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About me

Are you struggling to cope with stress, anxiety or the effects of traumatic events in your life? Are you stuck with difficult feelings and/or circumstances and need help to find a way through them? Or are you looking for answers to “where do I go from here?” Please contact me for a free consultation. I’m always committed to finding ways to help.

My Background

With over 30 years’ experience in mental health and wellbeing I have worked with all ages, from secondary school through to end-of-life care. During this time I have worked with people in many different challenging, traumatic and complex circumstances. I am confident to deal with any issue.

I trained as a Person Centred counsellor between ‘95 and ‘98 (Nottingham University) and added further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Business Coaching over the following years. In the past year I have also undertaken further training in supporting clients with PTSD and complex trauma.

Since the first lockdown I have also been a volunteer counsellor for Frontline19, supporting frontline NHS staff. Prior to this, my work with clients had been solely face to face and local to the Derby area. However, the impact of the lockdowns have taken the majority of my work online for the time being and also expanded my practice to nationwide.

How I work with you

During our first counselling session I will:

  • Listen to you carefully, respectfully and non-judgementally
  • Work with you to identify and clarify your underlying concerns
  • Offer you strategies that can make an immediate impact on your current situation, e.g. techniques to manage anxiety
  • Work with you to identify our goals for counselling and a plan to achieve them

I often provide tasks to undertake between sessions to help to embed progress and accelerate change. I also use my time in between sessions to reflect on our conversations and explore themes and ideas for use in our next session.

I always offer a free initial consultation to enable you to assess whether counselling is the right step and whether I am the right counsellor before you make a commitment. Appointments can be face to face, telephone or video call, during the day, weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. I also offer ‘walk and talk’ sessions.

Contact me now. You can call or text me directly on this phone number or, if you prefer, send me a message and I’ll make contact with you, just let me know how you would like to be contacted - email, phone or text. Finding the courage to take that first step may be daunting but it will make a big difference to your situation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP registered counsellor with the following qualifications and training:

Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Counselling (University of Nottingham) 1995 - '98

Certificate in Stress Management (Centre for Stress Management) 2000

PG Certificate in Business Coaching (University of Derby) 2006 to '08

Certificate in Trauma and Body Based Approach 2020

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

Additional information

£45 per 1 hour session

Availability

Appointments can be face to face, telephone or video call, during the day, weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. I also offer ‘walk and talk’ sessions.

Woodlands Natural Health Centre
Queens Court
Woodland Road
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 1GR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online sessions always available Wheelchair accessible premises for face to face appointments

Chris Allwright

Chris Allwright