Hello. I'm Christina and I'd like to tell you about the ways in which I work. I'm a Relational Counsellor which means I believe the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of achieving what you want from your therapy. With that in place we can then explore the ways in which you relate to partners, family, friends and colleagues both now and in the past. My Relational approach integrates the Psychodynamic and Imago Therapy, looking at past experiences to help us understand present behaviour and feelings and Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Family Systems and Transactional Analysis (TA).
I always aim to work alongside my clients, exploring their difficulties, enabling them to achieve the outcomes we have mutually agreed would be beneficial. I think it's important to work with the whole person, so if you are experiencing anxiety I would suggest strategies to help you cope with the symptoms as well as exploring any possible reasons. I'm very interested in the role the gut biome plays in our physical and mental health and am known to ask my clients what they are doing to help their gut!
I have counselled individuals and couples with a wide range of issues for 28 years in various settings, but my independent practice is now based at The Tower Clinic in Cookridge. At present I am only working via Zoom, WhatsApp or telephone.
In addition to general counselling I also offer a service for adults, including couples, on the autistic spectrum as well as those with ADHD.
I am happy to talk with you about how I work and answer questions before you decide to have a first session.
At the first appointment we will have the opportunity to discuss your difficulties. We will talk about what you want to achieve from counselling and whether it will benefit you. You can experience my counselling approach and we can decide if we want to work together. It's important that we feel comfortable with each other. Some issues can be resolved in a few sessions of short term counselling, others may require more in-depth longer term counselling.
As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by its Code of Ethics and Practice and subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure.
To find out more about me please visit my website: www.cdawsoncounsellingleeds.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Experience
I trained with Relate in 1992 and worked at Leeds Relate for 14 years counselling couples and individuals with a wide range of relationship difficulties. I counselled in several GP surgeries working with many issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss.
I established my independent practice as a counsellor in 2000. I also work with several Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) who provide general counselling for employees, including work-related difficulties and stress management.
I trained and worked as a telephone counsellor for Relate Direct and several EAPs.
I trained in counselling people on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD and other neurodiversity issues with Aspire Training. I attend a monthly CPD (continuing professional development) workshop to continue to learn and augment my skills and knowledge in counselling for neurodiversity. My supervisor is also a specialist in this area of counselling.
I regularly update my knowledge and skills in general counselling by attending conferences, courses and workshops.
MA (Psychological Therapies)
Post Graduate Certificate (Working with Diversity)
Relate Qualified (Cert C C Relate)
BA (Hons) English Literature
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Clients who do not have clearly defined issues but feel empty, lacking in direction, dissatisfied or that they need to find meaning in their lives.
My fees are:
Students and trainee counsellors £40.00