Crissy Duff BA (Hons) MBACP
Kingston Upon Thames
0208 404 2296 / 07554 180 060
For me it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client that is the most important factor in how successful counselling will be and so with this in mind I offer you a warm, respectful and accepting relationship without judgement or criticism.
As a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I work with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties, including depression, anger, self harm, eating disorders, low self esteem, anxiety, stress, attachment, relationship and parenting difficulties, bereavement and loss. I counsel adults, adolescents and children in my own private practice, and I also work as a School Counsellor and as a Student Mentor within the Disability and Dyslexia Department of Kingston University.
When counselling I work both face to face and when appropriate by telephone, using an Integrative approach; by which I mean that I draw upon a range of different theories, in particular Gestalt Therapy, mindfulness and attachment based therapy in order to inform and support my work with you. With children and adolescents in particular I also work (when appropriate), using the Expressive Arts. This gentle and playful form of therapy entails meeting each individual client where they are in the moment and may entail the use of art materials, clay, sand tray, music, poetry, creative writing, games, puppets and movement.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdA/BA Hons – First Class Degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University.
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in 'A Gestalt Approach to Working With Children and Adolescents.'
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
2004 - 2012 - Editor, Moderator and Parent Supporter for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for parenting website Netmums.com.
2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton, Surrey.
2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor within the Occupational Health Department of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Guildhall, Kingston.
2011 to present - School Counsellor - Elmbridge
2012 to present - Mentor at Kingston University working with students on behalf of the Disability and Dyslexia Department.
2014 and 2015 - Assistant Tutor and Co-facilitator - 'Working with Children' and 'Working with Adolescents' at The Gestalt Centre, London EC2
Expert Consultant for Netmums book - ‘You and Your Tween’ - 2011 - Rated Number 1 in the Independent Newspaper's 'Top Ten Parenting Books'
Expert Consultant for Netmums book – 'The Ultimate Baby and Toddler Q&A’
2011 - Guest Speaker on Postnatal and Antenatal Depression at the Glasgow Baby Show.
Quoted in the national press and magazines, interviewed on radio, television news and ITV's This Morning on a range of parenting, emotional and social issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
When working with children and adolescents both in schools and privately, I employ a wide range of Creative Play, Art, Writing and Music Techniques using a Gestalt based gentle and non-directive approach which is informed and supported by Mindfulness and by Attachment Theory.
As a qualified Integrative Relational Counsellor, my training and approach to counselling encompasses elements of Humanistic Therapies including Gestalt, Person-Centred and Existential as well as the Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic Therapy and CBT.
My fees for a 50 minute session start from £45.
I do however offer a limited number of reduced rate places for exceptional circumstances and I am very happy to discuss this with you.
In order to be the best possible counsellor that I can be for my clients and in accordance with BACP guidelines I work under ongoing professional supervision from a senior practitioner. My commitment to professional and personal development means that I regularly undertake further training in the form of counselling courses, workshops,research and reading.
Maps & Directions
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