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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There are usually daytime appointments available Monday to Friday and I do work some evenings.
Types of client
Supervision & training