Christopher Gore MBACP (accred), Msc, BA, Dip.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you qualify?
I completed a 3 year Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. I have undergone further training in Group Supervision and have regularly attended professional development training courses and events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills. I continue to do this on a regular basis.
What does Psychodynamically trained mean?
It means I specialised in Psychodynamic theory during my training and believe that early experiences in our lives can continue to impact on here and now current experiences. I am skilled in listening for both conscious and unconscious communication either verbally or through the body. I have spent many years in my own therapy both individually and in a group. This has enhanced my capacity to be alongside you during your therapy and to not be sidetracked by any personal issues of my own.
What about other theories?
I have extensive knowledge of most counselling theories along with group analytical ideas. This has been gained through many years of working in health and educational settings and lecturing on counselling courses,
Are you accredited by a professional organisation?
I received professional British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation in 2007.
Do you subscribe to a professional code of ethics?
I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as set out by the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What is your confidentiality policy?
All sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where a) I believe a client or third party to be at serious risk or b) where I would be liable to civil or criminal proceedings if information a client had shared was not disclosed. I would always think with you first about this.
Do you receive regular supervision?
In line with the professional requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy I meet on a regular basis with a clinical supervisor and always maintain client anonymity. The aim of supervision is to help me reflect on my clinical work and is essential in my maintaining an ethical and competent work practice and attitude.
Where do sessions take place?
I have a consulting room adjacent to my home which is accessible via the garden entrance. The setting is in itself both tranquil and therapeutic and is an added dimension to the work I do and what I offer.
What happens in the initial session?
The initial session provides us with an opportunity to explore why help is being sought and whether what I can offer is appropriate, and most importantly, that we both feel comfortable working together.
What happens after the initial session?
If at the end of the initial session, it is felt to be appropriate to continue working together, we can, dependent on your presenting issues/needs, put in place either a short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy contract.
What is your availability?
I have availability on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 8:30pm.
My name is Chris Gore and I am a BACP accredited Counsellor with over 20 years experience of working with individuals and groups in many settings. These have included the NHS as a staff counsellor, Higher Education including Universities as a specialist mental health mentor, Senior Counsellor working with adolescents who have been excluded from mainstream education.
I have also worked as a Counsellor with those facing bereavement and the bereaved in a Hospice and have years of experience of Drug and Alcohol issues in Rehabilitation Centres. In all of my work experiences the capacity to build a trusting relationship has been central to developing scope to change.
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. I offer some clients a reduced fee option which is in conjunction with the Guildford Psychotherapy Centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Professional Qualifications so far are as follows:
•Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Group Supervision Training (2012)
•MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (2002-2003)
•Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2000-2002)
•BA in Social Work (1997-1999)
I am accredited and a member of:
•BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
•BACP/UKRCP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
•Full Member of the Birkbeck Counselling Association
•Associate member of the Institution of Group Analysis
•Full member of the Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy
I have a particular interest in how feelings of shame can impact on one's self-worth and inhibit potential to live a creative and fulfilling life. My work involves, amongst other things, trying to understand the role shame, loss and unresolved grief can have on one's life. I bring a wide range of experience and skills to my role as a therapist which may be helpful to you.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- 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
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Photos & videos
My current fees are:
Individual Counselling - £50
"Sally came to therapy because she was unhappy about some of the thoughts and feelings she was experiencing. She felt that if someone looked in at her life from the outside they would see a successful and content mother and wife with a good job. She felt guilty and bad about herself at times because "what did she have to complain about". After starting therapy she began to acknowledge that she could have mixed feelings about certain aspects of her life and began to see how ingrained messages from the past were impacting on her here and now life experiences. By disentangling some of these past messages she began to allow more of her needs to be met without the guilt and feel happier in her relationships".
"Thank you for your help over these 12 weeks. Even though at times it has made me nervous, I have always felt a release and it has helped me go to the very core of this grief which has felt needed and helpful" (Bereaved wife)
"Thank you for sharing your abundance of knowledge and understanding. I will carry your invaluable teachings with me throughout my career". (Supervision student)
"I just want to reiterate a massive thank you for all that you did in helping me at the end of the last academic year. None of the above would have been possible if we had not have had our meetings and I just wanted to thank you again". (Mentoring student)
"I hope to build upon the skills that counselling has given me and go forward with confidence. It has enabled me to have the courage to acknowledge my own needs, which until now I had not been able to do. Thank you again". (Bereaved daughter)
Thanks for this. It has been a pleasure having you working with our students again this year. Please say you are coming back next year (Mental Health manager)
Thank you so much for my sessions with you. I have really appreciated you listening to me and helping me. I'm sure people say this to you all the time - you are fantastic at your job. (Counselling client)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesday, Thursday evening and Friday .
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer Clinical supervision for qualified counsellors & psychotherapists and this is available individually or in groups of 4.View supervision profile