Chris Crooks MBACP (Accred)
I have been working as a counsellor for over ten years now and have many and various experiences of helping both individuals and couples to find answers within themselves for life situations and challenges.
If you have a problem or a crisis which invariably involves other people with situations that seem impossible to deal with at the time, counselling can help. Often the road to recovery involves coming to an understanding of what is going on for you so that self-direction can emerge and a way forward can be found.
Counselling is the process of helping you to explore who you are, why you think and act the way you do and how you can make changes to live in a way that is more fulfilling and acceptable to you. This will inevitably involve how you think about yourself, how you relate to others and the world around you and how you view your journey in the world at any given point.
Even though your particular situation or condition seems utterly devastating counselling can help you see more clearly the answers you are seeking.
My sessions can also greatly help with the process of coming to terms with emotionally challenging life events that at the time can appear almost overbearing. This can relate to bereavement issues concerning the loss of very close family or friends as well as relationship breakdowns that can be equally devastating.
Counselling can offer a breathing space where issues can be explored in confidence when even speaking to our nearest and dearest has the potential to amplify or complicate the problem.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Counselling (CPCAB) and a Certificate in Reality Therapy (William Glasser Institute). As well as working within local G.P. surgeries I have also taught counselling with various groups and organizations. In the seventies and eighties I worked as a professional actor which set the foundation for my interest in personal awareness and spiritual growth.
I have a particular interest in the Existentialist approach to therapy which, whilst recognising and acknowledging specific presenting issues, focuses on examining the whole personality in regard to making choices and dealing with circumstances. I am also trained in the cognitive/behavioural approach which provides opportunity to examine thoughts and ways of doing things. This can often produce concrete ideas for the resolution of difficulties.
I work in private practice and also have a Diploma in Supervision (Metanoia Institute).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Supervision and Couples £40.
I can also make appointments at the Olney Treatment Rooms and also at the address 15 St Cuthberts Street.