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).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
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Supervision and Couples £40.
I can also make appointments at the Olney Treatment Rooms and also at the address 15 St Cuthberts Street.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
My philosophy of supervision is to develop a person-centred relationship where the supervisee’s needs and well-being are the focus of a working alliance.