Chris Elcombe

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Available for new clients
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London, SE26
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified relational psychotherapist and counsellor, offering short- and long-term therapy for individuals.

I know from personal experience how powerful the therapy space can be for processing painful thoughts and feelings, and exploring ways in which we feel stuck. It’s a place to share, in confidence and without judgment. I believe therapy can help build self-awareness and self-acceptance, to make sense of your life experiences, or find new ways of being in the world and relating to those around you.

I have particular experience working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and the ongoing effects of adverse childhood experiences, including self-harm, addiction and suicidal thoughts. But whether you are struggling with something in particular, or have a sense of something not being right that you can't put your finger on, I can sit with you in exploring and making sense of your experience, and help bring about change.

My approach

I welcome people of all identities, cultures, sexualities and faiths. Everyone is different and I tailor my approach to you as an individual or couple, but attunement to your experience of the world is at the heart of how I work. I believe that, alongside difficult and challenging events in the present, our early experiences and relationships can have a profound influence on how we feel and behave, what we believe about ourselves and how we relate to others around us.

Therapy can bring about deep and lasting change, through exploring these beliefs and patterns together as they emerge between us.  Working through this can help you to find new ways to cope with the challenges that life throws, release emotions that have been blocked, or discover new perspectives and meanings that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

What I offer

I offer both time-limited and open-ended therapy, on a weekly basis. I don't prescribe the number of sessions - everyone has different needs. It is your choice, and something we can discuss together at the beginning, and review as necessary as the therapy progresses. However, I would suggest (though it is not compulsory) that a minimum of 6 sessions is advisable in order to gain any benefit from the work.

But you don't need to commit to anything before we've had a chance to talk: I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss what you might be looking for and to see whether we would like to work with each other.

Group workshops

I run weekend workshops on how we relate to ourselves and to others around us. These small-group settings help build awareness and insight and offer a confidential, receptive space for exploration. Please contact me for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
  • Certified Transactional Analyst (European Association of Transactional Analysis)
  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal growth and exploration

Maybe you have a sense that something is wrong but can't put your finger on what the problem is. This is very common too, and something we can explore together.


£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

£65 per session. I have limited space at a lower rate for people on reduced income or out of work.

Further information

If you have any other questions about how I work, there is more information on my website:

And please don't hesitate to email me.

I offer an initial, free, 20-minute phone consultation to discuss what you might be looking for and to see whether we would like to work with each other.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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There are a small number of steps on entrance. I work in a garden office and there is no access to a toilet at these premises. Please let me know if you have any other access needs - I am open to discussing ways I can reasonably accommodate these.

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Chris Elcombe
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