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Dip. Therapuetic Counselling, MBACP (Reg)

About me

Contacting a counsellor for the first time can feel difficult, even scary! You may be asking yourself - What's this person like? Will they understand me? Will they judge me? Will they be able to help me?

It's really important to find the counsellor that's right for you.

We’re all unique, with different experiences, expectations and needs, and I offer a flexible approach, working in the way that best suits you.

I always aim to provide a warm, welcoming and safe environment where you will be listened to in confidence. I won't judge you, patronise you or tell you what to do. What I will do is really hear you and together we will help you find your way forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified, professional counsellor and psychotherapist with many years experience of complex mental health issues. I have helped people with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Stress, Abuse and Trauma, Depression, Relationship issues, Gambling and addiction, Loss, Bereavement, Health issues, and long-term and complex mental health problems such as personality disorder, PTSD etc.

I am a registered member of the BACP and am fully insured.

I provide volunteer work as a counsellor at a charity, and also run a private practice based at my home in Wing, near Leighton Buzzard.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer face to face and online sessions.

Currently, due to Covid I am only offering online sessions. This situation may change as the restrictions are lifted. Please enquire if you have a preference.

Fees are £45 per hour with concessions available.

Please enquire if you are a student, unwaged, or suffering financial hardship as I may be able to help with a reduced rate.

When I work

I offer flexible appointments and reduced rates for financial hardship. Please enquire with your needs.

Further information

I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation where you can tell me about why you're seeking counselling, find out about me and how I work, and ask any questions. This can be over the phone, online or in person. This won't be a therapeutic session, but an opportunity to explore working together with no obligations.

Visit my website to find out more and to contact me.

https://www.ChrisCounselling.Com

Wing, Leighton Buzzard, LU7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults