My name is Christine Boyd and I have been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist in the Thames Valley, near Reading, and in Paddington, London for the past eighteen years. I am fully committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
I work with individuals for an agreed time period or on a longer-term basis, or in a Group. I also work with couples for Couples Counselling. The aim is to enable you to enhance your life and to live it more fully as you increasingly realise your potential.
I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with:
- Panic Attacks
- Addictions and eating problems
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA Psych.)
Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (Adv Dip. Psych.)
Member of the British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Registered member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Advanced Certificate in Dream Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), experienced Solution Focussed Brief Therapist, Certificate in Hypnotherapy.
Diploma in Supervision
Diploma in Couple Counselling
I have been a psychotherapist and counsellor now for a number of years and have worked with both individuals and couples. I, and my clients, feel that my skills have allowed me to work well in both cases. I have also worked with young adolescents.
For long-term psychotherapy the model I use is an integrative approach, which will include a substantial component of dream analysis, and for shorter-term counselling either cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or solution focused brief therapy. I find that these approaches tend to best meet the needs of individual clients in our hectic, modern world.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I'm available for daytime and evening appointments
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. So what happens when I first contact you?
A. We will have a talk by telephone and I will tell you about my practice and answer any questions that you may have. If you are OK with the replies, then we can arrange an initial consultation, where I will gather a picture of where you are now and the initial issues that you may want to deal with.
Q. Where will these consultations be held?
A. Either in Sonning Common, which is between Henley-on-Thames and Reading, or at my other practice at Little Venice, London; which is just 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station.
Q. What happens during a session?
A. An individual session lasts for fifty minutes, group sessions are longer. We will talk about the issues that are concerning you. This might involve talking through things that have happened during the week and how you are feeling or thinking about them, or events that may have happened in the past or your hopes for the future. It will certainly include talking about any dreams that you may have had, as these can be very important. I will help to bring lasting meaning and understanding to your thoughts, feelings and your reaction to different circumstances.
Q. How often do the sessions take place?
Usually once a week, although there may be unusual cirmcumstances which may suggest a higher frequency, at least in the short-term.
Q. When will I feel better?
A. Therapy is not a magic wand. At times it can be difficult and it may not give you the answer to all of your issues. But, like a pendulum, while it may swing from side to side, in a third axis it will be moving you forward all the time.
Q. How long does therapy take?
A. Until you are comfortable with where you are. Unless there are any unusual circumstances, the choice is yours.
Q. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
A. If you imagine a brick wall, Counselling is making a repair to the wall. Psychotherapy is knocking parts of it down and rebuilding it. Inevitably the latter is more thorough, but takes longer than the former.