Chris Lewis MBACP (Accred.)
Counselling can help you to understand yourself and your relationships with those around you better. It can assist you to make informed choices or decisions, come to terms with your situation or find better ways of coping.
I can offer you a confidential and supportive space to share your thoughts and feelings and explore the areas of your life you would like to change. I aim to help you to find your own answers to difficulties and make choices about your life. To help you explore your thoughts and feelings, I will listen, respond and sometimes challenge you. This process may take a few weeks, or may involve longer term therapy. I can work with you on your own or with a partner.
I believe that human beings become who they are through their changing relationships with other people, as well as a range of social, cultural and environmental influences. For this reason, in sessions we may focus on your current experiences and relationships and, if relevant, explore how these may relate to your previous experiences and relationships. At times we might explore the experiences that may emerge within the therapeutic relationship too.
My approach is integrative, which means I use a variety of therapy models to find a way of working which suits your needs. For example, if you would like to work in a creative way beyond simply talking I can facilitate this and you can bring drawings, dreams, poetry and music to sessions if this is helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist and have been practising as an integrative counsellor since 2007. I am also a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Psychotherapist and qualified supervisor of other counsellors. I am also an Integrative Psychosexual Therapist, working with individuals and relationships on their sexual issues.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from London Metropolitan University, a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at Royal Holloway University, a Diploma in Integrative Supervision from CPPD and a Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy from the Centre for Psychosexual Health . I have also taken part in continuing professional development to develop my skills around a range of issues e.g. substance misuse, anger, relationships, working with gender and sexual minorities, trauma.
Apart from my private practice, I work as a senior therapist supervising other therapists in an NHS psychological therapies team. I have previously worked for counselling services in the voluntary sector and have also worked for organisations supporting young people, people with alcohol problems, victims of crime and older people.
As a member of the BACP, the professional and regulatory body for counsellors, I work within their ethical framework and guidelines for good practice (please go to bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework for further details). I also adhere to the BABCP and COSRT standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
From £60 to £75 per 50 minute session. A small number of concessionary places of £40-55 are also available in the daytime but there is usually a waiting list for these places.
For relationship therapy my fee is £100- £130 for a 75 minute session.
My counselling practice is based in Ranelagh Road, London N17 6XZ.
To get there:
Tube: Victoria line services to Seven Sisters is a 12-15 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride.
Bus: Buses 230 and 341 are a 2 minute walk or buses 76, 149, 259, 279, 318, 349 and 476 are a 5 minute walk.
Train: From Liverpool Street or Enfield to Seven Sisters station, which is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride or Bruce Grove, which is a 5 minute walk.
Please call or email me if you would like to find out more.