Dr Christine Bonsmann, MBACP(Accd),UKCP (Accd), MBPsS, DProf, MProf, MSc, MBA
Stoke On Trent
There are many different types of therapy and psychological help, and it can be very confusing trying to find someone who may be able to help you when you are feeling lost, worried or low. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to look at your thoughts and feelings and process experiences which may be bothering you. It can help you with the things which keep you awake at night. It can also help you to gain a new perspective on your situation, to make some changes so that you can feel happier with your situation, or to accept how things are. It's a chance to take a good hard look at your life and decide how you would like the rest of your life to be.
It can be a challenging experience telling someone you don't know about your life and perhaps things you've never spoken about before but it can also be a significant relief. It can help you to understand situations you never thought you would find yourself in, for example being harassed online, having an affair, or losing your job. Working through things you are worried about with a skilled professional can enable you to begin a process of change and be a rewarding and life-changing experience. It can help you to understand yourself, and to be kinder and more accepting of yourself and others. It can enable you to improve your relationships both at home and at work. If you feel that you have no friends or anyone to rely on, it can help you to explore ways to change this. It can also help you to find your voice or find your way forward if you are feeling stuck. My key areas of experience and expertise are:
Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Stress
Anxiety can ruin your life and it can also make your life feel very small. It can inform every thought and decision you make or fail to make. I have considerable experience helping people to develop coping strategies to manage anxiety, to understand anxiety and to explore ways to alleviate anxiety. Clients have told me that they able to live their lives in a more fulfilling way after counselling, free from the burden of unhelpful anxiety. If you feel socially anxious, it can feel particularly difficult to access counselling and I am experienced in helping people who feel this way.
Depression, Feeling Sad, Postnatal Depression, Loss
Depression can lead to a vicious circle of inactivity. It can make it hard to get up in the morning, let alone do anything productive. Feeling depressed or low can be a very lonely experience and sometimes other people try and fix you by telling you to 'get on with it'. Counselling can help you to work through your feelings and difficulties in a safe, confidential and non-pressurised space. Clients often say that counselling has enabled them to gain self-understanding and self-awareness, and that it has supported them to make changes and/or feel happier.
Relationship Issues, Separation, Divorce, Affairs, Betrayals
I work with couples who are experiencing problems in their relationships to explore their needs and to find out how and/or if they wish to develop their relationships. I help clients to work through and make sense of the feelings associated with relationship breakdowns, separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals. I have undertaken training in couples counselling to inform this specialist work. I also work with individuals who experience difficulties in relationships to understand what happens and to explore what goes wrong. Clients often report that counselling helps them to understand themselves better and that this helps them to understand others better, which enables them to engage in positive relationships both at home and work.
Work Issues, Career Problems, Work Stress
For many people work is a key part of their lives and is connected to how they see and define themselves. It is understandable then that any problems at work can spill over into the other areas of life and feel destabilising and a source of unhappiness. It may be that you are not sure if you are in the right career, feel stuck or unappreciated, feel overwhelmed or are finding it hard to manage work relationships. I have worked with clients with work problems for several years. I have held senior managerial positions in the past and have worked in different cultures and have insight into the complexities of the workplace. I have considerable experience in coaching individuals in the workplace.
It is important to find the right person to work with. Please refer to my website www.christinebonsmanncounselling.co.uk for more information about counselling and how it could help you and also to get a sense of who I am and how I work. I have written a lot on my website to help you make an informed decision.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). These two organisations are the largest accrediting bodies for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK, and accredited membership provides that members work to high ethical standards, engage in regular clinical consultation for their work and undertake continuing professional development activities. I am an experienced and accredited therapist and have worked in a number of settings including the NHS, where I have helped to set up counselling services. I am able to offer short-term or long-term therapy as required and have several years experience in private practice. I have a wide experience working with clients experiencing low mood or feeling worried and disappointed about how their life and relationships are turning out. In addition, I am experienced in helping clients to overcome difficulties in the workplace and to find a way to navigate the difficulties of work relationships and to develop their careers.
I will treat you as an individual. I won't try to offer you a diagnosis or treat you like every other client with 'this or that'. I will try to understand you and your story, and work with you to find a way to help you feel better about you. I'll try and be realistic with you about what can be achieved. Counselling doesn't work for everyone. Some people want to be told what to do but I can't do this. Further, I am not a GP and am unable to recommend or prescribe medication. I trust you to know whether I am helping you and whether my way of working suits you. There is never any pressure to continue with counselling. You decide, not me. I will encourage you to tell me if you think another approach might be helpful or if you feel counselling is not meeting your needs.
I am committed to my work and have invested in my professional training and research. I have received training in the three main widely-recognised types of therapy: humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and brief psychodynamic therapy. I draw on these trainings to tailor an approach which suits your needs and preferences. I have also undertaken specialist certified training in couples counselling. Further I have successfully completed a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I keep up to date with the latest thinking and research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
My research interests are concerned with how clients experience therapy, and this research helps to inform my practice and is helpful to other practitioners. I am a published author in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and my peer-reviewed published papers inform the practice of other counsellors and help clients to understand the therapy process. I have presented my research at international conferences, most recently at the BACP Annual Research Conference 2017 which is an internationally acclaimed conference in counselling and psychotherapy. I have also delivered workshops to counselling and psychotherapy students at doctoral level and am qualified to supervise other counsellors’ work.
In my previous career I worked as a Financial Controller in the City. I understand the complexities of corporate life and the challenges of working across different cultures and disciplines. I also understand the emptiness of trying to please other people and the frustrations of corporate politics.
Could counselling help me?
I recognise that suffering can take many forms and be an isolating experience, particularly if you feel you are not ‘entitled’ to feel low because you are comparing yourself to others. It can be very unhelpful to compare yourself to other people. Inevitably there will always be people worse off than you but this does not diminish your needs. If something is bothering you then it matters to you and we can work on that.
If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, then please ring on 0795 006 4086 or email me at email@example.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can and this will usually be within 24 hours. I know it can be hard to ask for help and you may be worried about what to say. I'll do my best to appreciate that and we can figure out the way forward together. If you are concerned about a family member or friend then they would need to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- MSc Counselling Psychology (Distinction)
- Master of Professional Practice (Health and Social Care) (Distinction)
- PG Diploma Counselling Psychology
- PG Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health
- Advanced Diploma CBT
- Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training
- Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Transactional Analysis 101 Training
- Certificate in Counselling
- Certificate in Supervision
- EMDR Part1
- Researcher in the field of counselling and psychotherapy
- Published author in the field of counselling and psychotherapy
Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Accredited Member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (BPS)
Founding Member of BACP Coaching Division
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Current fees for appointments:
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the end of each session by the client.
Telephone counselling sessions are payable in advance.
I have some limited spaces for low-income clients and concessions are discussed on an individual basis. I am interested in making therapy accessible for those in need.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible availability. Evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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