellor I aim to provide you with a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. I am trained to listen attentively, with empathy, not only to what is said but also to what is felt.
I work together with my clients to help them explore their difficulties and gain a fuller understanding of themselves. This can help people to discover what prevents them from achieving what they want in life and can consequently help clients to make more informed choices and decisions.
I am trained as an integrative counsellor, which means that whilst I am skilled in different theoretical approaches (humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural) I integrate them according to each client. In order to develop a trusting relationship where exploration of personal struggles can occur, I strive to be as transparent, clear and open as possible. I value my clients as they are, without judgement. I help clients to find their own answers rather than advising or telling them what to do and I challenge assumptions with sensitivity and honesty. I treat my clients’ personal information with the utmost confidentiality and respect.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Greenwich University to masters level (MSc) in Therapeutic Counselling. I also have a degree (BSc Hons) in psychology. I have worked as a counsellor for a GP surgery as well as a mental health charity, providing counselling for carers. Over the last ten years I have also worked in roles providing general emotional support; for people affected by multiple sclerosis and for students in secondary schools. I have most recently been a student counsellor in a 6th form college as well as running my own private practices in East Dulwich and Balham.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
My standard fee is £60 for a 50 minute counselling session.
I also offer a low-cost counselling service where fees range from £35 to £50.
I follow the BACP code of ethics and all my clinical work is professionally supervised.
If you are new to counselling, unsure about what counselling is or how it might help, please email or phone me on 0788 690 4434. I am always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Balham Practice: Monday afternoons & evenings, Tuesday mornings & afternoons, and Friday afternoons. East Dulwich Practice: Wednesday afternoons & evenings and Thursday evenings.
Types of client