Chris Rudyard

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Counselling, Psychotherapy & Trauma Therapy. 20 Years exp
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My name's Chris Rudyard I'm Human First, a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist, Trauma Therapist & Supervisor - NCPS Reg & Accredited, Fully Insured Ltd. business.

I have over 20 Years' experience helping people primarily with trauma and the effects of that.. I have real employed experience working in services post qualification.

I have my own professional office in South Liverpool (close to Speke Retail) which isn't shared with other therapists, it provides free on-site parking, has clean toilet facilities and is close to shops and cafes.

I do not subscribe to one model of therapy, as I have a good deal of diverse training's in newer, deep, powerful psychotherapies which can get to the 'root of it, to heal it'.  My training provides me with the skills to help us get to where we need to get to, but not before you are ready.

I only practice therapies that I am properly trained in. Sometimes practitioners say they practice certain therapies such as somatic therapy or IFS yet have had no training in these complex approaches..

E.g. Those practising IFS Therapy must be trained by IFS Institute, same for EMDR, Somatic practices, Lifespan Integration etc.

Sometimes, just talking about 'it' is not enough to help people particularly with things that present with symptoms. This can leave people feeling powerless and hopeless. In my experience, good therapy needs to be collaborative, flexible, and have depth. It needs to be something that is felt, something that engages your mind & body, with a therapist who is able to highly 'attune'.

For complex trauma work, it is well regarded that therapists know 'parts work' or Ego States, and know how work with parts successfully. Sometimes before parts work takes place, clients benefit from a bit more healing work first to get to a stable place.

I work by not only helping you get to the 'roots of it', but to help heal the roots of 'it' too. The therapies I'm trained in go deep, interactive, non-shaming, and are brain/body-based psychotherapies that are in line with current neuroscience. I will not squash you tightly into a protocol-led therapy, because this would likely make you feel worse especially if you come with a complex trauma history.

I realise at this stage you may just want to get started and talk to a trusted, and well-known professional counsellor & psychotherapist, in an accepting environment.

I've now helped 10,000s of people from all over the world to work beyond their difficulties.

I always like to meet someone new to help or to catch up with people that have benefited from my sessions in the past. I make my clients important to me so that therapy works.

You can go straight to my website and book online there by clicking here now

Seeing me ensures:

  • No notes will go onto your medical records
  • Your sessions will not be shared within the NHS, or anyone else
  • There are no tedious, written assessments, lengthy questionnaires or overwhelming paperwork
  • There is no need to prepare much - and no thought diaries!
  • There is no requirement to talk if you don't want to. I have ways of helping that don't require talking about it, to work with it.
  • There is no need to deal with a third party receptionist, and you won't bump into your previous therapist..
  • There will be no 'CBT type' homework, and the therapy I provide is very different to CBT.
  • Not the usual Person Centred Counselling either..
  • You won't get the old-fashioned, cold, rigid type of therapist who doesn't speak. I don't just 'nod' and listen…unless it's required
  • You will not be forced into organisations target led system
  • You don't go into a stranger's home
  • You are not expected to sit still if that's uncomfortable for you
  • You can book your own appointments online
  • Your appointments will run on time, not late.
  • You get a therapist who is fully trained in many models of therapy, plus has the experience 
  • Gentle yet powerful methods, and challenging when it needs to be.


What can you benefit:

People I've worked with have gained:

  • answers
  • better relationships
  • calmness
  • clarity
  • closure
  • confidence
  • connectedness
  • control
  • direction
  • healing
  • knowledge
  • meaning
  • progression
  • regulation
  • relief
  • restful sleep
  • self-energy
  • self-awareness
  • strengths
  • understanding
  • ways of coping
  • well-being


What else do people see me about?

People who see me have usually tried self-help books, been to see their GP, tried CBT, and done normal talk therapy. Sometimes people simply don't want to go down that route again, it may have even caused more problems. People who see me usually want something more than what's available through regular therapist, NHS, private healthcare and charities. They are usually wanting something more in-depth with the capacity to heal.

People see me about:

  • anger/anxiety/stress/burnout
  • addictive & binging behaviours Inc. alcohol, cocaine, pornography and food
  • adhd, and neuro-diversity
  • bereavement & grief
  • childhood experiences
  • complex trauma histories
  • deep-rooted phobia
  • dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • extreme dissociative experiences (out of body/not feeling/amnesia)
  • family & relationships
  • fear & terror
  • flashbacks, dreams & nightmares
  • hurt, isolation, loneliness
  • illness
  • physical problems, pain and unexplained pain/s
  • panic attacks
  • psychosis & drug-induced psychosis
  • relationships
  • self-injury
  • sex (performance issues, and no sex drive)
  • sleep problems
  • 'Treatment-Resistant Depression & PTSD' (it's not that these are not treatable, it's just that some therapies such as cbt & talk therapy are not able to help. Also, this label means that medications haven't helped either)
  • work - some professionals have really difficult and intense jobs, they find it helpful to offload, process, and look at their practice to improve it.


Not sure what the problem is?

Sometimes problems seem to be about how you're feeling physically… Sometimes people go to see their GP because of how they feel and leave without treatment because there is nothing medically 'wrong'. Sometimes as one thing is treated with medication, it brings about side effects, or doesn't seem to do enough, or anything to work.

Physical symptoms that turn out to be 'medically unexplained' can be due to being 'run down', stressed or underlying trauma that is being played out through your body. To work with these concerns, therapists need to have a good understanding of 'parts work', trauma, somatics and the nervous system.

Examples of trauma symptoms that I work with:

Auditory hallucinations - body dysmorphia (BDD), chronic fatigue/exhaustion -dissociation/not feeling -de-personalization/de-realisation - dizziness/Labyrinthitis/vertigo - Emetophobia - feeling on edge - IBS/irritable bowel syndrome - chest & stomach pains - Fibromyalgia - hallucinations - headaches/migraines - lump in the throat - Misophonia - OCD - panic attacks - phantom pain - sexual performance, and sex-related issues - shaking - skin rashes - sleeping problems - 'spacey' feelings - stammers - excessive sweating - tinnitus - tight chest.

It's always a good idea to consult your GP too if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Don't believe a tight chest is just down to 'anxiety' because a therapist tells you it could be. 


Where do I start, how do I know what to talk about? Start by booking online. You don't need to call me, you can just book in. 

In our first session, we'll start to work out together what's going on, and where to start. You may not feel like talking - that's okay, there's somatic work we can do to help you.

Whether you know what is bothering you or not, you are welcome to come and see me.


What I have to offer:

My approach to therapy is a fluid one, I am human first, and I'll develop a way to work with you as an individual.

I might know a bit about therapy and trauma, but I no nothing about you and your life. You educate me, about you, in the process so I can help you.

Different training and approaches may be viewed as having many different 'lenses' to be able to see and work with people. Whether you're wanting inner child work, trauma focused work, want somewhere private to talk things over, or you're not sure what you needs are, I'll develop a way of working together that will help you.

I'm pretty easygoing, genuine, open-minded, and I have a warm, accepting  and curious attitude.

There is research to show that normal talking therapies alone are ineffective in treating trauma, and can even embed the trauma further. For example clients who have done talking therapy found themselves talking over and over about the same issue, or just feel you are 'stuck' talking about it didn't change anything and often made it worse.

I know this becuase I originally trained as a Person Centred Therapist in 2003, which I practiced and was in for many years. I discovered that there were many more therapies that go deeper, and could often be more helpful at times. Today, I am trained in more therapies that treat to heal trauma. Some are gentle, some are more focussed, we'll work out what is best for you.

I find the most beneficial therapies that I use are: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing/EMDR, and Eye Movement Integration/EMI, Internal Family Systems/IFS, Lifespan Intergretion, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Brainspotting/BSP (trauma/somatic therapies).

I am also trained and experienced in (although I don't cliaim to be an expert or guru) Attachment & Trauma, Neuroscience (The brain and nervous system) and how this affects recovery. I have also trained in CBT (although I'm probably the least 'CBT therapist' you will find), NLP Professional Coaching, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Solution Focused Counselling. I do not use any intervention that I have not had training in.

More important than all these theories is you, and that I understand you, and can relate to you as an individual. Much of my work encompasses human relationships and the difficulties that arise through being in, or out of them.

Working with me ensures tight confidentiality, without the NHS or 3rd parties sharing your/knowing your personal information.

Overall, I love my work, accompanying and seeing people get to a better place.


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Training, qualifications & experience


It's always a good idea to check through your therapists' experience and training...There are many different qualifications and trainings so it can be quite confusing even to therepists themselves.

ln my experience there is unfortunately no 'silver-bullet' therapy. You'll hear people say it's the relationship, yes and no. This is the foundation of therapy for me, and I now know it takes much more than a good relationship. For example: just because you have a good relationship with your surgeon - doesn't mean they will do a good job, or know how to help every part of your body.

What I've found is that trauma work requires more than just understanding and talking alone..

I have also found that being trained in a number of approaches, has enable me to help more & more people go further and heal at a deeper level.

I have over 20 years of experience gained working within well-known services, with many people, from many kinds of backgrounds. This has expanded my knowledge, and stretched me personally and professionally, making me a flexible, robust and very experienced practitioner, but I won't say I'm any kind of 'super-therapist'. I found that services were often restrictive, which impacted on peoples' recovery, which is why I now only work on a private basis offering something very different to person centred counselling & cbt.

As well as my direct therapy work with individuals, I have provided training and consultation for organisations inc. schools around mental health matters.

My work and practice has been audited and passed by the BACP. This means I have met certain criteria required to evidence that I am ethical in my professional responsibilities as counsellor & psychotherapist. I am also an accredited member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society.

I have also gained BACP Accredited status for organisations who struggled with this.

Prior to my own private practice I have extensive experience working in services which I stopped in 2017. Some of my experience:

*The Priory Therapy Centre & The Priory Residential Hospital Preston* - CQC regulated therapy service. Therapist/counsellor/psychotherapist/assessor - adults - anxiety & depression, BPD, dual diagnosis, drug & alcohol use, relationships, trauma & C/PTS(d). Short to longer-term work.

*Counsellor & psychotherapist* (Merseyside, Manchester, Salford, Wigan) - setting up counselling services within schools, providing counselling & therapy for: pupils, parents/carers, teachers & staff.

*Counselling & psychotherapy* - A BACP Accredited counselling service - A great deal of my work here encompasses short - long term working with both perpetrators and survivors. Common themes I helped with were: abuse, anger/anger management, 'BPD', dual diagnosis, domestic violence, family, personality, relationships, psychosis, PTS(d), schizophrenia & traumatic experiences. I  worked for this counselling service for 6 years, which was funded with thanks to Wigan CCG/NHS.

*Counselling for Liverpool Ltd.* - owner for 19 years - working with people on a private basis providing counselling & psychotherapy for a range of personal issues. Short to long term work. Addiction, anxiety, relationships, and trauma & C/PTSD. Training & Supervision also provided.

*7 Employee assistance programs* - counselling employees from some of Liverpool's employers, and international employers. Telephone & face to face - Adults counsellor/therapist - short-term work (6-8 weeks). Trauma debriefing, intervention, and Management Supervision. I also completed triage mental health assessments and risk assessments on a daily basis.

*Government departments & officials* - I have worked with staff of government departments such as The Home Office, Dept for Education, Dept for Health, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence. I have provided coaching, counselling, crisis/trauma intervention, management support/supervision and psychotherapy to these persons.

*Insurance companies* - I have provided counselling for several large insurance companies who refer people for help with experiences of trauma, accidents and injury

*Counsellor* Inc. for children, parents/carers with experience of trauma - funded by Wigan local authority

*Counsellor & Mental Health Practitioner* - Manchester - mental health assessments & counselling sessions for people with experience of trauma, and substance use. Funded by NHS/CCG

*Relate - The Relationship People* - North & South Greater Manchester - Counsellor & Psychotherapist.

*Face to Face charity* - Manchester -adults counsellor for those with low/no income - voluntary

*Bereavement & Palliative Care Counsellor - Hospitals, medical centres, GP clinics - bereavement, cancer, life-threatening illness, and trauma - Trafford NHS & Macmillan Centre

*Mental health advice/support helplines* - triage assessments, supporting people in crisis, advising professionals & carers on mental health matters.

*Online advice & support* for concerns around self-harm -, now called:

*GP's surgeries & NHS clinics* - counselling, psychotherapy & mental health assessments across Manchester & Wigan

*Therapeutic residential units, residential homes & schools* for people of all ages with moderate-severe Epilepsy, learning & social difficulties including those who have a diagnosis of ASC/Asperges/Autism. Inc The David Lewis Centre.

*Residential/assessment units*, leaving care units for those with 'dual-diagnosis, diagnosed, undiagnosed, awaiting assessment for mental illnesses. Bury, Cheshire, Wirral, Wigan, Manchester.

*Substance misuse counsellor* - NHS/CCG. Working with those using drugs/alcohol, or those relationships affected.

*Suicide prevention* - national charity - providing guidance to professionals & carers. Supporting and intervening with people in crisis, and those experiencing suicidal ideation, and who are actively in the process of suicide.

*The Samaritans* - 2 years 2002 - working with people in crisis, those who are feeling suicidal, and actively pursuing suicide. Telephone, and face to face - Manchester - voluntary

*BSP-UK* - I have assisted at many trainings including Introduction to Brainspotting, Brainspotting Phase 1, 2, 3, and, Brainspotting Online. I have worked in small to larger training groups of up to 100 professional counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other types of therapists.


Professional Qualifications & Training

My training exceeds the minimum requirements to be able to provide counselling under the BACP & NCS regulating bodies.

I am trained in several approaches to therapy, the IFS and somatic approaches are at the heart of my work. 

Only those who are properly trained in IFS Therapy by the IFS Institute can practice IFS, or call themselves an IFS Therapist. Always check anyone practicing IFS are trained at least in IFS lv1 by IFS Insitute . Same goes for EMDR, EMI, Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Lifespan Integration and AEDP.

I read lots, listen to lots, and get lots of top-quality training, which in turn you will benefit from.

My training has been gained through some of the most well-renowned trainers from around the world:

  • AEDP - Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy - Lv1 AEDP Therapist. The Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma: Healing at the Edge of Transformational Experience. Immersion - AEDP is an evidence-based, experiential therapy, with thanks to Dr.Diana Fosher at AEDP Institute NYC. 
  • EMDR/Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapist - Lv 1, 2 & 3 This is a well-known therapy intervention for traumatic experience & complex trauma. EMDR can be quite an intensive treatment..and takes 100% commitment. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy. Official training in EMDR UK & Ireland Accredited Course. With thanks to Dr. Derek Ferrell - Past president of Accrediting body EMDR UK & Ireland. Current Consultant, Accredited EMDR trainer & lecturer. Liverpool, UK. Find out more EMDR Therapy
  • EMDR 2.0 An Enhanced Version of EMDR Therapy.  EMD Bomb,  Flash, Flash Forward, Mental Video Check. Thanks to Dr. Ad De Jongh & Dr.Suzy Matthijssen
  • Brainspotting Phase 1 - British Psychological Society approved training. Cutting edge, and gentle therapy for processing traumatic experiences, amongst other 'difficult to shift' experiences. This approach is also great if you don't want to talk about the problem in detail, BSP uses the integration of neuropsychology and mindfulness. With thanks to Dr. Mark Grixti. Birmingham & Manchester. Find out more: Brainspotting Therapy
  • Brainspotting Phase 2 - British Psychological Society approved training. Enhanced BSP for complex trauma and a range of difficult to process experiences. I have successfully used BSP for addiction, anxiety, dissociative experiences, nightmares, phantom pain, PTSD, sex problems, and unexplained anxiety. With thanks to Dr. Mark Grixti. Brighton & Manchester, UK
  • Brainspotting Phase 3 - BSP training. Fully adaptable, and enhanced BSP approach, able to be used for many 'difficult to process' trauma issues that impact on, creativity, dissociative identity, EGO states, performance, sports enhancement, and complex trauma & PTSD. With thanks to Dr. David Grand (New York), and Mario Salvador and team for hosting. Barcelona, Spain & London, UK
  • Brainspotting Addictions & Trauma - Specialist treatment for all addictions. From chocolate, biscuits, crisps, through to cocaine, drug use, smoking, OCD, & self-harm. This approach incorporates attachment theory, neuroscience, and trauma. With thanks to Dr. Roby Abeles (Australia) - London, UK
  • Brainspotting Masterclass - Enhanced training in the Brainspotting approach & theory. Working with deep-rooted complex trauma networks, and dissociation. With thanks to Dr. David Grand (New York) - Founder of Brainspotting - Barcelona, Spain
  • EMI/Eye Movement Integration Level 1 Practitioner - a specialised Neurotherapy designed to treat trauma & PTSD (distressing memory & experience). This is a hybrid of popular EMDR therapy, it integrates, NLP, metadata, and 24 different eye movements. With thanks to Eva Pollani (Austria) - She is Europe's lead EMI accredited trainer) - Bath, UK. Research
  • EMI/Eye Movement Integration Level 2 + Supervision - this approach has been researched and found to be helpful with phobias and deeper rooted trauma. With thanks to Eva Pollani (Austria/Europe's lead EMI accredited trainer) - Bath, UK.
  • Ego State Therapy with EMDR - 'Parts' Therapy for trauma & C/PTSD from abuse, sexual abuse, and childhood dissociative and non-dissociative ego states with EMDR. With thanks to Robin Shapiro (Seattle, USA). Robin is author of EMDR Solutions 1 & 2, and Trauma Treatment Handbook) - London, UK Find out more: Ego State Therapy
  • Cert IFS/Internal Family Systems - Intensive Lv1- This is the basic requirment needed to practice IFS Therapy. IFS Therapy is a therapy which helps you gain a better sense of Self, and gives a much greater awareness to personality. IFS is a robust theory of personality and is now recognised and evidenced therapy, particularly for trauma. IFS is the fastest growing therapy in the USA and is becoming much more popular in the UK amongst therapists, and non-therapists. IFS works with 'parts' and 'protective parts' of personality. IFS can be helpful to many challenging personality presentations, such as anger, addictions, OCD, complex childhood trauma. IFS is a very mindful, gentle, yet powerful therapy. It is more of a directive therapy, it has a permanent healing component to it, and makes use of 'memory reconsolidation'. Thanks to Dr. Osnat Arbel (Israel) & IFS-UK/IFS Institute & Team. Sheffield, UK. To provide IFS you must have completed this training as a minimum. Internal Family Systems (IFS) has been hailed by Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk, the world's leading expert in trauma, as "the treatment method that all clinicians should know to treat clients effectively." IFS is an evidence based psychotherapy. Find out more here: IFS Therapy
  • Cert IFS/Internal Family Systems Lv2 Intensive - Deepening and Expanding IFS - training to enhance psychotherapists' IFS skill set and knowledge basis. Thanks to Dr. Osnat Arbel (Israel) & IFS-UK/IFS Poland Institute & Team
  • Cert IFS/ Internal Family Systems Lv3 (Highest) - training to enhance psychotherapists' IFS skill set and knowledge basis. With Dr. Richard Schwartz (USA) & IFS Portugal Institute Team.
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS): A Compassionate Approach to Trauma and Addictive Processes.  Studying. Thanks to Cece Sykes & Dr. Richard Schwartz
  • IFS Informed EMDR: EMDR with parts Bruce Hesey LCSW
  • Informed IFS Trauma and Dissociation - with Joanne Twombly & IFSCA
  • Cert IFS Intensive - Treating Complex Trauma - In-depth training in IFS has helped me to become more knowledgeable, confident, and robust using the model. With Thanks to Dr. Frank Anderson (Boston, USA) (CPD Cert)
  • Cert Creating Complex Trauma Clients at the Edge: How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions Dr. Frank Anderson (Boston, USA) (CPD Cert)
  • IFS Masterclass with Robert Falconer (USA): The Farther Reaches of IFS
  • Cert Lifespan Integeration Lv1 & 2 a gentle approach that works by inerwieving the un-concious with the concious. 
  • The Integrated Trauma Therapist: Incorporating IFS with AEDP, EMDR, SP, CPT, DBT and Psychedelic Medicines for Treating Complex Trauma and PTSD. Frank Anderson, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Richard Schwartz (CPD Cert)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • Polyvagal Theory, Oxycontin, and the Neurobiology of Love -  London, UK. With thanks to Dr. Stephen Porges Author and creator of 'The Polyvagal Theory' & Dr. Sue Carter (North Carolina, USA) (CPD Cert)
  • Integration of Mind, Brain, & Body in the Treatment of Trauma - London, UK. With thanks to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk - (Boston, USA) - Author of 'The Body Keeps The Score' (CPD Cert)
  • Broken Bonds: Traumatic Attachment and Affect Dysregulation - London, UK. With thanks to Dr. Janina Fisher - (Boston, USA) - Author of 'Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors' (CPD Cert)
  • Stabilising the Unstable - With thanks to Dr. Janina Fisher (CPD Cert)
  • Treating Dissociative Disorders (with EMDR & Parts/Ego States) - Dr. Dolores Mosquera & Kathy Steele (CPD Cert)
  • Returning to Wholeness - Understanding and Integrating Trauma - with Dr. Gabor Maté
  • Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing ® - Somatic Experiencing International - with thanks to Isabell Correa
  • Postgraduate - Person-Centred Therapy & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Level 7 This training also included 3rd Wave CBT techniques such as mindfulness, and exposure techniques. Temenos - Sheffield, UK. with thanks to Dr. Joe Curran & Linda Smith
  • Accredited BACP Diploma Level 4 - Theory & Practice of Counselling (This course specialised in, and was renowned for Person-Centred Psychotherapy training - Person-Centred Counselling Services (PCCS) Training Partnership - PCCS was renowned for its radical training and approach. It was one of the first soley person-centered training centres in the UK - Manchester.  Although Person Centred Therapy is not strictly 'evidence based, it is recognised as helpful to common mental health problems. With thanks to Frances McDonnell & Tracey Walshaw
  • Accredited Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (CECCH). inc. EMDR, EFT, Ego State Therapy, Eriksonian Hypnosis, NLP Professional Coaching, 'Rewind Technique', Solution Focused Counselling & Hypnotherapy - Birmingham, UK
  • Cert in Counselling Supervision - British Psychological Society/BPS approved training - Skills Development Centre. Manchester, UK
  • Diploma in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) Wigan UK, With thanks to Marylin Tucknott (Canada)
  • Cert in NLP Professional Coaching  - CEC - Birmingham, UK. Get motivated, set & achieve goals, work beyond blocks, and stay on track.
  • Cert in Solution Focused Hypno-Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Counselling Skills, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy - CEC - Birmingham, UK. With thanks to Nick Cooke
  • Counselling Skills Level 3 - ABC Awards - Manchester, UK. With thanks to Gail Jardine
  • Counselling Concepts Level 2 - ABC Awards - Manchester, UK. With thanks to Gail Jardine
  • Cert of Proficiency BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MNCS Accredited & BSP Approved Cert in Supervision

I believe qualifications and training are very important. I believe what is more important is: experience, where/who you trained with, and therapists' trauma knowledge and how to work with it. Your commitment to the therapy process will be a crucial element to the outcome of therapy.


Professional Development & Further Training

I commit to more than the 30 required hours of Certified CPD/ongoing training every year. I've trained with some of the most revolutionary pioneers in psychotherapy and neuroscience in my field.

Most recently I have completed over 1000 hours CPD/further training in the past 5 years.

On top of this I have had and continue to have a minimum of 1.5 hours professional, individual supervision per month for the past 19 years.

Some of my further CPD includes:

  • Anger Management
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T) - Living Works
  • Attachment theory & adoption training
  • Bereavement/loss & palliative care counselling - NHS/Trafford Bereavement & Palliative Care Service
  • Child & Adult safeguarding Lv3/4
  • The Neurobiology of Compassion: Clinical Applications for Therapists
  • Conflict resolution
  • Counter-terrorism training (WRAP)
  • Counselling young people - Relate
  • Couples & relationship counselling - PCCS Training Partnership
  • Data protection & GDPR 2019
  • Domestic violence - Relate
  • Effects of childhood traumatic stress on physical & mental health - Dr. Maté
  • Family support - Beechwood cancer care
  • First Aid 2017
  • Group work - NHS
  • Gestalt therapy dream work
  • Hakomi Introduction - Mallorca - Dr Halko Weiss
  • Health & safety - QCF
  • IFS Compassion for Addictive Processes Cece Sykes LCSW, ACSW; IFS Senior Trainer
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) legacy and cultural burdens: essential information - Kay Gardener
  • Informed IFS Trauma and Dissociation -  with Joanne Twombly & IFSCA
  • Intro to Gestalt therapy - Brian McMinn
  • Intro to Existential Psychotherapy - New School of Psychotherapy - Dr. Emmy van Deurzen
  • Polyvagal Theory - Dr. Deb Dana
  • Polyvagal Theory during the COVID-19 pandemic: Deb Dana on creating safety and connection through online technology
  • Supporting LGBTQIA 🏳️‍🌈 + mental health 
  • Mental health - NHS
  • Self-harm - Teaching School Alliance
  • Suicide TALK - Living Works
  • Timian (challenging behaviour) - BILD
  • Trauma-informed practice & scope
  • Treating Complex Trauma Clients at the Edge: How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions - Frank Anderson
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Young people, sex & the law

ICO registered 2024

To see a fuller description of what I do, and the experience & training I have gained go to Counselling in Liverpool

Many different professionals & people come to see me inc: 

actors, artists, business persons, consultants, engineers, lecturers, medical professionals, musicians, office workers, parents/carers, religious persons, scientists, sports persons, solicitors, students, teachers, trades-persons, travellers, and young people. Most of my clients today tend to be professionals and the self employed in their 30's - 60's, but I've worked with people from many many walks of life..

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Neurotherapy - scientifically based psychotherapy for trauma, PTSD, and addiction

AEDP, BSP, EMDR, EMI, IFS, LI & SP are deep, and the most powerful forms of psychotherapy that I have had personally & professionally used. You may wait months to years for EMDR on the NHS... if you are even able to access it. The other therapies are not usually available through the NHS or EAP services. Some are starting to be recognised and used, such as LI & SP are used in specialist areas of the NHS such as The Maudsley Hospital

You may have had EMDR before, and not got along well with it - don't worry I don't do EMDR like they do in the NHS. I am able to make adaptations to EMDR and combine it with other more helpful methods rather than being a rigid protocol.

More and more research now showing that traditional 'talking therapies' are not that effective as a way of healing trauma. Trauma is more than a memory, it leaves a physical imprint on your nervous system/senses. Therefore trauma is both mental and physical, so traditional 'talking therapies' and CBT are limited in some ways. For example: if you had a trauma/cut to your skin, talking about it won't really help - it needs an appropriate treatment for it to heal correctly.

Scientifically normal talking therapies such a Solution-Focused Therapy and CBT create an 'adaptive neural network' in the brain to help you feel better. AEDP, Brainspotting, EMDR, EMI, IFS, LI & SP therapies go down the line of the ruptured neural network healing the ruptured neurons in the brain as they go, and then these therapies add an additional 'adaptive network'. Basically, this means that Brainspotting, EMDR, EMI, SP & IFS therapies don't just paper over the cracks, they do a more thorough job, which prevents relapse over the same issues.

I consider BSP, SP, EMDR & IFS to be the most beneficial forms of therapy that I incorporate. 'Talking therapy' gets you so far, and these more unique therapies get you the rest of the way!

Treating certain traumas with talking therapies is like trying to talk an ankle injury better - it might help you feel a little less stressed, but there's much more that can be done. BSP, EMDR, EMI & IFS therapy work with your whole nervous system to help you recover.

  • Neurotherapy & Somatic therapies (brain/body-based therapies) have been used to help regulate and process, anxiety, anger, cravings, trauma & PTS(d) symptoms. EMDR, EMI & BSP are scientifically based and are researched to prove beneficial in many circumstances. BSP goes much deeper into the nervous system than traditional talking therapies, as they work subcortical regions of the brain. They are also used for addictions by going deep into brain regions where the 'reward system' is.
  • Trauma-focused therapy - Specialist quick EMI treatment for traumatic events no matter how long ago they were. EMI has been used successfully for abuse, bullying, crimes inc. knife & gun crimes, road traffic incidents, sexual abuse, rape, and witnessing of traumatic incidents (secondary trauma). Most people will not identify their trauma as trauma. I work with lots of people who witness trauma in their work, and people that have had trauma happen to them.

What could a trauma be?

Numerous experiences could cause trauma. Trauma is the wound caused by experience. Most people who have experienced trauma would not class it as such, and/or 'downplay' it.

  • a prolonged stressful period
  • abuse & attacks
  • adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • bullying
  • developmental trauma
  • drug-induced trauma
  • injury inc. sporting injuries
  • 'incidents'
  • narcissistic abuse from another
  • neglect & abandonment
  • a near-death experience and severe illness
  • pre-verbal & pre-birth trauma
  • rejection from parent/loved one
  • sexual trauma
  • significant loss
  • surgery
  • traumatic birth & in utero trauma
  • witnessing a traumatic incident, injury or a death

Please note the labels below are just that. I do not believe they are 'disorders' and more a phenomena that occur on a spectrum. I do not use these labels, but some people have acquired them through a self-diagnosis, or have a more official diagnosis from a psychiatrist. Please note that most GPs cannot diagnose these kinds of 'disorders' however they may be able to diagnose anxiety or depression. These kind of conditions require more than counselling to treat them.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

I find the label largely unhelpful, people are not 'disordered'. People are multiplicity and have 'protective parts' of their personality through traumatic episodes. I see that people that carry this label are deeply hurt, display trauma symptoms, and have created adaptive and protective ways of being.

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

This is a way of viewing personality. A person who has been involved in heavy trauma can have fragmented & polarized 'Parts'. These Parts of personality can become protective so that they overtake you/Self and become rigid parts. Sometimes because the protectors overtake they also hold experiences and memories of their own, so Self remains safe. Dissociation is normal and an everyday occurrence. It can come in many forms: daydreaming, overwhelming feelings, extreme mood swings, memory loss, fear, feeling childlike, falling asleep, unwanted behaviours, waking up in not knowing how you got there... I am by no means an expert in this area but can work with you if you would like.

Everyone has 'parts', and everyone dissociates sometimes, and some people dissociate more often than others.

Dissociative Amnesia

Following on from above, parts can protect another hurt part that holds an upsetting memory, or there may be extreme parts of the personality that create an amnesia between each other. People will have this to different degrees - think of who you are at work and at home... A common example: At home you may not be able to recall a work password - however, when you are at work you may be able to recall it.

Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD)

Most people with this condition have suffered abuse or bullying around their looks, or maybe it was a relative.. The lens people look at themselves through can become distorted through trauma. Accompanying this can be behaviours/conditions like bulimia, dieting, eating habits.

My trauma work is greatly influenced by Dr.Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dr.David Grand, Dr.Diane Fosher, Dr.Dan Siegal, Dr.Deb Dana, Dr.Gabor Mate, Dr..Janina Fisher, Dr.Peter Lavine, Dr.Richard Schwartz, Dr. R.D Laing, Kathy Steel, Dolores Mosquera, Robin Shapiro, and Dr.Stephen Porges.


£80.00 - £200.00

Additional information

One:One Sessions

My fees are excellent in respect to my experience, and specialist further training. There is no obligation to continue after your first session, however not all therapeutic interventions can not be applied in one session.

(I charge the same for any approach I use, as you are paying me for my experience, extensive training, time and skills, not so much the techniques)


Longer Sessions

As I have a lot more to offer these days besides traditional talk therapy, I find that people get more from longer sessions.. Therapies such as IFS, Lifespan Integration and EMDR usually benefit, and may need to be 1.5 hours to complete the process in each session.

If you've been in therapy before, you may be familiar with feeling constricted with only 50 minutes.

1.5 hour sessions give us longer to process, allows us to slow down, and helps us relax more into the session. The more relaxed you are, the more easily your brain will be able to make the changes you require. As well as this, some therapies take longer to implement as there is more to do than talk!

  • I recommend extended sessions for EMI, EMDR, or IFS work - 1.5 hour sessions. From - £140.00 - More helpful for: Anxiety, Trauma & C/PTS(d) and those who feel they want 'more' therapy from therapy.


Consultation/Supervision for Therapists & Professionals

  • Qualified therapists only. I work with therapists who work with trauma or who are 'eclectic' in their approach. Must be trauma-informed. I like to work with people in addition to their regular supervision.
  • Professionals. I help support professionals such as Teachers, Therapeutic workers, psychologists in their work through a trauma lens' This also helps prevent 'burnout'.
  • I integrate Brainspotting, IFS/Parts Therapy and mindfulness if willing into your supervision so that you can be more effective and present with your clients/patients.

I accept the following payments online: Amex, Bank Transfer, Cash, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit.

I do not offer any 'concession', 'free' or 'introductory' sessions, this is because I am working in all my sessions.

I do not work with students who need counselling hours for their counselling studies - I do work with those who want to heal their own trauma to enable them to better help their clients.

I want you to get where you want to be quickly and efficiently, so we start therapy as soon as possible. I do not need to waste your time with interviews, unnecessary assessments, or form filling - we go straight into therapy.


(All missed or cancelled appointments with less than 48hrs notice are to be paid for)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Monday - Friday 8.00am - 8.00pm
  • Saturdays 8.00am - 1.00pm
  • Face To Face & Online
  • 24 Hour Self Booking System through my website
  • All appointments subject to what others have already booked.

Further information

All appointments are subject to availability, and what others have already booked.

  • Sessions available 8.00am - 8.00pm
  • Monday to Saturday
  • Free on-site car parking
  • 15-min minute walk from Liverpool South Parkway train station
  • Close to Cafés/Restaurants, Supermarkets, Speke Retail Shopping Centre, and Gyms.

A list of my popular web pages:

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Please be aware that everybody will have their own unique experience of therapy… I have thousands of testimonials from feedback from services, it would be unrealistic to list them all. Some words, from some of my clients:

“Chris is a very knowledgeable and supportive supervisor. His wide breadth of understanding of different modalities has helped me to evaluate my practice and review areas where I have felt stuck with clients. His willingness to consider my point of view, even when perhaps we haven’t fully agreed, has enabled me to step back from ideas which I have been holding on to and to reconsider things in different ways to the benefit of my clients.” A person centred supervisee, 2020

'I hadn't any experience of coaching before, so I didn't know what to expect, and found it helpful. Through the sessions,it became really clear what it was that was holding me back. I also found the beliefs I had, didn't fit with who I am, and this was also limiting me'. A Client 2018

'I have seen counsellors before, but Chris has been the only one that I felt has really helped. A huge thank you!'. A Client 2018

'Chris was easy to talk to, a good listener, and he helped me a lot!'. A Client 2017

'Counselling has transformed my existence, and it doesn't bear thinking about how I would have been without it, and I shall always be grateful. A Client - 2007.

Counselling For Liverpool Ltd, Office 19, Mersey House, 140 Speke Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 2PH

Liverpool, Merseyside, L18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I use Zoom for online sessions - Online sessions will be automatically set to Zoom which you will get a link for upon booking. Free on site car parking for face to face appointments.

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In person

I offer consultation in addition to your regular supervision - It may help to get input from a different professional/supervisor from time to time.

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Chris Rudyard
Chris Rudyard