Christina Dawson- Counselling for Individuals and Couples
Hello. I'm Christina and I'd like to tell you about the ways in which I work. I'm a highly experienced Relational Counsellor which means I believe our therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors within our work together. Just being heard and really listened to is the first step as we explore what has prompted you to seek counselling. Sometimes goals are clear, 'I want to manage my anxiety better' , sometimes people are feeling confused and not sure what is bothering them or causing problems in their relationships. I offer a safe space for you to explore, understand and decide what is the best outcome for you.
The Relational Model recognises the importance of relationships in our early development, in shaping our sense of self and our adult experience. Imago Couples Therapy is an integrative model based on the belief that past relationships and experience have influenced present behaviour and feelings and choice of partner.
As an integrative therapist I also use what I have learnt and discovered from attending further training and CPD workshops, my own life experience and what I I have learnt from my clients.
I always aim to work alongside my clients, exploring their difficulties, working collaboratively to enable them to achieve the outcomes we have mutually agreed would be beneficial. I am not a passive therapist. I think it's important to work with the whole person, so for example, if you are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks I would suggest strategies to help you cope with the symptoms as well as exploring any possible underlying reasons.
I have counselled individuals and couples with a wide range of issues for 29 years in various settings, including counselling staff of Leeds Hospital Trust, patients in G P surgeries and EAPs (Employee Assistance Providers) to counsel their clients' employees. I have experience in counselling clients in their eighties and nineties. In addition to my professional role I am also a carer for a family member and understand the pressures involved.
In addition to general counselling I also offer a service for adults, including couples, on the autistic spectrum as well as those with ADHD.
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.
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.
If you would like to discuss anything further contact me on 07932 549 434 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 also counselled in several GP surgeries for the Relate surgery counselling service, 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 have counselled Leeds Hospitals Trust Staff for their external staff counselling service.
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
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
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.
Concessions offered for
My fees are:
Students and trainee counsellors £40.00
Although weekly sessions are deemed best to start with I can be flexible with appointments and some of my clients attend fortnightly to spread the cost or to accommodate shift patterns.
I usually work mornings Mon-Thurs 9.30 - 2pm and Wed evenings but can be flexible so please ask me.
I am only working on line at present- Zoom, WhatsApp or phone.