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Chris Elcombe (Dip. Counselling)

About me

I am a qualified counsellor and in advanced training as a relational psychotherapist.

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.

I have particular experience working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem 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

Everyone is different and I tailor my approach to you as an individual. My training is in Transactional Analysis, an approach that supports exploration of underlying beliefs and feelings as part of working through present-day challenges. I believe that our early experiences and relationships have a profound influence on how we feel and behave, what we believe about ourselves and how we relate to others around us.

I also hold that therapy can bring about deep and lasting change, through exploring these beliefs and patterns as they emerge in the present between us. Empathy and attunement to your experience of the world is at the heart of my approach.

Working through this together 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.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • In advanced training towards MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)

I am also an Individual Member of the BACP and a trainee member of the UKCP.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£50 per session. I have limited space at a lower rate for people on reduced income or out of work.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

If you have any other questions about how I work, there is more information on my website: www.chriselcombetherapy.co.uk

And please don't hesitate to email me or call me on 07812 543383.

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
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I am currently working online / phone-only but will be offering face-to-face sessions once restrictions are lifted.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Chris Elcombe (Dip. Counselling)

Chris Elcombe (Dip. Counselling)