Hi, I’m Chris and I’m an integrative counsellor, specialising in working with children and young people, although I also work with adults. I am predominantly person-centred in my approach, although I also draw on psychodynamic, CBT and existential techniques, where appropriate.
Making the choice to seek counselling can be daunting in itself; with the pressure of finding a counsellor who you feel can provide you with a confidential space in which you can express your thoughts, feelings and fears without judgement.
Counselling can provide help if you are feeling dissatisfied or confused about your life, along with enabling you to find a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation. It can provide you with the tools to enable you to make effective decisions and choices that can positively impact your life.
Counselling is a process that you must personally choose to engage in to be effective; no-one should force or pressurise you to attend.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by their ethical framework for good practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2016 with a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by their ethical framework for good practice. I am predominantly person-centred in my approach, although I also draw on psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavoural Therapy (CBT) and existential techniques.
I decided to train as a counsellor after eight years of working in residential and educational settings with young adults with a range of complex physical disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. These ranged from emotional and behavioural disorders, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADD and ADHD, to profound and multiple physical disabilities – all of which impacted their lives profoundly.
Since qualifying, I have specialised as a youth counsellor, working with children and young adults from varying backgrounds and situations, for the past four years. This includes working for a charity, going into a number of Berkshire schools as a school counsellor. One of these is a school for young adults with a wide range of learning disabilities, including autism.
In addition, I work within the Local Authority (Hampshire) as a child and adolescent trauma therapist, working therapeutically with children and young people who have been sexually abused or exploited.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£50.00 per session
My fees, per 50 minute session, are £50. Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer at the end of each session. (Prices are reviewed in April each year).