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.
I decided to train as a counsellor after a number of years where I was employed as a care and support worker, assisting young adults with a range of complex physical disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. These ranged from emotional and behavioural disorders, including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, to profound and multiple physical disabilities – all of which impacted their lives profoundly. I observed the extremely positive influence talking therapies had on the quality of the lives of these young people, giving them a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. This led to me wanting to train to be a counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Farnborough College of Technology in Hampshire, which is highly recognised for its standards in delivering counselling training, where I achieved my Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
This qualification was the sum combination of many years of training and professional experiences. I have a number of years of working as a counsellor, with children and young adults from varying backgrounds and situations.
Both my qualifications and professional experiences have enabled me to work both long and short-term with adults and young people, in private practice, agency environments and secondary schools.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
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My fees, per 50 minute session, are £40 with some concessions available (please enquire). Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session. (Prices are reviewed in April each year).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|