Chris Bristow

Chris Bristow

25 St Albans Road
St Albans

01727 857722 / 07939 529929

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About me

I am an experienced Relate trained therapist who deals with all relationship issues. I offer couples counselling and also specialise in psychosexual therapy, sex addiction, marriage counselling and eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and obesity.

Other areas that I regularly encounter in my work as a private practitioner from my own purpose-built premises with free off-road parking include helping clients to tackle low self confidence, low self esteem, anger management issues and how to cope with stress.

I work flexibly, according to client availability and preference and offer both daytime and evening appointments starting from 8am up to 9pm Mon-Wed and up to 7pm on Friday.

I have successfully helped many individuals and couples to make positive changes for themselves and thus reach greater fulfilment in their lives.

I offer a warm, open, honest and genuine relationship to clients and always respect individual values, personal choice, religion, culture, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

I work integratively by utilising skills and techniques that I have developed through studying across the range of therapeutic modalities including Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I am a member of both the Experienced Counsellors Network and Couples Counselling Network.

I joined Relate nine years ago and, after completing initial training as a relationship counsellor, went on to study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an integral part of Relate’s psychosexual therapy (PST) Diploma course, held at Herbert Gray College, Rugby.

I completed Relate's PST Diploma in 2004 and still works for Relate Herts Central branch, based in St Albans, as a relationship counsellor and sex therapist.

In November 2007 I completed a course of training in sexual compulsivity and internet pornography addiction run by The Meadows, U.S based addiction recovery centre at Palm Springs, California.

I am currently undergoing training in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

I completed the National Centre for Eating Disorders, (NCFED) Practitioner Skills course in November 2006. Diploma granted June 2007 after written submission. NCFED Nutritional Interventions course completed June 07. NCFED Binge Eating in Obesity course completed September 07.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT) I am bound by the professional code of ethics of both organisations.

I am a member of the Association for Independent Practitioners and I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

National Centre for Eating Disorders, Esher, Surrey: Essential Obesity: Psychological Approaches course completed September 07;

Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders course completed June 07;

Diploma course in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders completed November 2006. Diploma granted June 2007 after written submission.

Relate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy; Herbert Gray College, Rugby, September 2002.

Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling; Herbert Gray College, Rugby, September 2000.

Psychodynamic counselling foundation course; Westminster Pastoral Foundation, St Albans, 1995.

ITEC certificate in anatomy, physiology and massage,West London School of Massage, Bayswater, 1990.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Internet and Pornography addiction
Sexual compulsivity
Communication difficulties


£45 per 60-minute session for individuals and £50 for couples.

Maps & Directions

St Albans, AL4 9LE

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified