Christian 'Chip' Ponsford

Christian 'Chip' Ponsford

The Bodywork Centre
4 Eastgate
NE46 1BH

07940853123 / 07940853123

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The Bodywork Centre
4 Eastgate
NE46 1BH

07940853123 / 07940853123

About me

How can I help ?

I offer a comfortable, private counselling room and a warm welcome. I will listen to you as attentively and non-judgementally as I can. The chance to talk, and be heard can be liberating. It can help you access your enormous potential for self-healing and growth. I am committed to building an increasingly trustworthy environment with the intention that you feel increasingly comfortable to talk openly about your concerns.

The Person-centred therapy I offer can help in the following ways:

• I recognise you as the expert on your own life

• We work at your pace

• We explore your thoughts, ideas, feelings, relationships and behaviour

• We explore together - I work to earn the trust to be your companion in this exploration

• I will be real and open with you

• I believe you have the potential to grow in your own way towards the life you want

How I work

I am committed to being open and transparent with you in that I won’t be labelling you, telling you how you feel or what you should do. My job is to understand how things are for you.

By you exploring and describing your experience to me and by me listening very attentively and uncritically to the whole of your experience you can start to find clarity for yourself. I will check my understanding of what you are saying (I won't just smile and nod) Essentially what I do as I listen is to say "do you mean this?" You might respond with a "not quite, it's more like..." or "yes exactly" and in this way you can make things clearer for yourself by having made them clearer to me. The lack of judgement in our exploration is what can make it very freeing for you.

Why Person-centred?

I am passionate about the person-centred approach because I believe it is most respectful of your expertise about your own life. It fits with my own philosophy and experience that people have an enormous capacity for self-healing and growth if they can access that capacity in a trustworthy environment.

Why am I a counsellor?

Because I have benefited enormously from counselling and I want to offer the same chance to others. This is my way of trying to make the world a better place – one person at a time!

Where have I worked?

The Refugee Therapy Centre, Finsbury Park, London

Working with people from around the world who have experienced severe trauma including torture and war.

Off Centre, Hackney, London

Working with 11 - 25 year olds

Katherine Price Hughes House, London

I was a key-worker at Katherine Price Hughes House with men serving sentences for serious offences.
Such people are often judged or written off for some of their actions and seemed to benefit from a trustworthy relationship in which to explore their lives.

Highbury Counselling Centre

I worked at Highbury Counselling Centre with clients who represented the cultural and ethnic diversity and the material inequality of north London. These clients brought a great many different areas of counselling to work with.

Islington MIND

I have worked at Islington MIND with previously hospitalised people with long-term mental distress such as that which can be caused by childhood sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

The Maytree

I volunteered as a 'befreinder' at ‘The Maytree’ a short-term residential ‘sanctuary for the suicidal' with people who are actively considering suicide but need somewhere to talk through their thoughts and feelings. I found that listening properly and attentively to these people, and simply spending time with them rather than a more common response of persuading them not to commit suicide, helped them explore and find their own way.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma (level 4) and Certificate (level 3) in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have particular experience of working with men and with people who have experienced childhood sexual, physical and psychological abuse.


Sessions for individuals are £45 per full hour

Sessions for couples are £60 per full hour

Maps & Directions

Hexham, NE46 1BH

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I currently have some availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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