Christina Davies, PG Dip Counselling; BSc(Hons) Counselling; Reg MBACP
Abergavenny Complementary Practice
28 Monk Street
01873 858020 / 07942 900298
Christina Davies Counselling Practice offers you a high quality, caring, private counselling service. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and abide by its Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct.
I am passionate about offering clients a good experience of coming for counselling, just as I would expect for myself.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I will work with you on an individual basis, ensuring I listen to what you want, and fit my approach to you the person. We are all different after all, and no two people will have exactly the same outlook or feelings about a particular issue or problem. In my counselling practice I integrate aspects of different theoretical models, Person Centred, Brief Solution Focused and Psychodynamic, as well as elements of Mindfulness and Transactional Analysis as appropriate.
I also enjoy thinking about creative ways of engaging with my clients, for example, using objects to explore feelings or issues that are difficult to talk about, or maybe artwork or music to uncover thoughts and feelings. That said, nothing is expected or forced on anyone; it is all a matter of personal choice.
My aim is to always support and guide you along the way, not to tell you what to do or what direction to take. Exploring your life can be a painful journey, you might want to stop and start a number of times before being able to go forward, and that's OK. The reward at the end will be worth it - even if you only change one aspect of your life, it will still be change, which in itself can lead to further change.
Counselling can offer you insight into your own challenges, and greater clarity about how you might make positive changes in your life. It may also help you to feel more confident and happy with yourself, your life and relationships.
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live” (Goethe)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally trained and qualified Counsellor, holding a First Class Honours Degree in Counselling and Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I also have over twenty five years experience as a professional Practitioner, Manager and Supervisor in the social care field. In addition, I am Accredited with Cruse Bereavement Care, for both adults, and children and adolescents.
I have a vast range of experience in working with individuals and families encountering distress and struggling with personal problems and relationship difficulties. My counselling experience has encompassed working with people who have a wide range of mental health issues, including complex conditions; depression; anxiety; generalised anxiety disorder; stress; panic attacks; low self esteem; bereavement and loss; children and adults who have been abused; women and men experiencing domestic abuse; OCD; PTSD/trauma; addiction; eating and image issues; and people who are struggling to find a reason to stay alive. I also have experience of counselling male and female clients who have experienced sexual assault and rape, working with both recent and historic assault and trauma.
I have experience counselling women and men going through various life transitions; coming to terms with medical diagnoses including cancer; disability; menopause; ageing; death of a partner; miscarriage; infertility; relationship difficulties; children leaving home; divorce. Having worked as part of a Hospital Counselling Service, I also have experience of counselling carers of people who have had strokes, TIA's, heart attacks, as well as with clients coming to terms with a life changing medical diagnosis, pain management and loss of mobility.
Increasingly, many clients find themselves facing work issues which impact on their relationships and lives, for example, through redundancy, loss of job and status, financial issues, bullying and harassment, a demanding work schedule. Or it might be personal issues that are affecting how they carry out their work. I have experience of providing confidential counselling as a member of an in-house Occupational Health Counselling Service. However, I know that it is not always easy to talk with someone in HR or Occupational Health attached to your place of work. Private counselling, independent and not associated with the workplace, can be helpful as it is more arms length.
In addition to the above, I have extensive experience of working with and counselling children, adolescents and families whose lives are affected by fostering or adoption. I offer a warm and supportive approach to those of you struggling to find the missing pieces of your jigsaws, confused about your identity, feelings of rejection, low self esteem, maybe issues of attachment. For adoptive parents, you might be trying to come to terms with not being able to have birth children, the impact of fertility treatment on self and relationships, the challenges adopting a child can present. I am also experienced in counselling birth parents and offer a non judgemental space to explore the impact of losing a child.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individual - £50. Appointments are for one full hour.
Couples - £65. Appointments are for one full hour.
I will accept cash or cheque on the day for face to face appointments. Payment can also be made in advance through direct bank transfer.
Cancellation Policy -
Sometimes it is necessary for counselling sessions to be re-scheduled or cancelled and I understand this. However, on such occasions I do require as much notice as possible, as it might then be possible for me to offer someone else that appointment. Therefore, I ask that you give me at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise I have to ask you to pay for your missed session in full. I hope you will understand and honour this agreement.
If it is an unavoidable emergency, and therefore not possible for you to give me 48 hours notice of cancellation, then we can discuss a possible waiver of my fee.
The room I use in Abergavenny to offer counselling in is comfortable and private, with plenty of nearby parking available. As the room is on the ground floor with no steps it is accessible for people who have a range of physical disabilities.
On different days during the week, a range of holistic therapists also work from the Abergavenny Complementary Practice, which gives it a pleasant and inclusive feel.
The room I use in Brecon is also private, with car parking a minute away, and conveniently situated just off Ship Street in the town itself.
I also offer appointments in Crickhowell from the Crickhowell Information and Resource Centre (CRIC), Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1BN. This venue is convenient for clients from a wide range of areas including Brecon, Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Gilwern and Ebbw Vale.
For appointments, including after work, please contact me either via the Counselling Directory, email or telephone and I will respond either the same day or within 24 hours.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Contact me to discuss; evening appointments also available by arrangement. Appointments also now available at CRIC, 2 Beaufort St, Crickhowell NP8 1BN, as well as in Abergavenny and Brecon.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|