Christopher Pollock MBACP (Accred.)
I am a counsellor & psychotherapist who can help you resolve issues that stop you achieving your full potential.
My training and personal style are humanistic -- which means I am primarily concerned to meet your needs, listening carefully and compassionately, without judging. It is very important to me that I practise ethically, and that I preserve your confidentiality as strictly as possible.
I usually work with individuals in weekly sessions of fifty minutes for as long as we agree is appropriate (a minimum of about eight sessions is normal), or with couples for a more limited number of longer sessions a few weeks apart.
I work in a comfortable room on a quiet residential street in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, with easy on-street parking.
I have experience of helping with issues including bereavement and loss, relationships, depression, anxiety and stress, sex and sexuality, dealing with trauma, managing anger and rage, self-esteem, confidence, shame, and addictions.
The common background to all of these is that we all need to feel heard and understood, and to feel a connection with another. I can provide that, in a safe and private space, independent of your family and friends.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters in Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Skills, and a Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I also attend other training sessions on a regular basis.
My training has mainly been in Transactional Analysis, also known as TA. This has elements of cognitive and behavioural therapies, while also paying attention to relationship and psychodynamic characteristics. (If that sounds like a mouthful, don't worry! -- the theory is to help me serve you better, not for you to learn.)
I have also completed the first level of training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have also had training in areas such as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I follow their ethical code. Through the BACP, I am also on the voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I have been offering counselling and psychotherapy since 2003, and I have worked with a wide range of clients on a wide range of issues. I have worked in private practice, in a general counselling agency, and in a university counselling service. I have also worked with companies and insurance agencies.
In addition, I have considerable life experience, including time spent as a volunteer at a psychiatric unit in a local hospital.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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I offer a free initial session of 30 minutes, to give an opportunity of finding out what it would be like to work together.
My standard fee is currently £45 per 50 minute session (for individuals), and £68 per 75 minute session (for couples) -- but talk to me if you have concerns about costs.
I can accept payment by cash, card, cheque or bank transfer.
My main concern is to establish a good relationship with you, to listen, and to work with you to help you understand how you think, feel and behave. Then we can work together to help you find ways to change, if that seems right.
I am especially interested in how mindfulness can help resolve mental health difficulties.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays to Wednesdays, including early evenings.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I trained in an integrative model of supervision at the University of Southampton.View supervision profile