Dr. Christina Bracegirdle PhD
Having discovered the benefits of personal counselling when I needed help to manage some of life's experiences I eventually trained as a counsellor myself. Being a client enabled me to make the choice to change and improve my quality of life. Now as a counsellor with more than 20 years experience of working in agency settings and working privately I am able to offer the benefit of a wide range of experience to potential clients. Research has given me access to the client's experience of counselling from their perspective and has both confirmed and added to the value I place on the relationship formed with clients. I work from eclectic/existential perspective as well as linking the way past experiences may impact on the present. The relationship clients form with me enables them to understand what happens in their relationships with others.
Training, qualifications & experience
I took three years working towards a Post graduate diploma in counselling and while training took up a placement within a counselling agency. Some years later I registered as a PhD candidate as I was interested in learning more about the client's experience of counselling. Attaining each of these qualifications changed my life and understanding of the possible impact of counselling.
As a co-ordinator of counselling I gained several years experience of running an agency and also have six years experience as a group supervisor of both trainee and qualified counsellors.
I have worked as a counselling trainer at certificate and diploma levels in both university and agency settings.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am able to offer supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors. As I trained in both psychodynamic and person centred counselling I am able to offer supervision from an eclectic standpoint. I have a strong sense of the importance of empathy both for the client and for the counsellor in supervision.
Having trained in an agency setting I have a commitment to clients to offer counselling at affordable rates in relation to their income. I therefore base my rates on a sliding scale between £45 and £80 per session so that clients can decide what they think they can afford. Also I am always willing to discuss fees as this is such an important part of the work.
Having experienced some trauma in my own life experience I have added to my training in order to guide others through tramatic experiences. Whether trauma is experienced in childhood or more recently it has a tendency to still bother us in the form of flashbacks and it is possible to work with such experiences in order to move to a more comfortable way of being.