Christine West MBACP
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a State Registered Arts Therapist and Body-Oriented Psychotherapist and have been working as a therapist for over 25 years. I am also a Clinical Supervisor and have supervised therapists of different orientations for over ten years. I have a private practice in Crouch End and offer both short-term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy.
My approach is warm, humanistic, relational and process oriented. I offer a safe, non judgemental and confidential space where you can talk about what is concerning you.
People come for many reasons: for personal development; for issues related to anxiety, stress, sadness, or anger; deep feelings of disappointment with oneself or one's life; feelings of pointlessness; relationship issues regarding present or past partners, or with siblings or parents, or indeed difficulties with work colleagues; low self esteem and an inability to accept oneself; personal crisis or life event with which you are struggling and need someone outside your friendship or family groups to talk to.
I listen to what is concerning you and help you to express, explore and reflect on the issues you have brought into the therapy room. I try to sense how you see life, and what is getting in the way of you having more the life you want. We explore your thoughts, feelings, attitudes which influence how you behave in situations. We explore both past experiences which have influenced your current beliefs which may be undermining your potential and ability to live life fully and meaningfully, as well as unhelpful patterns that are causing you problems in relationships.
In addition to exploring these issues through talking, we have the option of using more creative techniques to explore a wide range of issues. Some of these creative approaches can include drawing, visualisation and use of visual cards to encourage more unconscious exploration of a theme. Other approaches can include sub-personality work, gestalt and role-play, which can really help to explore conflicting parts of oneself or conflict with others. Finally, Mindfulness and meditative techniques can be used to help you find a deep level of relaxation, and which can also be useful as a tool for anxiety management. Mindfulness is a wonderful way to help you understand and manage your thoughts and feelings as well as providing insight.
I am committed to my own self-development, and continue to be interested in this area. We never stop growing if we remain open to life.
Training, qualifications & experience
2008 Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Supervision (Sesame Institute)
2000 PG Diploma in Dramatherapy (Roehampton University)
1996 Certificate in Psychodrama (AMAP)
1995 Diploma in Individual and Relationship Counselling (AMAP)
1989 Diploma in Postural Integration (The International Centre for Release and Integration)
1982 BA Hons Fine Art (Hull College of Art)
I also work in schools with children who have emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
I provide clinical supervision for a charity organisation in Waltham Forest called Carefree Kids.
I have recently worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University.
Prior to this I have worked with Cranstoun Drug Rehabilitation Services for several years running dramatherapy groups, and with Barnet Adult Mental Health Day Services for 8 years as an arts therapist, counsellor and clinical upervisor. I co-ran the counselling service. During that time I also ran dramatherapy groups, confidence-building groups and CBT-based groups for anxiety- and stress-management, self-esteem and depression.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I usually charge £60- £70 depending on individual circumstances. Some concessions may be available.
I have been trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
I co-run dramatherapy workshops using a variety of classic texts which address key existential themes and issues.
I have a well-established mindfulness and meditation practice.