Christopher Clow Psychotherapy Counselling MA B.Sc PG-Dip BACP Reg & Sen. Accred
Individuals, Couples, Families
(Depending on Government restrictions and infection numbers in the Area, I will offer Telephone or video appointments)
In Practice since 2001 working with .....Anxiety, General Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Depression, Alcohol, Addiction, Despair, Sadness, Panic, Adjustment, Uncertainty, Rage, Relationships, Worry, Depression, Bereavement/Loss, Affairs, Betrayal, Shame, Guilt, Self esteem, Self worth, OCD, Low Mood, Trauma, Crisis, Self harm, Suicidal thoughts, Confidence, Self Belief, Cancer, Homesickness, Post Natal Depression, Separation, Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Violence, Crime, Assertiveness, Parenting, Co-dependency, Childhood Trauma, Neglect , Relationship Abuse including-emotional-physical- and sexual- both in childhood or adulthood, in same or opposite gender relationships ...... and many other concerns that can affect you today.
- When we keep things locked up inside.... that's where they stay.
- We often worry about things that haven't .... and may not happen.
- The way to solve problems... is to live a life in a way that makes them disappear.
- Coming to therapy can be challenging, painful and also an enlightening process of discovery.
- If you find yourself struggling in a sea of uncertainty, stay calm and discover what's dragging you down and make a choice in the the direction you swim.
- Understanding the story behind you....can help you make sense of your story today.
- Happiness isn't always about getting what you want.... It's about wanting what you get.
- If you take care about what you eat, then take care about what you feed your mind...
- Acceptance, adjustment and adapting...
Today we are all living through challenging times. Perhaps by accepting, adjusting and adapting to the change that can help you to steer you and your loved ones through.
Today it might feel like you and your loved ones are on a boat in the middle of the ocean... not knowing when you will next see land.... and what that land will look like.
You may be feeling down, uncertain about many things, alienated, depleted, wretched, sad or worried about something, you may be hoping to make changes in your life and behaviour.
Perhaps you are looking for answers, reasons, purpose and meaning, you may be feeling unfulfilled, unproductive, trapped or alienated from work, family and friends.
We can find the best way to navigate and cope in the 'here-and-now' and we can explore how you got there and where you are going.
You may be considering counselling for something specific such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Relationships, Bereavement and loss, self esteem and confidence, Alcohol and Addiction and you may be looking for longer term psychotherapy.
Often the two, Counselling and Psychotherapy, go hand in hand.
I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in clinical settings since 2001 and Private Practice since 2005. BACP Accredited in 2006, BACP Senior Accredited in 2012 and working as a Consultant and Clinical Supervisor since 2005.
I can provide counselling/psychotherapy appointments to adults, couples, families, adolescents and in some circumstances children.
To fit in with your schedules, telephone and/or Skype sessions are also possible.
I also am able to work with a Philosophy and Egan based personal coaching model.
My practice is set in private, anonymous and secure consultation rooms accessed by entry phone systems in Balham (Bedford Hill)
Please see photograph of consultation room below.
Sessions are 50-minutes in length and are usually weekly.
If you are looking for twice weekly or fortnightly sessions please let me know when you contact me. I can offer flexible appointments to fit in with your changing schedule.
I provide appointments in the daytime, evening and some Saturdays.
During your first appointment we can discuss what brings you to counselling, what's troubling you and on your mind. Then we can discuss what you are looking for and how to develop a way of working that integrates and blends appropriate useful therapeutic approaches that best fit you.
Over the years, I have developed an Eclectic/Pluralistic approach.
In other words I am non-dogmatic to any particular way of working. We can work in response to your needs in short-term or longer-term therapy as well as personal consultation/coaching.
For example you will be able to work within Humanistic, Integrative, Family-Systemic, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and Existential models as you focus on what it's like to be you and on what's going on in your life today.
If appropriate, I am able to use hypnotherapeutic tools involving grounding and relaxation exercises alongside guided and/or creative visualisation techniques.
I have trained and have workplace and private practice experience of using Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) ( sometimes called 'Rewind Therapy') techniques and tools if required.
I have robust training and experience in working Systemically with individuals, couples and families in private practice, within an NHS Family Therapy Clinic, Local Authority Child and Family Services and a Charity Counselling Service.
My practice includes working with new parents finding things challenging, bereavement, addictions, and mental health concerns in families.
I am able to offer an integrative behavioural model for couples with any specific problem such as depression.
For more information please visit my website by clicking on the link at the top of the page.
You are welcome to call or sms me on 07791833279.
If you prefer to email to discuss what you are looking for, I will reply as soon as possible.
All contacts are held as confidential.
For more information you can also access my website at the top of the page.
Training, qualifications & experience
UK Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist (UKRCP)
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP-Registered & Senior Accredited)
Health Code Private Practice Register (HCPPR)
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP-Registered & Senior Accredited)
Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals (FDAP)
Association of Family Therapists (AFT)
INSURANCE HEALTHCARE REGISTRATIONS
AXA, HCPPR, BUPA, AVIVA, VITALITY, WPA and PRU Healthcare recognised counselling and psychotherapy provider.
MA Counselling & Psychotherapy (2008)
Systemic Couples & Family Therapy Level (I) & (II) (Equiv. Post Grad. Dip) (2010)
Foundation in Psychoanalysis (2009)
Dip. Counselling Supervision (2005)
Adv. Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (2003)
B.Sc (Hons) Soc. (1976)
My practice includes integrating personal coaching.
ORGANISATIONAL based experience:
Blenheim IDAS Battersea, Clinical Supervisor
Blenheim Community Drug Project CDP Vauxhall
Crime Reduction Initiative Hammersmith & Fulham (Alcohol Services), Clinical Supervisor
RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addictied Prisoners Trust) Programme Manager, Senior Therapist
Ealing Drug Intervention Service, Clinical Supervisor
KCA Foundation young peoples addiction therapy, Clinical Supervisor
Freedom Recovery Centre 12-step programme, Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre Clapham Addiction Recovery Programme, Programme Manager, Senior Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre, Clapham, External Psychotherapist
Equinox Alcohol Service, Psychotherapist
Turning Point Addiction Services, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
TRAUMA RELATED WORK:
Safer London Foundation, Gang exit strategy, Harmful sexual Behaviour.
Missing People. Charity helping families of people who are missing. Clincal Lead telephone counselling service.
Vicitm Support London, (Trauma, Crisis, Homicide, Rape, Assault, Domestic, Homophobic Violence, Race crime, Suicide, Robbery...) Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
The British Refugee Council (Imprisonment, Torture, Trauma, Rape, Displacement, Violence, Seperation Loss, Genocide, Homicide, War, 'Ethnic Cleansing'...), Clinical Supervisor
My portfolio includes developing, managing and supervising a counselling service in a charity based setting for victims of crime (2001-2014).
From 2010 to 2011, I practiced as an Honorary Therapist at the Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic within the SW London & St Georges NHS Mental health Trust.
This has given me considerable statutory and non-statutory workplace and private practice experience in working with depression, low self esteem, anger/rage, shame/guilt, bereavement/loss, trauma/crisis, and specialist experience working with domestic violence, homophobic abuse and sexual violence including male and female rape, post traumatic stress, recovery from crime, life crisis and motivation, alcohol and drug misuse, binge drinking, gambling, co-dependency sex and love addiction.
I also have 3 years experience of tutoring/lecturing and teaching trainee counsellors.
I am a qualified counselling and consultancy supervisor and am providing/have provided Counselling and Consultation Supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists in many settings including:
Lambeth Mind, Equinox, Ealing DAIS, Turning Point, Various Victim Support Schemes, The Her Centre, KCA, Freedom Recovery Centre, The Awareness Centre NHS and General clinical practice, The British Refugee Council. Safer London Foundation, Gang exit.
Salaried, Non-salaried and Honorary Statutory and non Statutory Clinical Work experience:
Age UK (Formerly Age Concern) Consultant Supervisor
Awareness Centre Addiction Recovery Programme Senior Therapist / Programme Manager
Awareness Centre Counselling/Psychotherapy and NHS Service Clinical Supervisor
Balham Community Counselling Service (BCCS) Therapist
Blenheim CDP Community Drug and Alcohol Agency Clinical Supervisor
Chanel 4 Film Productions Support Psychotherapist
Criminal Reduction Initiative Hammersmith & Fulham (CRI) Clinical Supervisor
Dovedale Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Psychotherapist
Ealing Drug Intervention Alcohol Service (DIAS) Clinical Supervisor
Equinox Alcohol Service (EAS) Psychotherapist
Family Adolescent & Child Team, SW London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust. Psychotherapist
Family Adults Clinic, SW London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust. Psychotherapist
Freedom Recovery Centre (FRC) Clinical Supervisor
ITV Family Conflict Programme Support Psychotherapist
KCA Foundation (Bypass) Young Person's Addiction Service Clinical Supervisor
Lambeth Local Council Child Protection Services, Psychotherapist
Lambeth Community College
Lambeth Mind Consultant Supervisor
Lavender Hill Association of Community Psychotherapists Clinical Supervisor
LEAP, Confronting Conflict External Clinical Supervisor
Mayors Office for Policing and Crime. (MOPAC) Domestic Violence Outreach teams. Clinical Supervisor
Merton Social Services Child and Family Team, Psychotherapist
Missing People Clinical Lead
British Refugee Council Clinical Supervisor
Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPT) Programme Manager/Senior Therapist
Safer London Foundation. Clinical Supervisor
SPACE Community Counselling Service Clinical Supervisor
Space Kensington & Chelsea Counselling Services Clinical Supervisor
Stirling University Psychotherapy Research Support
Turning Point Adult Alcohol Service (ACAPS) Clinical Supervisor
Victim Support, Homicide, Rape, Domestic Violence Teams Clinical Supervisor
Wandsworth Council, Child Safety Services, Psychotherapist
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
Crime, homicide, suicide, sexual assault, rape, physical assault, trauma, relationships, race, sexuality, sexual orientation
Same and opposite gender retaionships.
Coaching, Training, Workshops, Therapeutic & Support Groups
Counselling and Consultancy Supervision, Mediation
£85.00 Individual (50-minutes)
£100.00 Couples (50-minutes)
£110.00-£150.00 Families (depending on attendees and length of session)
I am registered with and take clients/patients covered by BUPA, AXA, AVIVA, WPA, Pruhealth, and Vitality.
Member of Healthcode Private Practice Register
Some concessions for counsellors in training and lower cost sessions may be available. Please ask me about this when you first make contact.
To discuss what you are looking for, please call or text on 07791833279.
If you are sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org please supply a mobile number as sometimes my emails end up in junk or spam mail boxes.
For more information you can also access my website below or at the top of the page or go to U-Tube, Greatvine, Christopher Clow
In compliance with GDPR 2018 I keep all personal and private information about you stored electronically password protected and seperate from your name.
Any paper documents I store in a locked filing cabinet in my private lockable office.
I do not share your personal, confidential and private information with any other persons, comapanies or oragnisations.
Concessions offered for
As you have found your way here, it might be safe to say you are searching for answers, something is bothering you or you are considering making some change in your life.
Perhaps you have decided it’s time to talk to someone other than a friend, family member or work colleague and to share things about yourself that you wish to be held in a professional, non-judgemental, confidential and safe manner.
Maybe you are concerned about some behaviour that’s affecting you, your friends, family or work. Perhaps you wish to get away from or find a way to adapt to a difficult situation you find yourself in.
You may be in crisis or have experienced a recent trauma, loss of a loved one or are unsure why you are feeling the way you are.
You may have memories, thoughts and feelings that are bothering you.
Perhaps you feel trapped and things are unravelling.
Dreams and poor sleep may be affecting you. You have already had therapy and wish to start up once more, are looking for something different or wish to give yourself further time to talk about your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help. Before you decide to go further, however, please be mindful that therapy can be challenging, and takes time and commitment.
Revealing things about yourself to a stranger may be unfamiliar to you at first and it may take a while for you to settle. Or that neutral space may be just what you need.
What you can learn about yourself, how you can come to accept your experience, make changes in your perception of your world, find understanding of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour and can be deeply rewarding and profoundly life-changing.
There are no guarantees in this work and it will be up to you how far you wish to go and at what pace. We will work together in response to your needs and this can involve short-term or longer-term therapy.
It is important that you know that all our contact is treated with confidentiality as a sacred part of our engagement and when we meet for the initial appointment meeting we can discuss this further and I will answer any questions you may have.
Please call or email to dicsuss what you are looking for.
For more information you can also access my website below or at the top of the page.